Nausea is an uneasy or unsettled feeling in the stomach together with an urge to vomit. Nausea and vomiting, or throwing up, are not diseases. They can be symptoms of many different conditions. These include morning sickness during pregnancy, infections, migraine headaches, motion sickness, food poisoning, cancer chemotherapy or other medicines.
For vomiting in children and adults, avoid solid foods until vomiting has stopped for at least six hours. Then work back to a normal diet. Drink small amounts of clear liquids to avoid dehydration.
Nausea and vomiting are common. Usually, they are not serious. You should see a doctor immediately if you suspect poisoning or if you have
- Vomited for longer than 24 hours
- Blood in the vomit
- Severe abdominal pain
- Headache and stiff neck
- Signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, infrequent urination or dark urine
Treatments and Therapies
- Antiemetic Medicines: OTC Relief for Nausea and Vomiting (American Academy of Family Physicians) Available in Spanish
- Drugs to Treat Nausea and Vomiting (Consumers Union of U.S.) - PDF
- Ginger (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- BRAT Diet: Recovering from an Upset Stomach (American Academy of Family Physicians)
- Genetics Home Reference: Cyclic vomiting syndrome (National Library of Medicine)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Non communicating gastric antral duplication cyst presenting with hematemesis due...
- Article: A Rare Cause of Periodic Vomiting With Hematemesis in a...
- Article: Reviewing current and emerging antiemetics for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting...
- Nausea and Vomiting -- see more articles
- Dehydration (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- Drinks to Prevent Dehydration in a Vomiting Child (American Academy of Pediatrics) Available in Spanish
- Infant Vomiting (American Academy of Pediatrics) Available in Spanish
- Nausea and Vomiting in Infants and Children (American Academy of Family Physicians) Available in Spanish
- Vomiting (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- Vomiting and Diarrhea (American Academy of Family Physicians) Available in Spanish
- What's Puke? (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish