There’s nothing that makes a mother feel as helpless as watching her typically exuberant child lose all that energy. When your toddler is throwing up, knowing the right steps to take can make all the difference!
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It was a Sunday late afternoon, and my husband had just finished giving M, then two years old, a bath.
“He threw up in the bath,” my husband told me.
“Give him something to drink so that he doesn’t get dehydrated,” I replied.
About half an hour later, M threw up again. He was looking pale and weak. We called up our pediatrician at home (because these things always happen on a weekend after hours!) who advised us to give him a pediatric electrolyte drink. We were unequipped.
By evening, M was lethargic and we rushed him to the emergency room. There, they helped re-hydrate him and get the vomiting under control.
Disclaimer: this post does not serve as medical advice. Always consult with your child’s doctor if you have concerns about dehydration or any other health matter. Never listen to advice you read on blogs above what your doctor has told you.
4 ways to be prepared for when your toddler is throwing up:
Had I had the experience at the time, I wouldn’t have had to suffer through half that nightmare. That’s why I wanted to share with you some ways that you can be prepared for when your toddler is vomiting.
Always have an electrolyte solution on hand:
Getting your toddler to drink water isn’t enough as she or he is losing vital electrolytes as well. Enfamil® Enfalyte® helps your child quickly replace those lost electrolytes and fluids simultaneously.
It has no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners, and is a clear, great-tasting solution.
I love that it’s created by Enfamil®, the same brand that pediatricians recommend for the formula we feed our babies. Enfalyte comes in two mildly flavored options: Cherry Splash and Mixed fruit. It has been trusted by hospitals for over 25 years.
Keeping Enfalyte handy means that you are always prepared.
Serve it to your child how he or she is used to drinking – for us that’s a straw training cup.
Keep your doctor’s off-hours contact information close by:
I have many important numbers on my phone:
- The local volunteer ambulance
- The doctor’s office
- The pharmacy
But one number I had neglected to put was our doctor’s pager for off-hour emergencies. And of course, every mishap like this happens off-hours.
Most pediatricians will have a number to reach them for when they are closed. Add that to your phone as well, so that you don’t need to be scrambling for it when you’re overwhelmed and stressed because your toddler is throwing up.
Know the indications of dehydration in advance:
When your toddler is throwing up, you don’t want to be looking for information and doing research.
Be equipped with the knowledge about the indications of dehydration in advance so that you can be aware of what the red flags are to call your doctor.
This was one area where I had done my research, spoken to my doctor, and I was able to know that it was serious and won’t “just pass”.
Have a “throw away” pile ready:
Keep a stash of old towels and sheets that are ready to be tossed handy so that you don’t have to worry about washing large amounts of rags.
My mom’s tip: if you know your child is ill or something is going around, dress him or her in junk clothes.
The last thing you need is extra piles of laundry when you’re struggling to deal with a sick child.
In summary, if your toddler is throwing up:
- Always ask your doctor if you have any concerns. It’s okay to end up in the emergency room for a false alarm.
- Know the indications of dehydration.
- A vomiting child loses important electrolytes. Make sure to restock those.
- Be equipped, because these things happen! Always have Enfalyte handy so that you have it when you need it!
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What are your best tips for then your toddler is throwing up? Comment below!
Disclosure: This is sponsored by Enfamil® Enfalyte® Oral Electrolyte Solution.