Persistent/recurrent vomiting

Persistent/recurrent vomiting


  • Nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting (being sick) is very common in babies and young children and is usually caused by minor illnesses or in babies, reflux. Most babies and young children with vomiting will not have a brain tumour.
  • Most babies and young children with nausea and vomiting due to a brain tumour will have other symptoms or signs – these should be looked for carefully.
  • Babies and young children with persistent vomiting require assessment to determine the cause.

Nausea and vomiting due to a brain tumour:

  • will usually be persistent, occurring on most days
  • may wake the baby or young child up, or occur particularly when they wake up
  • will not be accompanied by diarrhoea or a high temperature
  • will usually be accompanied by a headache

In this age group, some young children will not be able to describe how they feel, so you may need to look out for signs that they are unwell from how they look or behave. A young child with nausea may go off their food, or may hold their hands to their stomach.

There are a number of conditions that can be associated with nausea and vomiting, and dehydration is also a risk; further general information on vomiting in children can be found at NHS Choices.

Feeling Worried?

Are the symptoms exhibited persistent e.g. lasting more than two weeks?


Arrange an appointment with your GP as soon as possible


Request an immediate consultant referral as soon as possible

If the symptoms or signs are sudden onset or severe, either take them to the emergency department or call 999.