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Vomiting Without Diarrhea

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Should I CAll?

Call 911 Now (your child may need an ambulance) If

  • Can't wake up
  • Not moving or too weak to stand
  • You think your child has a life-threatening emergency

Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If

  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • Acts or talks confused
  • Hard to wake up
  • Stiff neck or bulging soft spot
  • Headache
  • Dehydration suspected. (No urine in over 8 hours, dark urine, very dry mouth and no tears)
  • Blood in the vomit that's not from a nosebleed
  • Bile (green color) in the vomit (Exception: Stomach juice which is yellow)
  • Stomach pain when not vomiting. (Exception: Stomach pain or crying just before vomiting is quite common.)
  • Appendicitis suspected. (pain low on right side, won't jump, wants to lie still)
  • Diabetes suspected (drinking lots, frequent urine, weight loss)
  • Poisoning suspected
  • Age under 12 weeks old with vomiting 2 or more times. (Exception: normal spitting up)
  • Getting Pedialyte (or clear fluids) and vomits all of it for more than 8 hours
  • High-risk child (such as diabetes, stomach or head injury)
  • Weak immune system. (Such as sickle cell disease, HIV, cancer, organ transplant, taking oral steroids)
  • Vomiting a prescription medicine
  • Fever over 104° F (40° C)
  • Age under 12 weeks old with fever. (Caution: Do NOT give your baby any fever medicine before being seen.)
  • You think your child needs to be seen urgently

Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm) If

  • You think your child needs to be seen, but not urgently
  • Vomits for more than 24 hours
  • Fever lasts more than 3 days
  • Fever returns after gone for more than 24 hours

Call Your Doctor During Weekday Office Hours If

  • You have other questions or concerns
  • Vomiting is a frequent problem

Parent Care at Home If

  • Mild or moderate vomiting (most likely viral gastritis)

Disclaimer

The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained in these topics is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.

  • Not a Substitute - The information and materials in Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker should not be used as a substitute for the care and knowledge that your physician can provide to you.
  • Supplement - The information and materials presented here in Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker are meant to supplement the information that you obtain from your physician. If there is a disagreement between the information presented herein and what your physician has told you -- it is more likely that your physician is correct. He or she has the benefit of knowing your child's medical problems.
  • Limitations - You should recognize that the information and materials presented here in Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker have the following limitations, in comparison to being examined by your own physician:
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    • Your child's doctor can perform a physical examination and any necessary tests.
    • Your child could have an underlying medical problem that requires a physician to detect.
    • If your child is taking medications, they could influence how he experiences various symptoms.

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