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When to Take Your Child to the ER for Vomiting and/or Diarrhea

When Should I Take My Child to the ER for Vomiting or Diarrhea?

If your child is experiencing diarrhea or vomiting, it can be due to any number of reasons. Both vomiting and diarrhea are symptoms of food poisoning and the stomach flu, among other common ailments. So how do you know if your child’s condition is severe enough to require a visit to the emergency department?

If your child has a low-grade fever and/or vomits once, call a doctor to be seen the next day.

If Your Child is Vomiting and Has These Symptoms, Emergency Care May Be Necessary

While vomiting by itself may not be cause for concern, vomiting with the following associated symptoms may indicate a more severe problem. Visit the ER if your child shows any of these additional symptoms.:/p>

  • The child is younger than 3 months old
  • Repetitive vomiting
  • Not urinating or wetting diapers
  • Lethargic
  • Inconsolable
  • High fever
    • Higher than 100.4 degrees for children younger than 3 months old
    • Higher than 102.2 degrees for children older than 3 months old

If Your Child Has Diarrhea and Has These Symptoms, Emergency Care May Be Necessary

Like vomiting, diarrhea may be a result of common ailments. However, if your child’s diarrhea is accompanied by these symptoms, you should seek emergency care.

  • Blood in diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Sunken eyes
  • Not urinating or wetting diapers
  • Lethargic
  • Inconsolable
  • High fever
    • Higher than 100.4 degrees for children under 3 months old
    • Higher than 102.2 degrees for children over 3 months old

The Medical Center of Aurora offers 3 ER locations:

All locations are open 24/7 and are staffed by board-certified emergency physicians and experienced nurses. Please see the map below for locations, addresses, and phone numbers.

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