Vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain is never any fun. However, these symptoms are not always a sign of a crisis...
Vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain is never any fun. However, these symptoms are not always a sign of a crisis either. In most cases, if your little one stays comfortable and hydrated, you don't need to worry much and can give home treatment (after checking with your pediatrician is a-ok). What stomach issues should you worry about... If your little one is under 6 months of age and has a fever above 101 along with bloody poop or diarrhea then call your pediatrician. If your baby is under 6 months and has both vomiting and a fever head to the doctors right away. Fever with vomiting is especially not normal in a newborn. Don't confuse vomiting with common spit up though. Most newborns do spit up some white looking goo after a feeding - but not persistently and not in huge amounts. If vomiting or diarrhea occurs every few hours or won't stop after a couple of days call the pediatrician. If your baby or toddler is also very tired or listless or looses consciousness and has had any sort of stomach issue call the pediatrician. ALTHOUGH - if your little one is not regaining consciousness call 911 (read: Emergency child care: your baby suddenly won’t respond to you) If your baby or toddler can't keep fluids down for more than 8 hours see the doc right away. Black or bloody vomit or severe abdominal pain are warning signs to see a doctor right away no matter the age of your child. If your little one shows signs of dehydration (sunken eyes, thirst, decreased urination, or dry lips) go to the doctors now. As for actual stomach pain, if your child has pain along with any of the following, you need to go to the doctors immediately...
- Sore throat
- rapid breathing
- Swollen glands
- Possible poison ingestion
- Joint pain
- Pain in only one part of the stomach
- Yellow skin (jaundice)