Sit quietly when you feel nauseated. Sometimes moving around can make nausea worse.
To make sure your body has enough fluids drink 8 to 10 glasses of clear liquids every day. Water is best. You can also sip fruit juices and flat soda (leave the can or bottle open to get rid of the bubbles). Try sports drinks to replace minerals and other nutrition you may be losing when you throw up.
Eat 6 to 8 small meals throughout the day, instead of 3 big meals:
- Eat bland foods. Examples are crackers, English muffins, toast, baked chicken and fish, potatoes, noodles, and rice.
- Eat foods with a lot of water in them. Try clear soups, popsicles, and Jell-O.
- If you have a bad taste in your mouth, try rinsing with a solution of baking soda, salt, and warm water before you eat. Use 1 teaspoon baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 4 cups warm water. Spit out after rinsing.
- Sit up after you eat. DO NOT lie down.
- Find a quiet, pleasant place to eat, free of odors and distractions.
Other tips that may help:
- Suck on hard candies or rinse your mouth with water after vomiting. Or you can rinse with the baking soda and salt solution above.
- Try to get outside for some fresh air.
- Watch a movie or TV to take your mind away from your nausea.
Your doctor may also recommend medicine:
- Anti-nausea medicines usually start working 30 to 60 minutes after you take them.
- When you come home after being treated with cancer drugs, you may want to use these medicines regularly for 1 or more days. Use them when nausea first starts. DO NOT wait until you feel very sick to your stomach.
If you are vomiting after taking any of your medicines, tell your doctor or nurse.