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What is nausea?

Nausea is an urge to vomit or a general uneasiness in the stomach. If nausea is the only symptom your child has, it is rarely caused by anything serious. Nausea is often caused by:

  • A stomach virus (which also causes vomiting)
  • Indigestion
  • Food poisoning
  • Fear or stress
  • Motion sickness

How can I take care of my child?

Temporarily serve your child clear fluids and light foods such as crackers or bread. Allow your child to temporarily select their diet. Avoid fried or greasy foods. Avoid any medicines that could irritate the stomach.

When should I call my child's healthcare provider?

Call during office hours if:

  • The nausea lasts more than 1 week.
  • Your teenage daughter could be pregnant.
  • You have other questions or concerns.
Written by Barton D. Schmitt, MD, author of “My Child Is Sick,” American Academy of Pediatrics Books.
Pediatric Advisor 2015.2 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2009-06-19
Last reviewed: 2014-06-10
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
Copyright ©1986-2015 Barton D. Schmitt, MD FAAP. All rights reserved.
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