She can't stop vomiting. Should I call her doctor?

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She can't stop vomiting. Should I call her doctor?

Postby admin » May 26, 2004 11:59 pm

If she cannot keep more than a very small amount of food or water down for 24 hours or more, loses 2 or more pounds (0.9 kg) in one week, vomits blood, faints, or generally feels very unwell, call her practitioner. If she has several of these symptoms and it is after working hours, you may need to take her to the ER or an urgent care center.

You can buy Ketostix at a local pharmacy without a prescription. These test her level of dehydration and starvation. If she has ketones in her urine (the test is positive), she will need to get fluids through an intravenous (IV) line at the doctor's office, ER, hospital, or an urgent care center. Ketones may be harmful to the baby and mom if not treated. If she has been vomiting for several weeks and eating very little, she will also need vitamins in her IV. Sometimes this is forgotten, so make sure you ask about it, as it is very important. B-vitamins are most critical as they are depleted rapidly by vomiting and lack of eating. Remember, dehydration and ketones worsen nausea and vomiting and need to be monitored closely.

Call her health professional if she experiences any of the following:

    Abdominal pain, bleeding, or cramping
    Difficulty thinking or focusing
    Difficulty walking or talking
    Extreme fatigue and very low energy
    Little if any food or fluids stay down for over 24 hours
    Little saliva and a dry mouth
    Moderate or severe headache and/or fever
    Muscular weakness or severe cramping
    Repeated vomiting or retching daily
    Severe nausea that keeps you from eating/drinking
    Shortness of breath or dizziness
    Urination is infrequent (over 8 hours) and minimal amount
    Urine is dark yellow and concentrated
    Visual disturbances, or fainting
    Vomit is red with blood or yellow with bile
    Weight loss of 2 pounds (0.9 kg) or more in a week
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