How to Rehydrate After Throwing Up

by Rachel Nall, Demand Media
    Sports drinks can help you rehydrate after vomiting.

    Sports drinks can help you rehydrate after vomiting.

    Vomiting does more than making you lose your last meal -- you also lose fluids and electrolytes that help support your body's function. If you have recently thrown up, it is important to rehydrate your body to prevent dehydration and worsening nausea symptoms. Always speak to your physician if you have been throwing up for more than 24 hours or are unable to keep fluids down for 12 hours or more.

    Clear Liquids

    Clear liquids can feel like your best friend when you are vomiting because they restore your fluid levels without upsetting your stomach. Try drinking small, frequent sips of clear liquids, such as ginger ale, lemonade or water, recommends MayoClinic.com. Sour and cold drinks such as these can help ease stomach upset and keep you hydrated. You also may find mint tea keeps you hydrated while soothing your stomach. Aim to drink at least six to eight, 8 oz. glasses of water or other clear liquids while you are feeling ill to prevent dehydration from occurring, recommends the Cleveland Clinic.

    Rehydration Drinks

    If you have been severely vomiting, you likely have lost a significant amount of electrolytes such as potassium and sodium. To replace these important electrolytes, consider drinking an oral rehydration solution. These are typically available at most local pharmacies without a prescription for both adults and children. You can ask your pharmacist about proper use of the oral rehydration solution. Do not drink these solutions for more than a day.

    Drinks to Avoid

    Not all hydration options are beneficial after you throw up. For example, orange and grapefruit juices can be too acidic and may trigger stomach upset, according to The Cleveland Clinic. You also should avoid any alcoholic beverages, which can irritate the stomach’s lining as well. Milk and milk products are not recommended for children after vomiting.

    See Your Physician

    Sometimes your best efforts to rehydrate may prove difficult and dehydration can occur. The following symptoms of dehydration require a physician’s immediate attention: severe stomach pain, confusion, fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, rapid breathing and stiffness in your neck. In children, dehydration symptoms include no tears when crying, sunken eyes, decreased alertness and confusion.

    About the Author

    Rachel Nall began writing in 2003. She is a former managing editor for custom health publications, including physician journals. She has written for The Associated Press and "Jezebel," "Charleston," "Chatter" and "Reach" magazines. Nall is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee.

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