How to settle a child’s stomach

sick child - vommitting

Our little girl had her first experience with throwing up Sunday night (you know, since it stopped being “spit up”). It was both funny and miserable at the same time, because she would throw up, and then she wanted to jump on the bed or chase the cat, then she would throw up again. I was frantic, picturing what happens to a soda can after its been shaken up, and tried to keep her still as best I could, but I was fighting a losing battle, and I knew it.

Now, we don’t give her soda. She mostly drinks milk, and sometimes water and juice. I have lived most of my life as a Coca-Cola addict, and I don’t want the same fate for my offspring. So, we just don’t give it to her.

When my parents insisted that giving a child warm, flat Coca-Cola was the best thing for a messed up tummy, I didn’t really want to listen. I mean, these are the people responsible for my addiction. But, you know what…it worked. I spoon fed it to her, and she was then able to keep down some more liquids, and then some food. Pedialyte didn’t work, water didn’t work, and juice didn’t work. But warm, flat Coke totally did the job.

UPDATE 1/13/10 – Somehow, this post has gotten quite a bit of action on the search engines. Based on my experience, everything I read, and what the doctor’s told me, the best thing to do is to let the kid puke until they stop (as long as they don’t get dehydrated), let them rest for a while if they can (hour or so), then try to give them liquids in small amounts, gradually increasing the amount of liquid if they keep it down. Oh, and let them rest if they fall asleep…don’t wake them up to give them water or other fluids. But I’m not a doctor or anything, and my opinion should only be trusted as the opinion and advice of a mother of young children.

If you came her looking for better advice (which I’m sure you did), I would maybe try one of the following links:

Mayo Clinic – Treating dehydration in sick children
Rehydration Project – Homemade rehydration solution recipe (like Pedialyte, but you make it at home)
iVillage – When to seek immediate medical attention (on page 2)