Emergency Care for Vomiting or Diarrhea

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Swedish Medical Center

If your child has diarrhea or is vomiting, it may be due to food poisoning, a stomach virus or other common ailments. How do you know if your child's pain is significant enough to make a trip to the pediatric ER.If your child has a low-grade fever and/or vomits once, call a doctor to be seen the next day. 

Seek Emergency Care If Your Child is Vomiting and Has These Symptoms

If vomiting is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, it may be indicative of a larger issue. Visit a pediatric ER if your child is younger than three months and/or:

  • Has been vomiting repetitively 
  • Is not urinating or wetting diapers
  • Is lethargic
  • Crying nonstop or is inconsolable
  • Has a high fever
    • The fever is greater than 100.4 (children younger than three months)
    • The fever is greater than 102.2 (children older than three months)

Seek Emergency Care If Your Child Has Diarrhea and Has These Symptoms

If diarrhea is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, it may be indiciative of a larger issue. Seek pediatric ER care if your child:

  • Has blood in diarrhea
  • Experiences dry mouth
  • Has sunken eyes
  • Is not urinating or wetting diapers
  • Is Lethargic
  • Is crying nonstop or is inconsolableh
  • Has a high fever
    • The fever is greater than 100.4 (children younger than three months)
    • The fever is greater than 102.2 (children older than three months)

Swedish Pediatric Emergency Care