Self-care includes taking small sips of liquid to help prevent dehydration. Once fluids stay down, try easy-to-digest solid foods, such as toast, crackers, or gelatin.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Accompanied by chest pain, blurry vision, confusion, high fever, a stiff neck, or other serious symptom
  • Blood, fecal matter, or a green color is present in vomit

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Adult can't keep fluid down for 12 hours or more
  • Child can't keep fluid down for eight hours or more
  • Excessive thirst, infrequent urination, lightheadedness, or other symptoms of dehydration

Last Updated May 25, 2018

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