Pick a virus ….and it is probably circulating in your area! Seems we are at the peak of upper respiratory season, influenza like illness season and also vomiting and diarrhea season. In other words, lots of sick kids right now.
I just started seeing a lot of vomiting again!! It is the worst for both the child and the doctor’s office where it seems many a child has vomited either in the car, coming up the elevator or in the exam room. YUCK for all.
Remember, norovirus is the most common virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea and it is VERY contagious. Not only via “dirty hands” but it is also airborne…so in other words, those standing near by a child who is vomiting (parents, other sibs) are probably being exposed as well. That is the main reason you probably see an entire family who gets sick almost simultaneously.
If your child vomits….DO NOT give them anything to eat or drink for at least 30 min. I know that is hard as they are asking for a drink, but you need to give their tummy a minute to “recover” before challenging them with a few sips of Pedialyte or Gatorade. A SIP is the key word too….tiny amount to start in hopes that they do not vomit again.
I just saw a 6 year old little boy who had been vomiting several times during the night. His Dad said that he had given him Zofran to help stop the vomiting (this is a prescription). I use a lot of Zofran in children who are vomiting as it can go under the tongue. But after the Zofran his son felt better….so he gave him strawberries and a waffle!! Surprise? He vomited again!!
Don’t be fooled and start trying to feed your child too quickly after they are vomiting. I know parents worry that “their child is not eating”, but fluids are the important part of staying hydrated. As one little boy told me, “ it feels like there are grasshoppers in my tummy”!! So well put. I grumbling tummy needs time to heal and frequent sips of clear liquids (no dairy) are the best way to prevent dehydration. As your child tolerates a small volume you can go up a bit and gradually increase the amount that they take. I usually wait a good 4-6 hours after a child has successfully tolerated fluids before I even consider giving them food. Then I start with crackers, noodles or something bland (that I also don’t mind cleaning up) in case they vomit again.
You are just wanting to make sure your child stays hydrated…tears, saliva and urine! Keep washing those hands.