|Severe vomiting and diarrhea can be very serious, particularly in children and the elderly, who are more vulnerable to the accompanying risk of dehydration. The loss of circulating body fluid can lead to life-threatening shock if it not replaced.
Likely causes of vomiting and diarrhea include: food poisoning; viral infection such as gastroenteritis; and sensitivity to a new or unusual food. Vomiting alone can also accompany some medical conditions such as concussion and compression and other injuries.
- Check the person’s recent history for clues as to the cause and to rule out underlying injury such as a serious blow to the head.
- Help the person into a comfortable position. If he is vomiting, this will usually be sitting up. Help the person to the bathroom as necessary.
- Help the person to clean himself up and change clothes as necessary.
- Provide bland fluids (except milk) to drink slowly—it is important to keep fluid levels up.
- Seek medical advice if the condition persists. If the person shows signs of shock, seek urgent medical attention.
These drinks replace vital fluids and important minerals and sugars in the body. Available to purchase ready made, you can also make your own.
AddThis drink should be taken in short sips as needed.
1 tsp salt and
5 tsp sugar
Per 2 pints of water or diluted orange juice