General Medical Questions

Vomiting & Diarrhea


Vomiting in infants and children sometimes may last 1 to 2 days.  Dehydration is one of the key concerns from vomiting.  The following steps can be implemented to reduce the likelihood of dehydration:

  • Initially, stop formula and breast feedings in infants, and stop solid foods in older children.

  • Try to give frequent, small amounts of fluids, starting with 1 ounce of clear liquids every hour.  Have your child take small sips.

  • Do not use plain water.  You can use an oral rehydration solution (ORS) such as Pedialyte, or alternatively, Gatorade, soda, clear soups, tea, Popsicles, or Jell-o.

  • Do not use diet soda, sugar-free drinks, or caffeine.

  • Once your child can keep down clear liquids for an hour, you can try milk or formula.  Once your child can keep down formula or milk for an hour, you can try solid food.



If your child has diarrhea but no vomiting, it's usually okay to give your child milk.

Feed your child a "B-R-A-T" diet for 1 or 2 days.  It is made of Bananas, Rice (cooked white rice, rice cereal, rice cakes), Applesauce, and Toast (no butter or jelly).

Keep your child's diet bland until diarrhea is better.  Plain pasta, baked chicken, boiled potatoes, cooked vegetables, and soups are good.

Avoid spicy and fried food.

If diarrhea doesn't get better, limit high-sugar foods like Kool-Aid and apple juice.

Do not use over-the-counter medications until you have checked with us.

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The information contained in this publication should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician.
There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.