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Friday, May 05, 2017
Remedies for Nausea and Vomiting

That rumbling, gurgling feeling in the pit of your stomach is something we all know. Once it begins to bubble, nausea can quickly lead to vomiting in some cases. Even when it’s the only symptom, nausea can ruin a good day, and may soon find you running for your medicine cabinet. But maybe you should be running for a glass of water, or even a natural remedy like ginger. Then again, depending on your symptoms, it’s possible that you should head directly to the doctor.

In this article, our medical experts provide details about home remedies and other treatments for nausea and vomiting. You will learn some of the common causes, such as pregnancy, morning sickness, and food poisoning, as well as foods that can ease an upset stomach. Discover the remedies that will help you take charge of your health, and the health of your family.

What’s Causing Your Nausea?

When your stomach is upset, even reaching for a glass of water can cause painful discomfort. But while you search for a remedy, you should consider the cause of your unease. In the case of this health symptom, the cause may be mild, but it may also be severe—sometimes even life-threatening.

Some of the relatively mild causes of nausea that can lead to vomiting include food allergies, stomach flu, food poisoning, acid reflux, and migraine headaches. Some of the more serious causes include head injury, diabetes, vertigo/stroke, heart problems, pancreatitis, appendicitis, accidental drug ingestion, bowel obstruction and cancer.

Staying Hydrated

To prevent one of the worst results of nausea, be sure to stay hydrated. Thirst relief can be especially difficult when it’s hard to keep anything down. It’s even worse if your health symptoms include diarrhea. But even if you’re throwing up, some of the water you drink will be absorbed.

Dehydration can be mild or severe. Mild dehydration causes few problems, but in its severe form, dehydration can be life-threatening. Sometimes when a person begins to throw up dehydration comes on quickly.

Sticking to Liquids

While you’re just easing back into food, start with something that contains a lot of fluid. As far as home remedies go, you can’t do better for your health than see-through liquids. These tend to be especially effective remedies to ease nausea and quench dehydration. Good choices include Jell-O, popsicles, and soups with clear broths. Also good are the clearer juices, such as apple juice and cranberry juice.

Morning Sickness and Pregnancy

If you wake up nauseous from morning sickness or during pregnancy in general, you’re not alone. In fact, three out of every four pregnant women will experience morning sickness. Your chances go up if you have a history of migraine pain or if your stomach has been upset during previous pregnancies. If you are pregnant with twins, your odds of morning sickness increase even more.

One way to avoid morning sickness while pregnant is to frequently eat small meals. This allows your system time to digest food, but leaves relatively little food in your stomach at any given time. Always remember to drink plenty of fluids. Getting a breath of fresh air may be a helpful remedy as well. Some say eating watermelon and drinking lemonade can be effective home remedies for pregnant women—and if that suits your cravings, go for it!

Some studies suggest acupuncture can ease symptoms of morning sickness. This is usually done by putting pressure on the groove inside two large tendons of the wrist. Acupressurists call this area P6. Some are skeptical of this treatment. Studies have found that wristbands designed to ease stomach upset by putting pressure on the p6 point are difficult to use. These devices have failed to show any results for stomach upset caused by surgery. Acupressure at the p6 point may be no more effective for morning sickness than acupressure anywhere else.

When it's Time to Call the Doctor

When every treatment and home remedy for nausea and vomiting isn’t enough, it may be time to put your health needs in the hands of a doctor. Here are red flags warning you that it’s time to seek professional medical intervention:

The sick person is less than 12 weeks old and has vomited more than one time;
The sick person shows dehydration signs;
You believe the sick person may have consumed poison;
The sick person acts confused, or has a stiff neck, rash, headache, high fever, or stomach pains;
The sick person’s vomit contains either blood or bile;
You suspect appendicitis;
The sick person is difficult to wake up;
The person has been vomiting for longer than eight hours; or
Anytime you are worried and feel a doctor’s supervision would be helpful.

To book an appointment with one of our doctors in Sydney CBD please call Sydney Premier Medical & Health Centre on 02 8964 8677.