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How can you tell if stress is causing your child to throw up?

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Some kids throw up when they’re stressed. It may be because some other health problem, such as an ear infection, is bothering them. Or your child might throw up after crying for a long time. A good way to tell if the throwing up is stress-related is if it happens only once or twice and they don’t have any other symptoms like stomach pain or diarrhea.

SOURCES:

Kids Health: “Stomach Flu,” “Food Poisoning,” “Concussion.”

Merck Manual: “Gastroenteritis in Children.”

Mayo Clinic: “Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu),” “Food poisoning.”

Minnesota Department of Health: “Norovirus Fact Sheet.”

CDC: “Norovirus.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Food Allergy.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Food Poisoning (Foodborne Illness),” “Patient Education: Nausea and Vomiting in Infants and Children.”

Medscape: “Vomiting in the Pediatric Age Group.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Vomiting Without Diarrhea,” “Car Sickness.”

Migraine Research Foundation: “Migraines in Kids and Teens.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 24, 2017

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SOURCES:

Kids Health: “Stomach Flu,” “Food Poisoning,” “Concussion.”

Merck Manual: “Gastroenteritis in Children.”

Mayo Clinic: “Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu),” “Food poisoning.”

Minnesota Department of Health: “Norovirus Fact Sheet.”

CDC: “Norovirus.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Food Allergy.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Food Poisoning (Foodborne Illness),” “Patient Education: Nausea and Vomiting in Infants and Children.”

Medscape: “Vomiting in the Pediatric Age Group.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Vomiting Without Diarrhea,” “Car Sickness.”

Migraine Research Foundation: “Migraines in Kids and Teens.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 24, 2017

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