15 April, 2019

Vomiting : Your Body's First Line Of Defense

Vomiting is not anyone's favorite thing to do, but it's one of your body's most important natural defense mechanisms.

Vomiting Your Body's First Line Of Defense

Vomiting: Your Body's First Line Of Defense

When you throw up, your body is getting rid of something it perceives as being toxic. Most of the time you feel a lot better after your stomach has emptied itself out. So it's usually best to just let go and let your body get rid of it.
However, repeated vomiting can lead to dehydration, which is not good. Read on to learn more! There are also tips at the end of this article on cleaning up when your child doesn't quite make it to the bathroom...

Vomiting--Many Causes

Throwing up has any number of causes...
  • Stomach flu. Rotavirus is another cause in small children.
  • Food poisoning.
  • Overeating, or eating rich foods.
  • Strong odors like smoke, perfume, gas or diesel fumes, especially if you're already feeling nauseated.
  • Stress and anxiety.
  • Motion sickness.
  • Pregnancy and its related hormonal changes.
  • Migraine headaches.
  • Hangovers.
  • Certain medications, including chemotherapy.
Gallstones and stomach ulcers can also be a cause of vomiting, so if it persists for no apparent reason, it's best to see your doctor.

Vomiting in Babies and Children

Babies spit up a lot. Usually it goes with the territory, and there's not a lot to worry about. A lot of times babies throw up due to reflux, which is when the valve at the top of the stomach opens up accidentally, allowing the stomach contents to come back up. They usually outgrow this.
Projectile vomiting is more of a concern if it happens often. The baby throws up, very forcefully. This can be due to a condition called pyloric stenosis, which is a narrowing of the valve between the stomach and small intestine.
If your baby is
  • not gaining weight or is even losing weight
  • is listless
  • is dehydrated (no wet diapers in several hours, and the soft spot on his or her head is sunken in)
  • has blood or yellow or green bile in the vomit
  • seems sick or in pain
take your baby to your doctor right away. Pyloric stenosis can be a serious condition, but fortunately, an operation can take care of the problem.
Children seem to pass bugs around all the time. Usually they recover quickly, in a day or two. But persistent vomiting can lead to dehydration. This is serious. Take your child to the doctor right away if he or she...
  • can't keep anything down,
  • is listless,
  • is not making wet diapers or using the bathroom,
  • has sunken eyes.
This can happen pretty fast, so keep an eye on your child.

Vomiting Your Body's First Line Of Defense

Can You Prevent Vomiting?

Not really. Once you have the urge to purge, there's not much you can do to stop it. Actually it's best not to, because, as discussed above, vomiting is how your body gets rid of toxins.
For some relief, you can try
  • getting some fresh air. Open a window if you can. If some odor like tobacco smoke or perfume or exhaust fumes is making you sick, try to get away from it.
  • eating some crackers or olives or sucking on a lemon. This helps to calm your stomach by absorbing acid and excess fluid.
  • lying down with a cool cloth on your forehead. Focus only on your breathing. This seems to help.
  • sucking on ice cubes. This gets a little bit of liquid into you while hopefully calming your stomach.
Be sure to replace the fluids lost when you vomit to prevent dehydration. Weak tea, clear juice, sports drinks, and soup broth are better than water because they replenish the electrolytes you lose when you throw up. Take small sips, slowly. Avoid pop and caffeinated drinks.
Don't try eating right away, or you're liable to lose it again. Let your stomach settle down for a couple of hours. Once you can keep down clear liquids, then try something like crackers or dry toast. Avoid the butter for a while. Try a few bites at first; don't overdo it!

Herbs That Help With Vomiting

  • Sometimes what helps me most is just a plain old cup of Lipton tea with a little sugar in it. The tannin's in black tea are very good for settling an upset stomach. The sugar helps to perk you up a little as it raises your blood sugar.
  • Chamomile tea has many uses. It's great for upset stomachs. It also has a calming effect, so it's good for a sick, restless child. This herb works by relaxing stomach spasms, and by soothing inflammation.
Note: If you or your child are allergic to ragweed, you may also be allergic to chamomile, too.
  • Peppermint tea is also good for settling your stomach. It can be very effective in morning sickness, but can sometimes cause heartburn. Try it and see if it helps. Peppermint and chamomile together makes a very effective herbal stomach remedy.
  • Ginger tea is very good for tummy upsets too, but it can be a little strong for little ones. Mix it with apple juice to make it go down better.
To make ginger tea, slice a two-inch piece ginger root thinly, add about two cups of water, and bring it to a boil. Turn it off, cover the pot, and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain and add stevia, lemon, apple juice, or drink it plain.
You can also try eating a piece of crystallized ginger. This really works for me. But it's hot, so start with a small piece!
  • Strong green tea can help if you're sick due to food poisoning.
  • Golden seal is a well-known herbal antibiotic that is quite effective in your digestive tract. If you have food poisoning or infectious diarrhea, golden seal may be what you need to clear it up. It's available at health food stores as a tincture you can mix with water.
Note: If you have an ulcer, check with your doctor before using golden seal.
  • Lemon balm tea helps to relieve stomach spasms. The lemony flavor is soothing, too.
  • Thyme tea is said to be good for upset stomachs
  • You child may want to suck on a sugar cube containing one drop of essential oil of peppermint if he or she has a stomachache.
  • Or try taking a spoonful of honey containing one drop of essential oil of tarragon, marjoram, OR rosemary to reduce digestive tract spasms.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Vomiting

  • Yogurt mixed with cardamon and honey
  • Warm milk with cardamon and nutmeg
  • Tea made from cumin seeds and nutmeg
  • Drink one cup of fresh pineapple juice with a pinch of ginger and black pepper and and one-half teaspoon of sugar three times a day. This is very effective if you're fasting.
  • Try a cup of water containing 10 drops of lime juice, one-half teaspoon of sugar, and one-quarter teaspoon of baking soda
  • Chew a spoonful of cardamon seeds
  • Mix one teaspoon each of ginger juice and onion juice. I would guess you can either take it right down or mix it with a cup of water and drink it.
  • Try drinking a cup of water with one-half teaspoon rose petal powder, one-quarter teaspoon sandalwood power, one-half teaspoon rock candy powder, and 10 drops of lime juice.
Oops! When Your Child Doesn't Make It To The Bathroom...

This isn't exactly the funniest part of being a mom or grandma, but vomit happens. When it does, clean up right away to avoid staining carpets and furniture. Be sure to test any cleaning agent on an inconspicuous place to be sure it doesn't remove the color or otherwise stain it. Lots of paper towels come in handy!
  • Blot up as much vomit as you can without rubbing it into the carpet or upholstery.
  • Get a bucket of water with some mild liquid detergent mixed in. Go easy on dish detergent as that stuff really suds up and can be hard to rinse out completely.
  • Using a clean rag, dip it in the detergent mixture and sop this into the vomit spot. Don't rub. Blot with paper towels to remove.
  • Repeat this step until the area looks clean. You usually have to do it four or five times to get it out completely.
  • Blot up as much moisture as possible with paper towels. (I usually lay down three or four in one layer and step on it to remove the excess moisture.)
  • Let the carpet dry. Then I work in a little baking soda to remove any residual smell. Leave it for a day or two and vacuum it up.
Shaving cream is supposed to work well too, for clean-ups. I haven't tried it, but you clean up the worst of the vomit mess, spray on the shaving cream, and let it sit for five minutes. Work it into the rug, and then rinse and blot it up.
There are also several spray-on carpet cleaners that would probably work too. Woolite makes one for pet stains, which I would think would work great on vomit. Just be sure to get the mess cleaned up first.

So there you have several remedies and tips for dealing with vomiting. 
Take the time to find the help and the natural treatment you need, and you’ll be able to get on with your life and enjoy it to the fullest. You deserve to be happy and healthy.

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