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Almost all breast cancer treatments have varying degrees of risk for nausea and vomiting. Some people never have nausea or vomiting, while others experience it frequently. Many people describe having "stomach awareness," a type of discomfort in which a person is not interested in eating, but does not feel nauseated. Some people have nausea that lingers more than a week beyond chemotherapy. Thankfully, these side effects can almost always be controlled, or at least substantially reduced, by a variety of medications and lifestyle changes. Learn more about the causes and ways to relieve nausea and vomiting .
Don't force yourself to drink or eat if you're nauseated or vomiting. It's a good idea to avoid eating for about 4 to 8 hours if you're vomiting often. Along the way, try small sips of water or flat ginger ale. After your stomach settles down a bit, begin to replace some of the chemicals and fluids that you might have lost because of the vomiting. Try sipping chicken or vegetable brot...
I have a 13 year old daughter that gets nauseated and sometimes stomach cramping with it about 4 times a year that usually lasts 2 days. She won't eat and can't go to school. She feels miserable during these times. i usually give her medicine for acid reflux (Nexium or Prilosec) with Mylanta and it has no positive effect. Could these be abdominal migraines? She has had nausea for the last day and a half with no stomach pain. She has a chronic condition of some sort. What do you suggest? Sara.
Yes, this could be abdominal Migraine. For more information, see Abdominal Migraine - The Basics .
Our suggestion? Take your daughter to the doctor to find out if this is abdominal Migraine or something else and what to do for her when these episodes occur.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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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.
Most vomiting comes from mild viral or food-related illnes...
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