Skip to content
    Font Size

    Understanding Nausea and Vomiting -- Prevention

    How Can I Prevent Nausea and Vomiting?

    If you feel nauseated, here are some tips:

    • Avoid foods that are hard to digest.
    • If the smell of hot food makes you feel ill, try eating cool or cold meals.
    • Eat six small meals each day instead of three large ones.
    • Do not lay down after eating. Rest with your head higher than your feet.
    • If you feel nauseated when you wake up in the morning, eat some lean meat or cheese before going to bed or keep plain crackers by the side of your bed and eat a few before getting up.
    • Drink at least six glasses of water a day.


    Recommended Related to Digestive Disorders

    Understanding Diarrhea -- Diagnosis & Treatment

    Your doctor's most important tool for diagnosing the cause of your diarrhea is the information you provide. You will need to inform the doctor about recent travel and whether other people in your family are ill. Providing details about the stool may be embarrassing, but they are very important, such as frequent presence of blood or mucus; how watery it is; how long you've had diarrhea; whether you are also experiencing severe urgency, abdominal pain, or pain in your rectum; and whether it occurs...

    Read the Understanding Diarrhea -- Diagnosis & Treatment article > >


    How Can I Prevent Vomiting?

    If you are already feeling nauseated, these tips may help you avoid vomiting:

    • Sit down or lie in a propped-up position. Physical activity will make you feel worse.
    • Drink a small amount of a sweet beverage such as ginger ale or Gatorade. Drinks with sugar in them help calm the stomach. However, avoid acidic drinks like orange juice or grapefruit juice.
    • Have a popsicle or a similar sweetened ice treat.


    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein, MD on March 18, 2015

    Today on WebMD

    man holding his stomach
    Get the facts on common problems.
    blueberries in a palm
    Best and worst foods.
    woman shopping
    Learn what foods to avoid.
    fresh and dried plums
    Will it help constipation?
    diverticuliltis illustration
    couple eating at cafe
    sick child
    Woman blowing bubble gum

    Send yourself a link to download the app.

    Loading ...

    Please wait...

    This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.


    Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

    Woman with crohns in pain
    Woman with stomach pain
    diet for diverticulitis
    what causes diarrhea