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Recognize emergency signs when a child vomits

Recently on social network Many parents shared about the fact that their children had to go to the doctor because of vomiting and abdominal pain.

Before parents’ concerns about children vomiting a lot, Assoc Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Viet Ha, Head of Gastroenterology Department – National Children’s Hospital (Hanoi), said when stomach ache child If vomiting is severe or prolonged, parents need to send their children to a pediatric clinic or a pediatric gastroenterology specialist to be examined by doctors, ordered tests to determine the cause, and provide appropriate treatment.

Acute gastroenteritis

PGS-TS-BS Nguyen Thi Viet Ha said inflammation stomach Acute enteritis is a common gastrointestinal infection, causing vomiting and abdominal pain in children, caused by rotavirus, noro, adenovirus, SARS-CoV-2 (causes Covid-19 disease).

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The child should be taken to the hospital if vomiting persists for more than 24 hours or is persistent


Gastroenteritis can occur when a child eats contaminated food or water, or plays with contaminated hands or toys. Using ice, cooled beverage is also easy to cause infection if the water source is polluted. Foods that are not hygienically processed or preserved are susceptible to bacterial infections or toxins, increasing the situation. gastroenteritis due to infection.

Vomiting due to bacterial gastroenteritis usually begins suddenly and resolves rapidly within 24 hours. Other manifestations such as bloody diarrhea, fever or abdominal pain will appear at the same time or after 12-24 hours.

Dr. Ha added that food poisoning can also cause nausea and vomiting right away, sometimes vomiting blood, abdominal pain, diarrhea Many times loose stools may have bloody mucus. Your child may not have a fever or have a fever above 38 degrees Celsius.

When should vomiting be urgent?

Doctor Viet Ha advises to take the child to the hospital if the vomiting lasts for more than 24 hours or the child vomits continuously, vomits everything after eating or drinking, the vomit is green or yellow, the presence of red blood. fresh or clotted blood.

Diarrhea often occurs with or after vomiting, abdominal pain. Diarrhea may persist even after the abdominal pain has gone. Children should be taken to a medical facility if they have loose, watery stools many times a day, bloody stools, or signs of dehydration.

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