Layling Stanbury, of Home School, asks :-

Why can't I eat dairy food when I am sick and vomiting?

Julian Jensen, a Dietitian at the Christchurch School of Medicine, responded.

Normally, there is no reason why you should not have dairy foods when you are sick and vomiting. Vomiting can be a result of some other disease or condition, and fortunately, in children of your age, it usually clears up fairly quickly.

If you are vomiting a lot, or for quite a long time, you will be losing a lot of fluid from your body, and this can be serious when you are small, because you can become dehydrated (especially if you have diarrhoea as well). Your skin and mouth may be dry, and you will be thirsty. It is most important to replace this fluid, so you should try to suck ice blocks or drink sips of water. Large amounts at a time may make you want to vomit again.

If you like milk or yoghurt, you can have this. It is more nourishing than water. But most people who have been vomiting would rather have plain water, ice blocks, jelly, fruit juice or something like lemonade or gingerale. Milk may make them feel sick, and if that is the case with you, then don't have it.

Once you are feeling better, start to eat a wider choice of foods, and include the things you usually eat. You should get back to eating your usual food as soon as possible.

In rare cases, some children may be allergic to dairy products, and these children should avoid dairy products at all times, not just when they are sick.