What to do when Your Baby is Vomiting due to Infection

Vomiting in babies is quite common. It is usually caused by a viral infection. Vomiting and diarrhea is called gastroenteritis and is a normal part of your kids health. As with older children, it is important to keep your baby well hydrated. Babies are more likely to become dehydrated than older children.

How to Look after your Vomiting Baby by Dr Orlena Kerek, paediatrician

Keep Your Baby Hydrated

As with any child who is vomiting, the most important issue is keeping your baby hydrated. This means making sure that they are getting enough liquids.

What Fluids to give a Vomiting Baby

Your baby can continue to have milk, either breast milk or formula. Breast milk is a great fluid to give babies and will comfort them as well. You may find that smaller more frequent feeds work better if they are vomiting.

You can give them additional oral rehydration salts (a mixture of salt and sugar that you can buy from the pharmacy.) Give them a small amount, 1 teaspoon every 5 minutes.

Look out for Signs of Dehydration

Preventing Vomiting Spreading

Remember to be extra careful to wash your hands and have good hygiene when someone is vomiting in the house. The best way to stop the germs from spreading is to maintain good hygiene but it can be very difficult to prevent spreading with small children around.

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How to Look after your Vomiting Baby by Dr Orlena Kerek, paediatrician