Baby has just thrown up and your first thought is to keep her hydrated by offering her a bottle of water quickly. But that would be a mistake.
According to Dr Dawn Lim, a consultant paediatrician at Kinder Clinic at Paragon Medical Centre, a gastrointestinal bug is one of the most common reasons for vomiting in children.
Other causes include reflux and head injuries. Baby could also vomit after a coughing fit, she adds.
Whatever the cause, always let your little one rest for at least 10 to 15 minutes first.
“Her stomach is likely to be irritated, so she might throw up again if you give her a drink immediately,” explains Dr Lim.
“There is a worry that she could choke on her own vomit, and get an infection if some of it goes into her lungs.”
Do this instead
If Baby doesn’t retch after 10 to 15 minutes, give her a teaspoonful of water to sip on, says Dr Lim. Increase the amount every five to 10 minutes to keep her hydrated.
See a doctor if she is showing signs of dehydration. Dr Lim says you can tell that your little one is not getting enough fluids if she is not wetting as many diapers, her lips and tongue look parched, or her eyes look sunken. Her fontanelles (the soft spots on her head) may also appear sunken.