NAUSEA AND VOMITING

Nausea is discomfort in the stomach that makes you want to vomit. Vomiting is the forced emptying of the stomach through the mouth ("throwing up"). Both can be due to things like overeating, viral infections, motion sickness, food allergies, intestinal blockage, morning sickness in pregnancy, consussion or head injuries.

 

HOW TO TREAT AT HOME

Nausea:

  • Sip small amounts of water or sports drinks
  • If you can hold it down, take some light, bland food like small pieces of bread

 

Vomiting:

  • Sip small amounts of water or sports drinks
  • Do not take solid food until vomiting has stopped

 

SEE YOUR GP IF:

  • vomiting continues for more than a few hours
  • you have stomach pains
  • you have diarrhoea

 

GO TO THE A&E IF YOU:

  • have severe fever, stomach pains or headache 
  • have signs of dehydration, e.g. you feel very thirsty, giddy or have a dry mouth
  • are vomiting after a head injury