When should I take my baby to the doctor for vomiting?

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asked Sep 5 in Baby/Newborn by aviersmit (1,110 points)
When should I take my baby to the doctor for vomiting?

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answered Sep 5 by VD1978 (3,280 points)
You should take your baby to the doctor for vomiting if the vomiting lasts longer than 12 hours or the vomiting gets worse.

Or if the baby is getting dehydrated or has not had a wet diaper in 10 to 12 hours.

Other signs that you should take your baby to the doctor for vomiting include.

Vomits clear fluids for more than 8 hours.
Vomiting lasts more than 24 hours.
Blood or bile (green color) in the vomit.
Stomach ache present when not vomiting.
Dehydration suspected (no urine in over 8 hours, dark urine, very dry mouth, and no tears)
You think your child needs to be seen.

See your baby's pediatrician if your baby has vomiting for longer than 12 hours.

Babies can get dehydrated quickly if they're vomiting.

Get immediate medical attention if your baby is vomiting and has other symptoms and signs like: diarrhea

If your newborn is throwing up when feeding them or soon after feeding the newborn then it could be that the baby is being overfed and getting too full.

A babies stomach is very small and so babies won't need to be fed all that much.

If the baby is starting to push the bottle or the breast away then the baby is likely full.

It could be also that the newborn is having digestive issues and needs more time to allow the milk to digest and go down their throat.

So try feeding the newborn baby a little bit at a time.

Vomiting in a newborn can happen because your baby's tummy is still getting used to digesting food.

They also have to learn to not gulp milk down too fast or overfeed.

Post-feeding vomiting typically stops after the first month.

Give your baby more frequent, smaller feeds to help stop the vomit.

Vomiting in a child should can last between 1 and 2 days.

If the vomiting persists longer than 2 days or the vomiting gets worse then the child should see their doctor or go to the ER or walk in clinic.

It's normal for babies and children to vomit occasionally.

In most cases, the child's vomiting will last no longer than one to two days and isn't a sign of anything serious.

The most common cause of vomiting in children and babies is gastroenteritis.

Gastroenteritis is a short-term illness triggered by the infection and inflammation of the digestive system.

Symptoms of gastroenteritis can include abdominal cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

Some of the causes of gastroenteritis include viruses, bacteria, bacterial toxins, parasites, particular chemicals and some drugs.   

Call your child's healthcare provider and seek medical care if: Your child is younger than 2 months of age and vomits after all feedings.

Vomiting has persisted longer than 24 hours.

Your baby is wetting significantly fewer diapers than normal.  

Most cases of a child vomiting are nothing serious but make sure the child is staying hydrated if they can get some fluids down.

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