Hm. In this format it works less well, because you can't say yes or no and I know it, and because I'm going to tell you anyway, and also because you can't make pre-advice requirements. ...I'll come in again.
Hey, I have some advice! Feel free to disregard it and/or modify it to your own requirements, of course! But here it is! Don't feed a barfy child!
This is a lesson we learned with Child One, but we have had to relearn it occasionally. The child seems so ILL, and he/she has been throwing up all his/her nourishment so it seems like he she MUST EAT or surely he/she will be in MORTAL DANGER! But no. Our children have occasionally declined food for DAYS and never even look thinner.
Of course I don't mean DEPRIVE the child of food if the child WANTS food. But our error is always trying to tempt or even COERCE the non-hungry, non-food-wanting child into eating because we feel in our panicky parental way that it is necessary to sustain life. This just makes more work and suffering (i.e., barfing) for everyone.
The very minute the first barfing occurs, we stop all dairy, meat, citrus, and fibrous produce. No pudding, no yogurt, no milk, no cheese, no chicken, no oranges, no orange juice, no grape/apple/etc. skins, no pineapple or whatevs. All those things make barf WAY worse than it has to be. We feed from this list:
- apple juice
- graham crackers
- rice cereal for babies, Rice Chex for older kids
- toast with the tiniest bit of butter and/or jam and/or peanut butter
Obviously this is not a good and balanced diet for long-term use: we use it only for the kind of barfing that lasts 1-3 days, gradually improves rather than worsens, and doesn't give us any reason to call in a doctor. And NONE of this is for babies who are still breastfeeding or bottlefeeding---this is all for older children. And OBVIOUSLY I am not any kind of medical professional (I have to think first in order to correctly use a toy stethoscope). But this is the Barf Plan we implement at our house, and it has greatly reduced the Barf Distress around here.