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Vomiting

Children vomit more readily than adults and often with much less discomfort. Children may vomit as a result of problems not directly related to the bowel or stomach. The cause may be infectious.

Young children sometimes vomit because of a fever, especially a high one. If the child also has episodes of diarrhea, you should suspect an infectious cause.

What to Do

  • If a child has an episode of vomiting, separate the child from the group and watch for other signs of illness.
  • Give the child small drinks of water. Do not offer solid food or milk.
  • Inform parents after vomiting occurs and observe child if otherwise well.
  • If more than one bout of vomiting occurs, inform the child’s parents or emergency contact person immediately and request they pick the child up. Tell them to keep the child home until they have completely stopped vomiting for 24 hours.
  • Call the child’s parents if the child has other symptoms such as an earache, stiff neck or a change in behaviour. Ask parents to pick the child up and seek medical attention.
  • If the child appears to have pain in the abdomen, inform parents immediately. Ask them to pick the child up and seek medical attention.
  • Germs from vomit can spread easily from person to person; handwashing is very important for the staff and children.
  • Clean and sanitize the area where the child vomited as soon as possible.
  • Wash hands thoroughly.

Last modified: February 19, 2020