Spitting up in infancy, should be differentiated from vomiting which is usually caused by a viral infection, or flu. When a child’s stomach is upset, all milk products be avoided. Only clear liquids should be given in very small amounts at a time. Here’s an excellent home remedy:
Home Remedy Mix
- One quart of water.
- Two tablespoons of sugar.
- One teaspoon of salt.
- Give one teaspoon every 2 min the first hour.
- Give three to four tablespoons every 15-20 minutes during the next hour.
- Gradually increase the amount as tolerated.
Pedialyte, or other rehydration mixtures may also be used in small amounts. No milk products or foods should be given until the vomiting is under control. Emetrol Syrup is an anti-emetic that can be bought over-the-counter for use with children more than age one. It acts like old-fashioned Coke syrup and may help to relieve the dry heaves. Be sure to call Pediatrix if:
- There is any kind of head injury associated with the vomiting.
- Your child or baby is still vomiting after you have given small amounts of clear fluids for four to six hours.
- There are any signs of dehydration such as no tears, dry diapers or not urinating, dry mouth, listlessness, blood in the vomit or severe abdominal pain.
Once your infant or child is holding down clear fluids then gradually increase his diet for 24 hours. Keep the selections bland, choosing from dry toast, crackers, soup, popsicles, JELLO, dry cereal, applesauce and other mild foods.