Pediatric Vomiting and Nausea
Vomiting occurs when food is "thrown up" out of the stomach. Nausea is an uneasy, sick-to-the-stomach feeling a child has in response to a number of conditions or causes.
Nausea is often described as a queasy, sick feeling in the pit of the stomach. It may or may not lead to vomiting, which happens when food or liquid comes back out of the stomach. It can also accompany other illnesses, like bacterial or viral infections, and have additional symptoms, like fever.
There are many causes of nausea and vomiting in children of any age:
- Crying or sobbing
- Eating disorders
- Infections like appendicitis
- Intense coughing
- Motion sickness from amusement park rides, boats, cars or planes
- Putting hand in mouth and gagging
- Strong emotions like anger, fear or nervousness
- Ulcers and reflux (GERD)
- Viral infections like gastroenteritis (stomach flu)