Saturday, September 18, 2010

Vomiting - Measures for Self-Care

Measures for Self-Care
  • Don't eat solid foods; don't drink milk.
  • Drink only clear liquids (such as clear soups or coconut water). Take small sips; i.e., drink only one to two ounces at a time. Suck on ice chips if nothing else will stay down.
  • After you stop vomiting, continue with clear liquids. Gradually return to regular diet, but wait about 8 hours from the last time you vomited to eat solid foods. Start with foods that are easy to digest.
  • Don't smoke, don't drink alcohol, and don't take aspirin.
Call Your Doctor for
  • Very severe stomach pain, which lasts for more than two hours.
  • Yellow looking skin or if the whites or the eyes appear yellow.
  • Vomiting which lasts for more than 12 hours (two to six hours for a small child) without subsiding.
Get Immediate Care for
  • Vomiting caused by a serious head injury.
  • Vomiting accompanied a stiff neck, fever, headache, and lethargy.
  • Vomiting which is black or bloody.
  • Dehydration (symptoms: very little or no urine, extreme thirst; and lightheadedness; dry skin that doesn't spring back after being pinched; sunken eyes; and confusion). Vomiting occurring after a mild blow or injury to the head.

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