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Vomiting, Pediatric

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  • Forceful, coordinated act of expelling gastric contents through the mouth; characterized by nausea, retching, and emesis; no gastriccontents are expelled during retching.
  • Emesis results from sustained contraction of abdominal muscles and diaphragm; at the same time, the pylorus and antrum contract.


  • GI/mechanical: Gastroesophageal reflux (GER), meconium ileus, necrotizing enterocolitis, hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, intussusception, malrotation with midgut volvulus, Hirschsprung disease, congenital obstructions (atresias, stenoses, and webs), hernia, foreign body/bezoar, pancreatitis, appendicitis, paralytic ileus
  • Metabolic/endocrine: Inborn errors of metabolism (amino acidurias, fatty acid oxidation disorders, urea cycle defects), uremia, diabetic ketoacidosis, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, kernicterus
  • Neurologic: CNS bleeding (often due to trauma), tumor, hydrocephalus
  • Infectious: Otitis media, UTI, pneumonia, sepsis, gastroenteritis, meningitis/encephalitis
  • Feeding problems: Chalasia, improper technique (overfeeding, improper position), milk allergy
  • Other: Toxicologic, nonaccidental trauma, pregnancy

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Rosen, Peter, et al., editors. "Vomiting, Pediatric." 5-Minute Emergency Consult, 5th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2016. Emergency Central, emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307230/all/Vomiting__Pediatric.
Vomiting, Pediatric. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, et al, eds. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307230/all/Vomiting__Pediatric. Accessed April 25, 2019.
Vomiting, Pediatric. (2016). In Rosen, P., Shayne, P., Barkin, A. Z., Wolfe, R. E., Hayden, S. R., Barkin, R. M., & Schaider, J. J. (Eds.), 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Available from https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307230/all/Vomiting__Pediatric
Vomiting, Pediatric [Internet]. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, Wolfe RE, Hayden SR, Barkin RM, Schaider JJ, editors. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. [cited 2019 April 25]. Available from: https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307230/all/Vomiting__Pediatric.
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