Vomiting can be caused by serious illness or the result of drug side effects. Although vomiting can cause dehydration which can be harmful to the body, but one should avoid drinking lots of water or other fluids to prevent even more vomiting.
If your mouth feels dry or there is a bad taste in the mouth after vomiting, then try to rinse or drink some water. Approximately 1-2 hours after vomiting and nausea are reduced, start drinking slowly. Drink every 15 minutes for 3-4 hours.
According to Livstrong, you should drink clear liquids that do not contain caffeine or alcohol, but it is okay if it contains sugar. Avoid drinking milk or fat liquid and acidic drinks like orange juice or lemonade after vomiting.
But if the vomiting occurs with diarrhea, limit sugary drinks because they can worsen diarrhea. Instead choose a special drink that is formulated to replace electrolytes.
Also avoid eating foods that are acidic, spicy and fatty after vomiting as well as fruit and raw vegetables if accompanied by diarrhea. But try to eat biscuits, dry toast, bananas or potatoes in small amount slowly. If vomiting continuously occurs, try to stop eating for a moment.
Generally, children and the elderly are the group at risk of dehydration after vomiting. If symptoms such as dry mouth, rapid heart rate, sunken eyes, dizziness and lethargy appears, then suspect it as a sign of dehydration.
Most people think vomiting is a harmless condition. But if it’s accompanied by pain in the lower abdomen, vomiting repeatedly in the morning accompanied by headache or even causes fainting, you should immediately consult a doctor because it could be something serious.