Listen, I have woken up many a times to “Come clean up the cat vomit!” or “Your cat puked again!” I haven’t had to clean up people vomit yet, so that’s a plus at least; though if I had to guess, it’s probably not all that different, just bigger in mass.
Moving on! Vomiting sucks and can be caused by a variety of things including bad food, viral infections, illnesses, pregnancy, moving weirdly, and probably some other things. Abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea are also common symptoms that come with vomiting. However, you want to look out for dehydration since you’re kind of expelling what liquid you had going in.
Typically, vomiting itself isn’t very life threatening, so a one-off go shouldn’t be too much to fret about. You should be concerned if:
- you have been vomiting for more than 2 days
- you also have a severe headache
- you are dehydrated
- you have not been able to keep down fluids for 12 hours or more
- your vomit is green. In this case you are probably bringing up bile, a fluid the digestive system uses to digest foods
- there is blood in your vomit or what looks like coffee granules
- you have abdominal pain
- you have diabetes, especially if you need to take insulin
And you should call an ambulance if you also have:
- chest pain
- severe abdominal pain or cramping
- blurred vision
- high fever and stiff neck
- faeces in the vomit
- bleeding from your rectum
- you think you have swallowed something poisonous
If everything else seems fine, you can usually take care of vomiting issues at home. Sip water and make sure you keep hydrated. If you have over-the-counter medicine for vomiting, that’s fine, but not for children. Eat normally, rest, and lots of clear fluids; you know, the normal stuff. It’s gross, it sucks, but it’ll pass.
Info: Health Direct: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vomiting