Pediatric Vomiting/Diarrhea Treatment in Memphis, TN

If your child is suffering from vomiting/diarrhea then consult with our pediatrician at All Better Pediatrics for useful advice and treatment options. Call us for more information or request an appointment online.

Pediatric Vomiting/Diarrhea Treatment in Memphis, TN
Pediatric Vomiting/Diarrhea Treatment in Memphis, TN

There are many illnesses that will cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. Most of these types of illnesses are caused by viruses; they may or may not have associated fever. In most cases of these types of illnesses, children do not need to be seen; home management of symptoms is sufficient. The most important thing to do is keep your child hydrated.

For children under 3 years old, use an oral rehydration liquid, such as PedialyteTM, or you may continue to breastfeed (breast milk is better tolerated than formula). Older children can be given water, flat ginger ale, or GatoradeTM or PoweradeTM. If your child starts to vomit, don’t worry about giving fluids for the first 1-2 hours, to allow the stomach time to settle. Then start with small, frequent sips of fluids, (i.e., 5mL or 1 teaspoon every 5-10 minutes, for 1-2 hours, or short, frequent breastfeeding sessions). Some children will continue to vomit, but in most cases the frequent, small amounts of liquids will keep them hydrated. Do not offer food/solids until vomiting has been resolved for about 12 hours. If your child wants to sleep, let them sleep.

Use water to keep your child hydrated if they have diarrhea. Juices, PedialyteTM and GatoradeTM/PoweradeTM are all high in sugar and can actually worsen diarrhea. You may continue breastfeeding and/or formula feeding. When offering foods, give more starchy foods, such as rice, bread, potatoes, plain pasta and bananas.

When to call the on-call doctor:

  • If your child is unable to keep any liquids down for several hours (6 hours for children <1 year old or 12 hours for older children)
  • If your child is having severe stomach pain with vomiting.
  • If the vomit has blood or is green in color.
  • If your child is having bloody stools.
  • If your child is unresponsive or appears very dehydrated (sunken eyes, no tears when crying, mouth is dry inside, not urinating for 8-12 hours).