Repeated vomiting: The child vomits
nearly every time he or she tries to drink something. This type of vomiting
makes it impossible to keep down any fluids or solid food, which greatly
increases the chance of becoming dehydrated. The child has an even greater
chance of dehydration if he or she also has diarrhea.
Occasional vomiting: Some young children vomit every once in a
while for no clear reason. This usually does not increase the risk of
dehydration or other problems as long as the child can keep down fluids between
vomiting. The more time that passes between episodes of vomiting, the less
serious it probably is. But if the vomiting continues, it may be important to
find the cause.
Intermittent, ongoing vomiting usually does not increase a child's
dehydration or other problems as long as the child is
able to hold down food and fluids between vomiting. Some young children vomit
every once in a while for no apparent reason, and this does not cause any
long-term problems. But if the vomiting continues, the child should see a doctor to find out whether there is an underlying cause. The more time
that passes between episodes of vomiting, the less concerning it is.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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