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Dealing with Middle-of-the-Night Fevers

If your child is throwing up in the middle of the night, it’s usually not a situation that requires a trip to the E.R. or doctor.  As long as your child isn’t throwing up anything green or bloody, and he isn’t complaining of pain in the lower right side of the stomach, you can probably wait until the morning to be seen.  These situations described above would require a phone call to the doctor, however, or a visit to an E.R. to be seen by a doctor like Dr. Josyann Abisaab.

Assuming it’s just regular vomiting, clean up the mess and calm your child down.  Place a cool, wet washcloth on his forehead and face and keep a plastic bowl by the bed in case he needs to throw up again.

To help to settle their stomach, you can give them flat soda or ginger ale.  You can also open a can of pears or peaches and give the child one tablespoon of the syrup every fifteen minutes.  Dr. Philip Itkin, a clinical associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical College in Omaha says that this helps to settle the stomach and to keep the child hydrated.  Try popsicles as well.