Vomiting is throwing up the contents of your stomach. There are many conditions and diseases that can lead to vomiting, with stomach flu being one of the most common.
Dignity Health provides emergency care for persistent and severe vomiting in the Sacramento region. Find a location near you or call 911 for emergency medical treatment.
What Causes Vomiting?
Stomach flu is a common cause of vomiting, especially in children. It causes inflammation and irritation of your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. In kids, the most likely virus is rotavirus. Vomiting can also be caused by meningitis, appendicitis, and food poisoning.
Symptoms of Vomiting
Along with vomiting, the stomach flu can also cause nausea and watery diarrhea, as well as:
- Body aches
- Abdominal pain, cramping, and bloating
These symptoms usually only last a couple of days, but they can lead to dehydration, especially in infants, children, and the elderly.
Common signs of dehydration include urinating less than normal, dark urine, thirst, fatigue, and dizziness or lightheadedness. For infants and toddlers, signs include no wet diapers for three hours, dry mouth and tongue, no tears with crying, and sunken eyes, cheeks, or soft spots. Another sign in both adults and children is the condition of their skin. Gently pinching the skin will result in the skin not flattening out normally.
You should see a doctor at Dignity Health as soon as possible for:
- Signs of dehydration
- Vomiting that lasts for more than two days
- Bloody vomit
- High fever
- Inability to keep down liquids
- Severe abdominal pain
Treatment Options for Vomiting at Dignity Health
Treatment vomiting depends on the cause. If a virus is the cause, the focus of treatment will be preventing dehydration until your body can clear the virus from your system. Replacing fluids and electrolytes is the best way to prevent dehydration, such as with sports drinks, clear sodas, and broths. Taking small sips or sucking on ice chips is often helpful. Once your vomiting has stopped for 24 hours, you can gradually start eating as normal.
Regularly washing your hands is the best way to prevent the stomach flu.
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Dignity Health provides treatment for severe and persistent vomiting in the Sacramento region through our advanced emergency departments.