Vomiting and diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea (defined as watery stool, increased frequency of stool, or both) are most often caused by stomach bugs. Sometimes, the child can also have belly pain and fever. Most stomach bugs last only a few days and go away on their own. It is important to make sure your child keeps drinking water, juice, Pedialyte, or any other fluid they will tolerate (including popsicles). Usually a stomach bug can be treated at home. You should seek care if your child has any of the following:

  • Persistent vomiting
  • Severe belly pain
  • High fever lasting several days
  • Bloody diarrhea or vomit
  • Lethargy, decreased wet diapers, or other signs of significant dehydration
  • Any other concerning symptoms

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