There’s one thing that’s worse than stinky diapers. Vomiting. When your child vomits, especially if you’re a new parent, it can be a very traumatic experience. Not just for your child, but for you as well. But there are some things to keep in mind before you go into a full-blown panic.
First of all, know that vomiting can happen for many different reasons. Sometimes, your child might vomit because something they ate caused discord in their tummy. It might just be a random vomiting, but the only way to know for sure is to keep an eye on your child. If she feels better afterward and there are no other symptoms, then it’s nothing to worry about.
But there will be times that your child vomits because she is sick. You’ll know because a fever or other symptoms will show themselves. It could also be a stomach bug which is one of the worst things to deal with because it involves hefty amounts of vomit shooting out of your child for a good 24 hours. And if that’s the case, prepare yourself for what’s to come because unless you are incredibly lucky, the entire rest of your household will catch it too.
Regardless of the reason for the vomiting, there are some things you can do to make the situation better. For starters, don’t freak out. It will only scare your child more. Vomiting is very scary to little ones, so keep them calm even if you feel anything but. As you clean up, if you’re worried about your child vomiting again, give them something they can throw up into just in case.
You’ll want to do anything you can to help your child feel more comfortable. So if she has a fever, use a fever reducer. If your child keeps throwing everything up including, don’t force her to eat but do make sure she’s drinking water or something that contains electrolytes. Staying hydrated is very important in battling the barf.
You can also help reduce queasiness by drenching cotton balls with rubbing alcohol. Let your child smell the rubbing alcohol. You can also apply it under her nose. This is a fantastic trick to get rid of nausea that works even on adults.
If after 24 hours, things don’t improve or your child has a rising fever, contact your child’s doctor. Before then though, ride things out by observing your child and taking steps to comfort her and don’t forget to get busy disinfecting your home to get those germs out of there!