Expectant Vomiting

We kind of talked about vomiting not too long ago, so now we’re going to talk about one of those feelings you might get that may lead up to that.

Nausea is a symptom, not an illness and is a pretty common feeling you get before you vomit. You generally feel unwell and uncomfortable and just feel like your going to throw up.

Because nausea is a symptom, there can be many causes to it. For children, it can be:

  • A virus
  • Food poisoning
  • Allergies
  • Motion sickness
  • Eating/coughing too much
  • Blocked intestines
  • Fevers

Adults can suffer nausea from the same causes as children, but the more common causes of nausea in adults tends to be:

  • Gastroenteritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Migraines
  • Labrynthitis
  • Motion sickness
  • Some medicines
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Blockage in the bowel
  • Cancer treatments
  • An inflamed gallbladder

If you start to feel nauseous, granted there aren’t other symptoms you should prioritize, there are a few things that may help. Sipping cold drinks or snacking lightly on dry, bland food may help. Some people find acupuncture and acupressure help. If nausea is common or severe enough to see a doctor, they may prescribe you a medicine to help with the sick feeling.

We talked about some of the causes and avoiding nausea based on some of them is relatively easy, such as not indulging in too much alcohol if you know that will make you sick. Obviously, you can’t avoid all of the causes but if your at a higher risk for suffering from nausea (i.e. pregnant) there are some things you can do to help prevent it coming up. Avoid foods you know will make you feel ill (usually smelly, fatty, and/or spicy foods). Don’t eat when you feel nauseous; that’s asking for you to throw up. But eat small meals when you feel alright and make sure you stay hydrated. We already discussed motion sickness in a previous post so I won’t go into detail about that here.

Please seek medical attention if you have been vomiting for more than 2 days (24 hours if the child is under 2 and 12 hours for infants) or if the vomiting is frequent for longer than a month.

Info: Health Direct: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/nausea

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