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Treatments for Upset Stomach, Diarrhea and/or Vomiting

  1. Vomiting and diarrhea are best treated by resting the stomach.
  2. Give the patient nothing by mouth, except lollipops or hard candy for about 4 hours.
  3.  Start cola or ginger ale (shake out the fizz), one shot glass full every 15 minutes for 1 hour.
  4.  If the above is well tolerated, offer saltine crackers, toast with jelly (no butter) and a very weak tea with real sugar (about 4 oz.)
  5.  Meals may then be selected from these binding, and usually well-tolerated: no milk, dry rice cereal, dry sugar-coated cereal, apples, applesauce, bananas, jello, cottage cheese, lean meats or chicken. Clear broth or any clear soups.
  6.  A good source of fluids for a child who refuses other liquids would be (Kool Aid) or (Funny Face).
  7.  Avoid milk, vegetables, other fruits, foods or spices. Water is usually irritating to an empty stomach. Skim milk undiluted, can be dangerous to a child who may be becoming dehydrated.
  8.  Capacitate is usually ineffective, is vomited by the patients with stomach upsets, and binds for days after the acute episode. Do not use compazine or other suppositories to suppress vomiting as these drugs can produce convulsions if used indiscriminately or in incorrect dosage.
  9.  Aspirin is usually irritating. Temperature may be reduced with Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra) drops, 0.6 ml. per year of age, or by running cold water over the wrists for 10 to 15 min.
  10.  Persistent or recurrent vomiting, severe cramps, or pain may be dangers signs. Call your Doctor and/or 911!