VOMITING in infants is often the first symptom of acute disease. It is a means of emptying the stomach preparatory to the work in hand. No food should be given the sick child.

Vomiting, when there are no other symptoms of illness, simply means indigestion from food-excess or from wrong food. It is thought to be due to excesses of fat and sugar more often than to excesses of protein.

When due to an excess of fat the vomitus often has a rancid odor.

When due to an excess of sugar it is strongly acid and is apt to smell like vinegar.

In either case, food should be withheld and the child allowed to rest. Not even water should be given while the child is vomiting. Do not give soda or other drug.