In adults vomiting like diarrhoea can be
caused by contaminated food or drinking too much. Sometimes diarrhoea
or vomiting occur together. Children often vomit when they have an
infection such as tonsillitis or an ear infection. Like diarrhoea,
vomiting usually gets better within 48 hours and can often be treated
- Do not eat, or eat
only very small amounts of plain food for 24-48 hours.
- Drink plenty of clear fluids - small sips taken at frequent
intervals are more likely to stay down then a full glass taken at
When to see
Babies and toddlers who are vomiting frequently, or who will not drink
should be taken to a doctor. A useful indicator of whether your
toddler is drinking enough is the number of wet nappies you are
Diabetics should make
sure they know how to make sure that their diabetes is safely
controlled when they are ill. They should contact their doctor if they
suffer from vomiting.
The elderly whom
suffer episodes of vomiting may need special care and should contact
their doctor. Vomiting which is accompanied by severe stomach pain or
by other symptoms such as pain on passing water may need investigation
by the doctor. Vomiting lasting more than 48 hours should also be
investigated by the doctor.