Emesis; Vomiting; Stomach upset; Upset stomach
It is important to stay hydrated. Try frequent, small amounts of clear liquids, such as electrolyte solutions. Other clear liquids -- such as water, ginger ale, or fruit juices -- also work unless the vomiting is severe or it is a baby who is vomiting.
For breast-fed babies, breast milk is usually best. Formula-fed babies usually need clear liquids.
Don't drink too much at one time. Stretching the stomach can make nausea and vomiting worse. Avoid solid foods until there has been no vomiting for six hours, and then work slowly back to a normal diet.
An over-the-counter bismuth stomach remedy like Pepto-Bismol is effective for upset stomach, nausea, indigestion, and diarrhea. Because it contains aspirin-like salicylates, it should NOT be used in children or teenagers who might have (or recently had) chickenpox or the flu.
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BUT, Here's a Vital Question:
Is the severe nausea and the accompanying vomiting truly making the meds, "not stay down?" The very, very important answer to that questions is, " Probably not entirely. " You may have read about gastric stasis and how it can keep oral medications from absorbing correctly and being optimally effective. That's not uncommon, but even if gastric stasis is a problem, SOME of the medication can enter our system within seconds of swallowing it.
Here's a Huge Problem:
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