Nausea and vomiting are symptoms that have many possible causes.
While there are treatments to prevent nausea and vomiting, once
vomiting has started it is very difficult to stop with Over The
Counter medicines, as they do not spend long enough in the stomach
The very young and elderly easily become dehydrated when vomiting.
Vomiting of milk in infants may be due to infection, feeding problems
or a gut obstruction. You should seek the advice of your pharmacist
when dealing with infants. Vomiting is different from regurgitation,
where food never reaches the stomach. It is common in babies,
but would be more serious in adults. The main difference is that
there is not nausea with regurgitation.
Pregnancy, especially the first one, may be a cause of nausea
and vomiting in the first month or two. Keep this in mind if you
are a woman of childbearing age suffering unexplained nausea and
vomiting. Alcohol intake may be the cause of vomiting.
Prescribed and OTC (over the counter) medicines may cause nausea
and vomiting. Aspirin and Ibuprofen
are common causes. If you are taking a newly prescribed medication
call the pharmacist in order to identify whether it could be the
cause of the trouble.
Dodgy food or a stomach bug may be the cause of vomiting. What
did you eat recently? Is there anyone else affected in the household?
Have any of your family, friends or colleagues been sick or out
An acute infection, i.e. gastro-enteritis is often responsible
for vomiting and in these cases diarrhoea may also be present.
Travel sickness also known as motion sickness is caused by a conflict
in your brain, where your eyes tell you that you are not moving,
but your sense of balance has a totally different notion - your
brain responds by turning you pale, causing you to break into
a cold sweat and making you vomit. This is dealt with in the motion
Infants and children under two years of age should be brought
to the doctor at the first sign of vomiting as they are at high
risk of becoming dehydrated.
If the patient is very young or elderly they will require rehydration
immediately. A rehydration preparation may be taken during the
first day and a half to prevent dehydration. In these circumstances
for any episode lasting more than 42 hours the patient should
see a doctor.
If the patient has not begun vomiting, but is complaining of nausea,
then MELLISSA COMP is a very effective traditional herbal remedy
for the relief of nausea, stomachache, and upset stomach. Ten
to twenty drops can be taken in a little water every hour up to
8 times a day. You should visit your doctor if you begin to vomit
and drink lots of fluids.
If the patient has nausea due to hangover, then NUX VOMICA 6C
can be added to the MELLISSA COMP (2 tablets dissolved on the
tongue 2 hourly up to 6 doses then every 8 hours from then on).
These homeopathic remedies act quickly to reduce all the symptoms
of a hangover.
Adults should go to the doctor if they have been vomiting for
two days. If you have already taken anything for the nausea and
vomiting you should inform your pharmacist or the doctor. If the
patient is a baby, vomiting may be due to an infection or feeding
problems. Regurgitation sometimes occurs in infants and is a normal
Nausea and vomiting are very common in pregnancy. There are no
medicines available Over The Counter that can be recommended but
many people find Seabands (usually used for motion