Does a Child Who Vomited Need to Go to the Emergency Room?

A regular part of being a parent is caring for a sick child. When a child vomits we may think that our child has a serious illness. So, off to the emergency room, we go. After the visit, we may ask “did we really have to come to the E.R.?”

We are going to outline a few of the symptoms parents see that cause concern and whether it would be better to simply stay home.

Abdominal Pain

There are a few specific abdominal pain symptoms to look out for. First, does the pain last longer than 30 minutes and is this pain constant? Second, is the pain isolated from the belly-button and below? These may indicate appendicitis. You should call your doctor.

At times, abdominal pain may feel more like cramps and fluctuate in intensity. This would be an indicator of food poisoning or the flu. In such a case, there may be no need to visit the emergency room.


Fever may cause a child to appear ill, prompting parents to rush them to the E.R. First, you should check if any of the following applies. Are they not observant or interested in what is going on around them? Do they have severe neck pain? If so, going to the E.R. may be needed. Otherwise, you could give them Tylenol or Motrin to help with symptoms. If they do not improve after an hour you should call your pediatrician.


Vomiting can lead to severe dehydration which is dangerous. Thus it is important to be alert to its symptoms. Check to see if they have urinated in the past six hours. Also, check their saliva: is it unusually thick, or missing? If this is the case, you should visit the doctor.

Other Considerations

* If your child is under three months old and is sick, they should always be brought to the doctor or emergency room.

* Practice food safety to avoid food poisoning.

* Prevent illness by promoting healthy habits such as regular hand washing.

By following these guidelines, you may be saved from making a trip to the emergency room.

A Guide to Essential Pediatric Services

We know just how important and precious your children are, which is why our team as Angleton ER is always standing by and ready to help you. We want to be by your side for your child’s upbringing. Our ER is open 24/7 meaning we all always ready and available to help your child when they need it most with the highest quality of care. We strive to go above and beyond in putting your child first. Read on to learn about just a few services we provide.

Since we are open and available 24 hours and 7 days a week, we are prepared for any type of emergency, regardless of how big or small. Bring your child in to see us if they need blood tests, an ultrasound, or even radiation. Our pediatric physicians are trained for all classes of care. A few ranges of conditions we treat include, but are not limited to:

  • Migraines
  • Stomach viruses
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Bone fractures
  • Animal bites
  • Concussions
  • Burns
  • Deep cuts/wounds
  • Seizures
  • Dehydration

Our priority is treating your child quickly and effectively to reduce the expected anxiety that comes with physicians visits. Be assured you can count on us 24/7 to be there for your child regardless of their condition. Let us be the first response in helping and treating your children. Our highly trained pediatric physicians are always there for you and your family!