While vomiting is most often nothing to be overly concerned about, it can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Here are some things to look for when trying to figure out what is causing your toddler to vomit:
First, if your toddler is having trouble breathing or shows signs of severe dehydration, contact emergency services right away.
If there are any signs of bile or blood in the vomit, this could be a symptom of a blockage and needs medical attention right away. It’s a good idea to take a sample of the vomit with you to the hospital so the doctors can see it.
When there is severe abdominal pain along with vomiting it could be serious. If there are no other symptoms that would indicate a stomach virus for instance, you will want to take your child to the hospital. The pain could be a sign of a blockage to the bowel.
If your child has a swollen abdomen that is tender along with vomiting, it could be a sign of fluid or gas. Fluid buildup in the abdomen is serious, while gas will usually take care of itself over time.
If your child vomits after having a head injury he may have a concussion. Again, this requires immediate attention.
If the vomiting is combined with a stiff neck and lethargy, meningitis may be the culprit. Seek medical attention immediately.
The following conditions on their own are not emergencies, but should warrant an early doctor’s appointment to discuss the symptoms.
If the vomiting has exceeded 24 hours
If there are signs of dehydration
There are signs of fatigue
Your child looks jaundiced (yellow skin or whites of the eyes)