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The Ultimate Guide to Toddler Vomit


Barf. Puke. Vomit. Call it what you will, but rest assured that as a parent, you’ll encounter kid vomit and it won’t be fun. Ayden will be 2 on the 28th and before yesterday I haven’t cleaned up throw up since he was about 10 months old.

What happened? I’m honestly not sure it was a normal day until it wasn’t and he couldn’t hold ANYTHING down. We reached out to our nurse advice hotline and was told that as long as he wasn’t dehydrated and continued to pee that we should just wait until the morning to take him to his primary care doctor. Apparently toddlers throwing up isn’t top of priority for emergency rooms during the holidays AKA their busy season. Sounds like a bunch of BULL 💩 if you ask me!

What can cause a child to vomit?

~ Viral gastroenteritis

~Motion sickness

~Food poisoning

If your child is vomiting repeatedly and has other symptoms such as fever, lethargy or pain, consult with your doctor.

Do I have to worry about my toddler getting dehydrated if they’ve been vomiting?

YES! dehydration is the top concern when a kid is vomiting. Try reintroducing liquids to them in small increments even if you feel like they’ll just throw it all up.

Signs of dehydration:

-Peeing less frequently than usual

-Dry mouth

-No tears when crying

-Lethargy and/or irritability

-Deep, rapid breathing

What can I give my toddler to drink after they’ve thrown up?

You could offer an oral rehydration solution, like Pedialyte, which contains just the right balance of sugar and salts to maximize fluid absorption.

Can I send my kid to school after she’s been vomiting?

This can be answered two ways sometimes kids throw up and are perfectly fine the next day and in other cases throw up is accompanied by diarrhea, fever, and dehydration. In cases like this wait to send your child back after symptoms have subside.