Vomiting with other symptoms of serious illness in children

Most vomiting in children age 3 and younger is caused by a viral stomach flu. With home treatment, vomiting will usually stop within 12 hours. If your child has a more serious illness, he or she will usually have other symptoms in addition to vomiting. These symptoms include:

  • Severe pain.
  • Bulging soft spot on a baby's head (when the baby is not crying).
  • Drooling and trouble swallowing.
  • New swelling, pain, redness, or warmth in one or more joints.
  • Rectal temperature of 105°F (40.6°C) or higher.
  • Severe neck stiffness or pain and fussiness.
  • Skin rash or severe bruises.
  • Frequent urination or pain and burning with urination. These may be signs of a urinary tract infection.
  • Very rapid, difficult breathing.
  • A child who is very sleepy or hard to wake up.

Last Updated: June 19, 2009

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