Having nausea (being sick to your stomach) and vomiting (throwing up) can be very difficult to go through. Causes may include any of the following:
When you have nausea you do not want to eat. This can lead to unhealthy weight loss. Vomiting can make you dehydrated (dried out), which can be dangerous. Once you and your doctor find the cause of your nausea or vomiting, you may be asked to take medicine, change your diet, or try other things to make you feel better.
Sit quietly when you feel nauseated. Sometimes moving around can make nausea worse.
To make sure your body has enough fluids drink 8 to 10 glasses of clear liquids every day. Water is best. You can also sip fruit juices and flat soda (leave the can or bottle open to get rid of the bubbles). Try sports drinks to replace minerals and other nutrition you may be losing when you throw up.
Eat 6 to 8 small meals throughout the day, instead of 3 big meals:
Other tips that may help:
Your doctor may also recommend medicine:
If you are vomiting after taking any of your medicines, tell your doctor or nurse.
You should avoid some specific kinds of foods when you have nausea and vomiting:
Call your doctor if you or your child:
Nausea - self-care; Vomiting - self-care
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Updated by: Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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