Causes and Treatment for Vomiting After Eating

Author: bruce bud
The involuntary emptying of stomach contents, through the mouth is known as vomiting. For some medicinal reasons, forcible voluntary vomiting is also opted. But, here we are going to consider involuntary vomiting after eating which can not be controlled. Nausea often precedes vomiting but nausea may not always lead to vomiting. Nausea along with headache can sometimes precede vomiting but there can be no symptoms also, when vomiting after eating occurs suddenly. This can be due to several mild or serious medical disorders in the body. This is a type of eating disorder. Let us have a look at the causes behind this eating disorder.

Vomiting is a forceful expulsion of the stomach contents due to the contraction of stomach muscles. Vomiting is also known as emesis. Sometimes you may attempt to vomit but may not expel anything from your mouth. This is known as retching. Vomiting may or may not be accompanied by nausea. Just like coughing, vomiting is not a condition, but a reflex and it helps to eliminate and flush out impurities or even poisons. Vomiting is most commonly caused by conditions like gastroenteritis and also by food poisoning.

Although vomiting may be highly unpleasant and cause great discomfort it is not threatening or serious. Vomiting should therefore never be suppressed or prevented as this can simply aggravate the condition causing far worse symptoms. Another condition in which you may vomit or throw up would be when you consumed excessive amounts of alcohol. Binge drinking has become epidemic in some parts of the world, and vomiting is natural after such bouts of drinking. Attempting to suppress the urge to vomit can cause discomfort, while vomiting in such a scenario would provide some quick relief.

Vomiting is also a symptom that would be all too familiar to pregnant women. Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of pregnancy, often referred to and included in the term ‘morning sickness\'. The reasons for vomiting in the morning during pregnancy may be attributed to normal and healthy hormonal changes. Vomiting in children is most often brought about because of gastroenteritis, which is basically caused by viral infection of the gastrointestinal tract. In this scenario again, vomiting would simply be a symptom of the condition. Treatment for vomiting should therefore not aim to suppress it, but instead needs to be directed towards treating the underlying condition.

Causes of Vomiting after Eating
Simple Causes: Inadequate sleep, high blood pressure, excessive exposure to heat, high altitude, motion sickness, sea sickness, indigestion, side effects of certain medicines, exposure to chemical toxins, emotional stress or fear, certain smells or odors, fever etc. may cause vomiting after eating.
Improper Habits: Taking meals too frequently or starvation for a long period of time, long intervals between two meals, hastily eating and gulping of food, consuming too heavy fatty meals, eating when not required, eating late at night, lead to vomiting after eating.
Serious Causes: Due to the dysfunction of any of the human body systems, vomiting after eating can occur. So, you should consult your doctor immediately if there is constant intestinal pain after eating and vomiting. Blocked intestine, gall bladder diseases, gluten intolerance, brain tumor, ulcers, meningitis, appendicitis, migraine headaches, dehydration are some of the causes of vomiting after eating.
Food Content: This is the most common cause of vomiting after eating food. Certain ingredients or certain foods which do not suit your body, are not accepted by the digestive system. When such ingredients are present in your food, they can lead to vomiting after eating. If you are not used to spicy and hot food, consumption of such food may lead to vomiting.
Food Poisoning: There are various causes of food poisoning. Bacteria from the contaminated food, improper washing of hands or fresh ingredients, poor hygiene can lead to vomiting after eating.
Food Allergy: Food allergies lead to discomfort and nausea after eating. Some people have lactose allergy, some have food-color allergy.
Side Effect of Therapies: People undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy may have to face the problem of vomiting after eating.
Pregnancy: During pregnancy, vomiting after eating is quite common. Nausea, known as \'morning sickness\' is the cause of vomiting after eating and drinking during pregnancy.
Alcohol: Alcohol abuse leads to vomiting after eating.

Treatment after Vomiting
Usually after vomiting, people either want to fill their stomachs or want to stay hungry. Both these options are not good for your system. All kinds of solid foods should be avoided for the first twelve hours after vomiting. Ask your sister to have a lot of liquids such as coconut water. This has a soothing effect on the stomach. A glass of chilled lime juice is also very effective. You need to squeeze 1 lime in a glass of cold water and just a little sugar and salt. You could also add some ice to make it really chilled. She needs to drink this every two hours.

Having ginger, peppermint or mint tea will also make her feel better. Other liquids such as vegetable and fruit juices could also be consumed. The important thing to remember here is that she needs to drink the fluids really slowly, as the stomach is recovering and needs to get adjusted to the presence of any sort of food. The amount of fluid needed can be determined by the color of the urine. If the urine is deep yellow in color then she is not drinking enough water. The paler the urine gets, the better it is to prevent dehydration.

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The most common of all reasons for vomiting in children, and at times also in toddlers and infants may be due to gastroenteritis, a viral infection of the gastrointestinal tract, also commonly referred to as stomach flu. This condition is quite common in adults as well, and as with other viral infections resolves without the need for medical treatment. Vomiting is also common as a symptom of some sort of allergic reaction, or due to the presence of some condition like lactose intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome.

A toddler vomiting milk, while being unaffected by other foods would very likely be indicative of such an intolerance to lactose and thereby to most dairy products. Vomiting can however pose a threat under certain circumstances. While vomiting itself and isolated incidents or brief bouts of vomiting may not be serious at all, prolonged vomiting can be a serious health risk. This is because vomiting causes severe dehydration, and if prolonged this can lead to serious health consequences and may even prove fatal.

The risk of dehydration from vomiting is particularly high in the aged and in children, which is why you should be cautious about vomiting in these age groups. If the condition does not resolve swiftly it would be wise to seek medical attention swiftly as elderly individuals and young children alike could experience a rapid deterioration of health. Vomiting usually subsides within a few hours. There are more chances of dehydration after vomiting, in case of children. Sunken eyes, rapid pulse, dry lips are the symptoms found, when vomiting after eating in children does not subside and continues for a long period of time. You should contact your doctor in such cases, as early as possible.
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