This occurs under a great variety of circumstances. It may be induced by acidity of the stomach, by irritability of the stomach, by distress of mind, by injury of the brain, by offensive odors, and by all organic diseases of the stomach.
Treatment. Generally, it is cured by treating the disease which induces it. But in many cases it persists very obstinately, and may become the chief thing to be attended to. In such cases, it may require a careful investigation of the cause to check it. But generally some aromatic, as ginger, spearmint, peppermint, or spice tea, will put an end to it. Some cordial or stimulant, as brandy, champagne, tincture of ginger, paregoric, elixir solutis, or cherry brandy, will answer well. Strong coffee, without sugar or milk, will, in some cases, act like a charm. If it is dependent on acidity, the remedies are given under 14 dyspepsia." If caused by irritability of stomach, a pill of extract of belladonna and ipecac (339) will do well.
While vomiting, the patient should lie still in bed, and in bad cases, a mustard poultice should be placed upon the stomach.
The vomiting of children may sometimes be stopped by wetting a piece of cloth with laudanum, and laying it upon the pit of the stomach.
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