Treating Stomach Pains in Children
Got a sick toddler? Here's how to deal with vomiting, constipation, and more common tummy problems
The Problem: Heave-ho! (vomiting)
The Cause: There are many reasons kids vomit: fever, ear infection, bacterial infection, food-borne illness, norovirus, rotovirus. But no matter the cause, the messy, smelly end result is the same.
The Treatment: Fluids and time. If your child can't keep anything down, try ice chips. Watch for signs of dehydration (like dark, infrequent urine, dry skin, or tearless weeping)—that's a signal it's time to call the doctor.
Fun Fact: Children whose tummies feel “funny” in the night will navigate any obstacles to reach the side of your bed…and throw up directly onto your pillow.