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How to stop vomiting?

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Vomiting is a natural response of your body to get rid of any toxins in your body, and you would have experienced it several times in your life. This is because vomit occurs when your body detects something poisonous in your stomach and tries to get rid of that substance.

But there are several other reasons as well because which vomiting may occur, for example;

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Viral Infections like Dengue
  • Food Poisoning
  • Pregnancy
  • Some Medications
  • Sea Sickness/Motion Sickness, etc

Vomiting can cause discomfort and lead to dehydration, so you may want to take steps to stop vomiting. The good news is that you can surely stop some feelings of vomit, and be away from the discomfort that it brings with itself. But, if the feeling is constant, then you should always try to go for medical treatment, as vomiting may be caused by some poisonous substance or dues a viral fever, which can be fatal if kept unchecked.

  1. Take sufficient rest:
    Sometimes vomiting may also occur because you are tired and exhausted and your body has given up on your potential to digest your food or absorb water. This happens especially when we eat and then start suddenly doing some hard manual work like cycling or running.

    This usually takes place for children, as they tend to drink water directly after playing in the sun, which results in vomiting.

    Therefore, it is always better to take a rest, as it may be a sign of your body getting exhausted. Also, you can place a cool cloth on your forehead, but never use an ice pack, this technique might help prevent emesis.
  2. Get some fresh air outside: 
    I have seen this work myself when my friend had vomiting. He was having a continuous vomiting feeling, but when I took him out for a ride, he suddenly felt really good and didn't have any vomiting feeling.

    This may be because some things are bothering you, and hence you are becoming nervous, because of which you feel like vomiting. But when you go out and breathe in the fresh air, you usually get distracted by the beauty of nature, and hence you feel better.
  3. Keep pillows under your head:
    Keep your head at a higher level than your body. It is better to sit than to lay down, as the acid in your stomach may try to reach your mouth because of the buildup.
  4. Distract yourself:
    Most of the time, we may feel vomit because of seasickness or motion sickness, and in that case, it is better to distract yourself from that feeling by trying to pinch yourself or by pulling your hair.

    You can also try to play some rugby fight with your friends, to distract you from thinking about the thing that is creating a vomit sensation in you.
  5. You can also try acupressure: 
    Several pressure points in our body can relieve pain or make you feel better. The wrists are what many professionals tend to target when nausea and vomiting occur. 

    Search for techniques on youtube and see if it works for you.
  6. Have lemon: 
    I don't know if it works, but having something tangy helps me relieve my motion sickness and I don't get a vomiting feeling. I observed it when I had gone for tracking as a student and was feeling motion sick, and then one of my friends asked me to lick some lemons, which helped me.
  7. Try eating plain bread:
    Dry and plain bread in small amounts may decrease nausea. That's because foods high in starch, such as plain bread, may help absorb stomach acids. 

    We had tried it on one of our friends, who may have been suffering from food poisoning, and he wasn't able to eat anything. But we were also hungry and wanted to eat pizza, so we offered him some small bites of pizza, and he was fine.

    But always remember that, when you begin to eat again, you should start with some simple carbohydrates. Slowly work your way up to the proteins. Save fats for the last, as fat is the toughest to digest and can disrupt your already weak stomach.
  8. Make a ginger tea:
    Ginger can calm your nausea and vomit sensation, in some cases. You can try some ginger tea (obviously without milk). Milk should be avoided as it can increase a feeling of nausea.
  9. Avoid acidic, spicy, fatty, and fibrous foods:
    Foods that are acidic, spicy, fatty, and fibrous, make your stomach work overtime, which means that you will feel more like vomiting. Also, try to avoid very hot or very cold foods.
  10. Drink lots of water but slowly:
    If you have been vomiting, it is obvious that your body fluids are drained, and you feel weak. This is because salts from your body have drained and fluid in your body is also low.

    Drink only small amounts of cool water at a time, or use a spoon to drink water. Also, go for ORS, as there are several salt losses that you have to manage because of vomiting.

    You can also try sucking on an ice cube because it will be difficult to directly intake an ice cube and you will also be hydrated over a longer duration of time without triggering a feeling of vomit.
  11. Stick with drinks with electrolytes over and above water:
    Drinks other than water like ORS can also help you recover faster, by restoring salts and essential vitamins that you may have lost while vomiting.

    It will be great to drink liquids that are high in potassium and sodium, as these constitute the body's most important electrolytes, and are usually lost when you vomit.
  12. Use tablets that stop the sensation of vomiting by consulting your doctor:
    It is really important to consult your physician before taking any medication, and if he agreed to some tablets, then you can surely go for them, as some tablets have ingredients that stop the brain neurons that fire to cause vomit sensation.
  13. Avoid drinks like coffee, milk tea, and alcohol:
    This will also include several sodas, as well as acidic fruit juices, like orange juice, etc.
  14. Visit a doctor:
    Vomiting is a natural body function, but it is not normal every day. If you have vomiting, there can be several reasons for it, and it is always better to go to a doctor, rather than trying yourself to fix it.


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