Why People Vomit? Causes, Treatment And Prevention

Why do people vomit? Why some children vomit during traveling in cars or trains? Why sometimes people vomit during high temperature? While others vomit because they just do not feel well. Why women vomit during pregnancy, but sometimes vomiting occurs just after taking a meal. Let us give you the answer for this “why.”


The process of throwing up stomach content by mouth is called vomit. It consists of partly digested food or liquid mixed with food. It may be anything that you may have eaten and its color varies dependent upon the color of the food you have eaten.

Vomiting or nausea are not diseases but they are the symptoms of other diseases. Nausea is the bad or unpleasant feeling of being about to vomit.

All people vomit at various stages of their lives. Vomiting takes place due to several reasons but the most common are the infection. Vomiting that occurs just after eating a meal is due to food poisoning.

Vomiting may the symptoms of the following diseases and observe your symptoms whether to go to a doctor or not?

  • Overeating
  • Early pregnancy
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Food poisoning
  • Intense pain
  • Migraine headache
  • Disgusting smell
  • Motion sickness like carsickness
  • Chemical toxin in environment
  • Fear or other strong emotions
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Viral infection

Some other serious medical conditions that may cause vomiting OR vomiting may be the symptoms of the following medical problems

  • Ulcer
  • Kidney stone
  • Bowel problem like bowel obstruction
  • Inflammation of appendix
  • Inflammation of pancreas
  • Liver diseases like hepatitis
  • Urinary problem like urinary tract infection
  • Brain tumor
  • Some types of cancer
  • Heart attack
  • Brain injury or Concussion
  • Bulimia or other psychological sicknesses
  • Appendicitis
  • Meningitis

Vomiting is an important function that is sometimes triggered by the brain through creating marching effects in the stomach. Sometimes it is beneficial for health to vomit because it helps the body to get rid of toxins.

Sometimes people vomit because germ may have entered into their stomach along with food. Such food causes your stomach to push food up rather than down. Such vomiting due to food poisons.

Vomiting when occurred along with diarrhea can lead to dehydration. Such cases occur mostly in children. So when caring for such a child then be alert to have a bottle of water so that child can be given water when the condition becomes serious. If the dehydration occurs then such conditions occur like dry lips and mouth, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, sunken eyes.

Causes of vomiting vary in accordance with age. In kids vomiting takes place due to food poisoning, viral infection, overeating, milk allergy, coughing, blocked intestines, motion sickness and illness (in which the kids has high fever).

Luckily, the timing of vomiting indicates the cause. When vomiting occurs just after eating a meal, then it would be due to food poisoning or ulcer or bulimia. Sometime food-borne bacteria like salmonella cause vomiting in people.

Sometimes people make themselves  vomit. Such people may have the eating disorder. This can be life threatening and a psychologist can help in such cases.


Normally vomiting is harmless but it is the sign of so many serious diseases like meningitis, appendicitis, concussions, brain tumor and intestinal blockage.

Sometimes dehydration is serious that occurred due to vomiting. In adults dehydration is not a big issue but in children it may be very serious particularly when they have diarrhea.


You should call your doctor if

  • Home treatment is not working or dehydration is present or a serious injury has occurred. Signs of dehydration include feeling thirstier and urinate less than normal.
  • Vomiting last one day for a child of age 6. Or if diarrhea along with vomiting lasts for 24 hours.
  • Inflexible nick develop.
  • There is dehydration or fever higher than 101 degrees for a child of age 6 or the child has not urinated for six hours.
  • Nausea lasts for more than a few days.
  • There is a possibility of being pregnant.
  • Belly pain occurs.
  • Your vomit contains blood or its color becomes that of coffee.
  • Your signs become more frequent and severe.


You should search for instant medical care if the below-given situations along with vomiting occur:

  • Lethargy, confusion or reduced attentiveness.
  • There is blood in the vomit.
  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Severe headache
  • Severe abdominal pain


Much of the time vomiting will stop without particular medicinal treatment. Most of the cases are created by a virus and will show signs of improvement all alone. You ought to never use over-the-counter or physician endorsed remedies unless they’ve been specifically recommended by your pediatrician for your kid and for this specific disease.

At the point when your baby or youthful kid is vomiting, keep her lying on her stomach or side as much as could reasonably be expected. Doing this will minimize the probabilities of her breathing vomit into her upper airway and lungs.

Some remedies for vomiting are the following

  • Rest in bed until you start feeling better.
  • Drink clear liquids.
  • Sip rehydration drink to restore the necessary minerals.
  • Try to avoid solid foods until the episodes of vomiting have passed.


There are some helpful tactics that may help in preventing vomiting:

  • Drink water between meals rather than during meals
  • Eat slowly
  • Eat only when you feel less nauseated
  • Do not eat large meals three times a day but eat small chunks of meal all over the day
  • Try to keep your head raised after having meal
  • If you nauseated by the smell of warm foods then eat foods that are cold or at room temperature


During pregnancy nausea and vomiting are common that usually occurs in the first trimester and sometimes enters into the fourth month.

Up to 9 out of 10 women vomit during pregnancy, so you do not need to worry because you are not alone.

This condition is usually referred as morning sickness but vomiting during pregnancy can take place at any time of the day. Vomiting occurs during pregnancy due to hormonal changes that happen inside the body.

Recurring vomiting during pregnancy may lead to a severe condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. This condition leads to the imbalance of minerals and fluids in the mother that is dangerous for mother and unborn baby.

Remember vomit contains acid that erodes the layer on your teeth (enamel) and leads to teeth decay in cavities. Wash your mouth with water and do toothpaste if possible.

Please Note: All the aforementioned information cannot be replaced for the advice of a doctor. These are for just general information and knowledge. Just to make you know how to care for your health and fitness.

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