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An emergency room visit is warranted if your child is experiencing these symptoms of dehydration:
  • Extreme thirst or the urine is very dark
  • No urination for eight to 12 hours (if a baby, no urination for four to six hours)
  • Excessive sleeping or extremely low energy
  • No tears when he or she cries

Pediatric Vomiting and Diarrhea Overview

Vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms for many illnesses. Most often, the culprit is either a virus or having eaten food that upsets your child’s stomach. Sometimes, vomiting and diarrhea can come as a pair, but either can appear alone. Remember: some infants spit up after eating or burping; this is not considered vomiting.


Symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea include:

  • Regurgitation, or throwing up whatever liquids and solids are consumed
  • Abnormally frequent bathroom visits with fluid or watery bowel movements

Visit your WellStar pediatrician if your child is:

  • Under 3 months old and has a temperature above 100.4°F (38°C)
  • Aged 3-6 months and has a temperature above 101°F (38.4°C)
  • Over 6 months and has a temperature above 103°F (39.4°C)
  • Under 2 years old and has vomiting or diarrhea
  • Still experiencing stomach pain after two hours, vomiting is not better in 12 hours, or diarrhea isn't better after three days
  • Bloated, or he or she won't take liquids
  • There is blood in the vomit or diarrhea or bile (yellow-green liquid) in the vomit.
  • Having pain with urination, a bad headache, neck pain, or a strange rash
  • Unable to take the medicine he/she needs