Call 911 Now
- Can't wake up
- Not moving or too weak to stand
- You think your child has a life-threatening emergency
Call Doctor or Seek Care Now
- Dehydration suspected. No urine in more than 8 hours, dark urine, very dry mouth and no tears.
- Stomach pain when not vomiting. Exception: stomach pain or crying just before vomiting is quite common.
- Severe headache
- Diabetes suspected (drinking lots, frequent urine, weight loss)
- Kidney infection suspected (side or back pain, fever, painful to pass urine)
- Age less than 12 weeks old with vomiting 2 or more times. Exception: normal spitting up.
- Severe vomiting (vomits everything) more than 8 hours while getting clear fluids
- High-risk child (such as diabetes, stomach or head injury)
- Weak immune system. Examples are: sickle cell disease, HIV, cancer, organ transplant, taking oral steroids.
- Vomiting a prescription medicine
- Fever over 104° F (40° C)
- Age less than 12 weeks old with fever. Caution: do NOT give your baby any fever medicine before being seen.
- Your child looks or acts very sick
- You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent
Contact Doctor Within 24 Hours
- Age less than 1 year with vomiting
- Vomits for more than 24 hours
- Fever lasts more than 3 days
- Fever returns after being gone more than 24 hours
- You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent
Contact Doctor During Office Hours
- Vomiting is a frequent problem
- You have other questions or concerns
Self Care at Home
- Mild or moderate vomiting (most likely viral gastritis)