Recovery from vomiting
After your vomiting stops, you may feel weak and lethargic. This is quite common and happens because you haven’t eaten in a while. Vomiting may also have left you dehydrated. You also lose electrolytes and salts when vomiting.
Recovery from vomiting needs nutrition and rehydration. Nutrition isn’t urgent. If you’re otherwise healthy, missing a meal or two won’t harm you.
Rehydration is urgent, especially if you have any signs of dehydration. As soon as your vomiting has stopped, you should start sipping plain water. Once you can keep that down, start rehydration therapy with oral rehydration solution (ORS).
ORS is a carefully formulated mixture. It provides water, sodium, potassium, chloride, and glucose to help you recover quickly from vomiting. If you are dehydrated, you should take about 75 milliliters (2½ ounces) of ORS per kilogram weight in 4 hours. If your weight is 60 kilograms, you’ll need 150 ounces. If you’re thirsty and can drink more, you should.
You should avoid most sugary drinks if you have diarrhea, but ORS is recommended. The combination of glucose and sodium in the right ratio is absorbed well. Do not drink sodas, sports drinks, or energy drinks if you have diarrhea. The high sugar content in these liquids can worsen diarrhea.
Once your vomiting is under control, you should eat bland food in small amounts every few hours. Rice, bananas, applesauce, cereals, crackers, and toast are safe foods. You should go light on spices for a few days. Avoid fried food, tobacco, and alcohol.
Vomiting is a common disorder. Usually, you can stop the vomiting by resting your stomach for a while. But vomiting leaves you drained out and lacking energy. You need water, salts, and energy to get back to your usual, vigorous self. Recovery from vomiting needs rehydration therapy followed by a careful diet that provides energy without irritating your stomach.