Vomiting in Infants

see also Nausea & Vomiting

Regurgitation of small amounts of feed is quite normal (see Feeding Problems), but if nearly all food is regurgitated and vomiting has been going on for more an 24 hours, call your medical doctor. Repeated vomiting is very dehydrating for a young baby; if signs of dehydration are present (dry mouth, sunken eyes, depressed fontanelle), consult your doctor if there is no improvement in 2 hours and try to give sips of water with a little glucose and salt dissolved in it (1 teaspoon glucose and 1/2 teaspoon salt to 0.5 l [1 pint] boiled cooled water.)

If vomiting is accompanied by bouts of screaming, or if vomit is greenish-yellow, cause may be obstruction or Intussusception; appropriate action is to consult your doctor if there is no improvement in 2 hours, and give Aconite 30c every 5 minutes for up to 10 doses. Vomiting can also be a symptom of Gastroenteritis (with fever and frequent, watery stools), Whooping Cough (slight fever, runny nose, paroxysms of coughing), and pyloric stenosis; in latter case, baby may vomit with such force that stomach contents are propelled some distance across room. If any of these conditions is suspected, consult your doctor if there is no improvement in 12 hours.

Specific remedies to be given every hour, or every 15 minutes if vomiting is severe, for up to 10 doses

  • For vomiting generally Ipecac 30c
  • Waxy pallor, no crying, bluish rings around eyes Phosphoric ac. 30c
  • Vomit full of green or yellow curds, perhaps because baby has developed intolerance of milk, baby exhausted and very distressed Aethusa 30c
  • Vomiting in a fat, flabby baby who is prone to sour-smelling head sweats during sleep, fontanelle slow to close, teeth late in coming through Calcarea 30c
  • Marked distention of abdomen Lac can. 30c
  • Vomiting accompanied by constipation, stools pale, dry, and crumbly Magnesia carb. 30c
  • Baby's stomach full of wind and rumbling which obviously cause pain Natrum carb. 30c
  • Baby refuses breast, has sweaty head and cold smelly feet Silicea 30c
  • Vomiting caused by fruit or food which has gone off slightly Arsenicum 30c
  • Vomiting caused by fright Aconite 30c
  • Vomiting brought on by rich or fatty foods, baby irritable and wants to be left alone Bryonia 30c
  • Vomiting accompanied by craving for cold water, which is vomited up as soon as it becomes warm in stomach Phosphorus 30c

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  Gastroenteritis in Infants
  Nausea & Vomiting
  Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
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  National Deaf Children's Society
  Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID)
  La Leche League Great Britain
  National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
  Cry-sis Helpline
  National Asthma Campaign

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