What should you do if your child is vomiting or has diarrhea?

Your 24/7 NurseAre you a new mom with questions about your child’s health and you don’t know who to ask?

Submit your general questions here for answers by our Baptist Health Line nurses next week.

(Or if you need immediate answers, we are ready to help on the StorkLine at (270) 575-BABY — a free 24-hour hotline for expecting moms and parents of young children.)

A frequent question is about the stomach bug. What should you do if your child has been vomiting or has diarrhea?

If a child vomits more than once, he should not have anything to eat or drink for two hours. That offers the stomach a chance to rest with nothing in it. When starting fluids again, a very small amount of water is the best thing because it doesn’t sit in the stomach very long. You may give one teaspoon of water every 10 minutes. After a period of two to four hours, increase the amount very slowly, switching to Pedialyte for infants and Gatorade for older children. If the child vomits after restarting oral fluids, contact your doctor or speak to a nurse at the StorkLine.

It is best not to give children a medicine to stop the diarrhea. That is the body’s way of getting rid of the virus. Nothing can be done about the diarrhea with diet changes until the vomiting is under control.

Signs of dehydration include no urine output in eight hours, crying with no tears or if the inside of cheek is sticky rather than wet. Any of these symptoms require a visit to the doctor within four hours or the Emergency department.

You can call any time, but let us know your common questions here. We’ll answer some FAQs every Wednesday, so watch here next week. And, remember, you can submit health questions for all ages, not just children.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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