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What Are Some Home Remedies for Vomiting?

Lemon-lime soft drinks are often consumed to reduce nausea.
Peppermint and chamomile teas can sooth upset stomachs.
Sugar-free black coffee can help fight nausea, but it should be consumed with some water.
Persistent vomiting should be diagnosed by a professional.
Keep underlying reasons, such as pregnancy, in mind when searching for home remedies for vomiting.
Sipping a glass of water helps to keep the body hydrated after vomiting.
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Perhaps your grandmother has shared her own home remedies for vomiting or maybe you have a few of your own. Various vomiting remedies have existed for years while others have surfaced more recently as different over the counter medications have appeared. While finding successful one may seem important, especially when you or a family member is in the midst of throwing up, the important thing to remember is that vomiting is generally a symptom of something else and shouldn’t last more than 24 to 36 hours.

Since vomiting can be caused by viruses, food poisoning, pregnancy, and various other underlying conditions, its important to keep the underlying cause in mind when seeking home remedies to treat it. For instance, a stomach virus may warrant consuming only clear liquids to reduce the stress on the stomach, but a pregnant woman should not go without food. Similarly, some causes of vomiting, such as food poisoning, may need to be addressed by a medical professional.

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When it's a symptom of a virus, there are several home remedies for vomiting that can at least help reduce its unpleasantness and possibly the frequency. Avoid foods and sugary drinks for at least 12 to 24 hours after vomiting. Saltine or soda crackers in small quantities can reduce the nausea associated with vomiting and upset stomach. Certain soft drinks, such as lemon-lime or ginger ale, can also help settle the stomach. Some people find that sipping black coffee can also help settle the stomach, but be sure to also drink some water to avoid dehydration.

Other home remedies include peppermint and chamomile teas. Peppermint tends to be soothing to the stomach and chamomile can have a calming effect. Sugar-free peppermint candies can also be useful to calm an upset stomach. While there are many over-the-counter medications for treating nausea, indigestion, and upset stomachs, some viral infections simply prevent the body from keeping these medications ingested.

If combining these home remedies for vomiting with quiet rest does not yield an improvement or if vomiting persists for more than 24 hours or begins to occur more frequently, especially in young children, dehydration may be a risk. Call your healthcare provider if it does not improve or is accompanied by a fever or other symptoms. Anti-nausea medications may be necessary as well as fluid replacement therapy.

In most cases, vomiting subsides after a short time or only occurs infrequently as a single incident. Many home remedies can alleviate the discomfort and possibly the severity of vomiting, but they cannot necessarily stop it or treat the underlying cause.

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orangey03
Post 7

I have four big dogs, and I have learned some home remedies for dog vomiting over the years. First, you are supposed to take away their regular food, because they can't handle it right then.

Then, you can feed them boiled chicken and rice. It is really bland, and it won't upset their stomachs. Also, pumpkin can help, especially if diarrhea is also involved, because it helps firm up their stool.

If you try this and they are still vomiting, it's time to go to the vet. Some things just can't be handled at home, but it's always worth a try.

seag47
Post 6

@shell4life – I think that the best remedies are the ones that stop the nausea before it turns to vomiting. The best of the nausea remedies by far is peppermint, in my experience.

When I start to feel queasy, I reach for whatever form of peppermint is available. I've tried sugar-free peppermint gum, hard candy, and tea, and they all seem to work equally well.

I would caution against eating a lot of peppermint candy that has been sweetened with sorbitol or other artificial sweeteners, though. It can cause diarrhea, which will only make you feel worse.

Generally, it only takes one piece of hard peppermint candy for me to start feeling better. I let it melt slowly, and relief comes as it melts.

shell4life
Post 5

My mother's favorite home remedy for vomiting was saltines and lemon-lime soda. It usually worked, provided that I hadn't vomited in a couple of hours by the time she gave it to me.

What are your favorite home remedies for nausea and vomiting? What works and what doesn't?

cloudel
Post 4

I think it's always good to try home remedies for nausea before deciding to go to the doctor. However, if the remedies don't work, you must go, because you could quickly become dehydrated.

I had rotavirus as a child, and my mother tried to calm my stomach by giving me chamomile tea. I threw it up quickly, and I had horrible diarrhea, too. Since I was losing liquids in every way possible, my parents decided that it was too dangerous to depend solely on home remedies, and they took me to the emergency room.

I had to be hooked up to an IV for fluids and had to be given shots to stop the vomiting. I stayed in there for five days! It definitely wasn't something a home remedy could have cured.

Sunny27
Post 2

Calea- I am glad you are feeling better. Vomiting is very uncomfortable and like the writer suggested, it can cause dehydration.

Carbonated soda and chicken broth will really help you feel better.

calea
Post 1

I wish I'd read this a few weeks ago when I was sick to my stomach! I did end up drinking peppermint tea, however, shortly after I stopped vomiting. It made me feel more relaxed.

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