What if a 1-year-old keeps throwing up? What could be the reason and what should we do as parents? 

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Dad’s Question:

Why is my one-year-old child throwing up continuously and he refuses to eat? But he will drink fluids.

He usually has a good appetite and doesn’t throw up very much. He seems overall alert and playing, though. What can this be?


5 Possible Reasons When One Year Old Keeps Throwing Up

If your child is still throwing up continuously I think it would pay to see a doctor. It is great that he is drinking as that is the risk with young children is that they get dehydrated.

Here are some reasons to consider when a 1-year-old baby keeps throwing up:

Tummy Upsets (Gastroenteritis)

Children do tend to get tummy upsets every now and then, but it usually only lasts a day or two. Gastroenteritis is caused by a virus and will lead to vomiting and most often also diarrhea. It is not an urgency unless the child becomes very sick or dehydrated.

If your baby vomits for more than three days, has diarrhea for more than a week, has blood in their stools or appears very sick, feverish or dehydrated, seek medical help. 

Keep up the fluids – that is the most important.

Food Allergies

Another thing – have you recently introduced any new foods to him? Vomiting can be a sign of food allergy, for example to cow’s milk. If you have introduced something new – take it away and see if it helps. An a lot of parents introduce cows’ milk instead of formula at around the baby’s first birthday and that can sometimes lead to reactions.

A Cold

If he recently had a cold (or has one know), he may also be throwing up due to mucus in the nose, which drips into the throat and triggers vomiting. That’s quite common with babies and young children. 

Other infections

Babies can sometimes throw up due to other infections than gastroenterities, such as e.g. urinary tract infections, ear infections, or meningitis. 

Acid Reflux

Babies with acid reflux vomits a lot. However, since your child is now one year old and has recently started to vomit, this is unlikely to be the reason in his case. However, you can read more about acid reflux here.

Good luck, hope he is feeling better soon! And if not, then please contact a doctor for assessment. 


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Comments for “One Year Old Keeps Throwing Up”

Dec 06, 2017 Fluids

by: Rose

The main thing is to keep fluids in your baby, you will want to take it slow with solids and when you do introduce solids do the brat diet, banana’s rice, apples, toast. And only those items. Make sure that he or she does not become dehydrated. When giving him fluids try to stick with apple juice or Pedialyte, as it takes the body much longer to digest milk and it could be that he or she is not getting any added benefits of the milk.

Mar 09, 2018 throwing
by: Anonymous

my baby was also throwing till he was 19.my dr.always says that he is alright. But he had a problem of oral baby thrush. Now he is on medicine. He doesn’t throw up food anymore, but I have to give him everything smashed & make it like soup.


Mar 09, 2018 reflux

by: Anonymous

he might have reflux.

Nov 04, 2018 Throwing up
by: Anonymous


My son threw up three or four times a day for two and a half years, he’d throw up straight away after eating or while he was eating. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with him, they sent us to dietitians,specialists of this and that, they even sent us to the speech therapist for some reason, finally after two and half years we got fed up and got his tonsils removed next day he came home from the hospital and ate solid food for the first time without throwing up, he’s almost nine years old now and he’s not thrown up since that day.

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