Vomiting or Nausea in Children

Nausea with or without vomiting is common in children. Most of the time, the cause is not serious. The symptoms usually go away in a day or two and can be managed at home. However, there are times when you should alert your child's doctor immediately.

Nausea or vomiting associated with one or more of the following symptoms should prompt an immediate call to the doctor's office:

  • severe abdominal pain

  • a bad headache

  • a stiff neck

  • fever of 102F (39C) or greater

  • frequent diarrhea

  • appears dehydrated

  • not making urine.

Vomiting that seems to be getting worse or that lasts more than one to two days also should be discussed with your doctor.

If your child is older than one year, this health decision guide will help you understand more about what usually causes children to vomit, and help you know when you should contact your pediatrician for medical care. Please note, this guide is not meant to take the place of a visit to your pediatrician's office.

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Your child is vomiting and you are concerned.

When your child vomits, is it a greenish-yellow color, does it contain any blood, or does it look like coffee grounds?

Yes, this describes my child's vomit.

No, that does not describe my child's vomit.

You have said that your child is vomiting or nauseated but the vomit is not greenish-yellow and does not have blood in it or look like coffee grounds.

In addition to feeling nauseated and/or vomiting, does your child have a stomachache?

Yes, my child has a stomachache.

No, my child does not have a stomachache.

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