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Vomiting

Although there is one end point to vomiting which 'emptying your stomach contents out through your mouth' - there are many different starting points and may be quite a lot leading up to the vomiting including feeling sick (nauseated). Causes of vomiting include:-

  • Eating something which your body rejects because it is poisonous in some way, like bad or infected food.
  • Seeing or smelling something disgusting, like other people throwing up or very dirty toilets.
  • As part of another illness like having "flu", or meningitis.
  • A bad bang on the head/concussion.
  • As part of diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Having too much alcohol.
  • As part of bulimia when people make themselves vomit by sticking their fingers down their throat (not a good idea!).

What to do if you start throwing up

This depends on what is causing it the first place:

  • If you have a bad headache or fever with it - get to see a doctor quickly because of worries about meningitis.
  • For all causes of vomiting - STOP eating, have small sips of water frequently, or other non milk, non alcoholic drinks - water, flat coke, or fruit juices are best - this is very importnant, as you don't want to get dehydrated.
  • Vomiting usually settles down by itself, but you must get help if it carries on.

If you think you may have bulimia, or a problem with alcohol, please have a look at our pages on these subjects.