• Vomiting

    Vomiting is usually a very unpleasant experience whereby you empty your stomach contents forcefully. Many times you may find yourself upset or nauseous which brings on a bout of vomiting, after which you feel better almost immediately. Other times you may have recurring bouts of nausea and vomiting. It is when you have a baby vomiting, a toddler vomiting or any child vomiting especially that it can be very concerning and you want to find a way to stop vomiting quickly as the person is visibly getting weaker and weaker as this continues.

    We will look at some of the vomiting causes as well as how to stop vomiting.

    Here are some vomiting causes that may be affecting you;

    1. Stomach flu
    2. Food poisoning eg. Salmonella or E-coli poisoning
    3. Alcohol
    4. Smoking
    5. NSAIDs eg. aspirin or ibuprofen
    6. Peptic Ulcer
    7. Pregnancy
    8. GERD
    9. Stomach infections
    10. Migraine headaches
    11. Head injury
    12. Certain smells
    13. Heat Stroke or heat exhaustion
    14. Illnesses such as Diabetes, Gallbladder disease, Hepatitis, Pancreatitis, Kidney diseases, some forms of cancer ( also some cancer treatments cause nausea and vomiting), and inflammatory bowel disease.
    15. Sepsis
    16. Heart Attacks
    17. Eating Disorders
    18. Certain prescription medications
    19. Overeating
    20. Kidney Failure

    As you can see from the above there can be many reasons for vomiting ranging from the not so serious to the extremely, life-threatening. So it is important that you are able to determine what is causing you or your loved one to vomit before deciding upon which route to take to stop vomiting.

    Some of the symptoms associated with nausea and vomiting are;

    1. Dizziness
    2. Excessive sweating
    3. Light headedness
    4. Increased heart rate
    5. Change in skin temperature (chills)
    6. Difficulty in swallowing

    One of the biggest concerns when someone is vomiting is that they will become dehydrated. It is critical, therefore, that the person drink lots of fluids, preferably water, in between bouts of vomiting. You can include other clear liquids while allowing the stomach a rest from solid, difficult to digest foods. Liquids such as broths, popsicles, jello and sports drinks are good. Do not drink too much at once as this could make the situation worse.

    Here is when I recommend that you call a doctor; ( With infants and children be extremely watchful about dehydration as it can happen much easier with them)

    1. If you are still vomiting after 24 hours
    2. If you cannot determine what is causing the vomiting and take action to stop vomiting
    3. If you are concerned about dehydration
    4. If you have an underlying medical condition that could be worsened by this condition.
    5. Whenever there is blood in the vomit or pain or fever associated with the vomiting be sure to see a doctor. Also if you are having bloody stools or black tarry stools with blood in them.

    So what are some natural healing remedies you can use at home to help get past this condition? (Nausea and vomiting are symptoms, not an actual disease. The underlying cause of the illness should be identified and treated.)

    1. Avoid alcohol – I very much doubt you will be feeling for this now anyway but if you do give it a few days to let your stomach heal,

    2. Avoid smoking – as above, try not to smoke for a few days (or better yet use this as an opportunity to quit),

    3. Ginger Tea – ginger has long been known for it’s anti-nausea qualities

    4. Lime Juice – a cold glass of lime juice can be helpful, just drink it slowly

    5. Good Morning Mama ™ – Promotes settled digestion during pregnancy, especially nausea experienced during morning sickness

    6. Avoid solid foods for at least 12-24 hours depending on how fast you recover. After this time reintroduce foods but stay away from very fatty foods.

    7. Ginger Ale – warm or cold ginger ale can be helpful

    8. Apple Cider Vinegar – you do not need a lot of this. Take a shot glass and fill 1/3 with the apple cider vinegar, 1/3 with honey and 1/3 with warm water. Sip this slowly.

    9. KiddieVom Sprinkles™ – Promotes digestive system comfort and health in children

    10. Aromatherapy – peppermint is frequently used to help with nausea.

    11. Activated Charcoal – put a little of this into a glass of water and drink it. Not the best tasting drink but very effective in this situation.

    Be sure to post a comment about what worked for you or if you know of any other natural remedies not listed here please feel free to share them here with others who are part of our community. Thanks for sharing.

    Take the time to find the help and the natural treatment you need, and you’ll be able to get on with your life and enjoy it to the fullest. You deserve to be happy and healthy and pain-free.

    To Your Optimal Health,
    Chris

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