How to not throw up? If you’ve ever felt nauseous, but don’t want to throw up, then this is the article for you.

You may be feeling sick because of a virus or food poisoning. Or maybe it’s morning sickness? Whatever the reason, some things can help make you feel better without making yourself vomit.

Here are some tips on how to not throw up when you’re feeling queasy! Read these tips and try them out if they work for you!

What causes nausea and vomiting in the first place?

A stomach virus or an allergy commonly causes nausea. Motion sickness, stress, and some medications trigger it as well.

Vomiting and nausea are not conditions you have. They are symptoms you experience. They are signs that you might have a problem.

There’s no cure for nausea or vomiting. No drug will make you 100% all the time, not even prescription anti-nausea medications from your doctor, which you can take with you if you get motion sickness or travel a lot. There’s no way you can guarantee you won’t get sick.

How to not throw up?

Woman trying not to vomit

If you feel nauseous and want to throw up, you have some options to treat an upset stomach and stop vomiting.

Squat down with your head between your knees

If you think you will throw up soon, you can get out of your chair and squat down with your head between your knees. You should feel better after 30 seconds.

You might notice that you start to feel sick if you look down (a condition you will notice only while in this position). Finally, you can test whether you get sick by looking down.

Let your stomach rest.

It’s annoying to you when you are stopped, you vomit, and you can’t eat or drink anything until you have been sick because it feels like your stomach is about to eat itself. If you don’t want this to happen, you need to remember a few things.

Firstly, you should wait 5-7 minutes after you’re stopped vomiting before you start eating or drinking anything again.

This is because the digestive muscles need time to recover and digest things properly; if you don’t give them this time, the chance of vomiting increases.

Bend over during 30 seconds

If you cannot move your chair, you can do the same without getting up. Just bend over and put your head between your knees (you should relieve nausea after 30 seconds).

It works for most people, even without you moving your chair because you reduce the time you need to spend in a position where you feel sick.

Breathe through your nose for 30 seconds

You can also stay sitting and not open your mouth too wide or breathe too much. Instead, breathe through your nose if you have to (you should feel better after 30 seconds)—test whether you get sick by opening your mouth and taking in deep breaths.

Stand up and take a few steps.

Stand up and take a few steps (you will probably feel better after taking a few steps). If you have someone, you can ask them to help you stand during this time.

It works for most people, even if you do not move your chair, because you increase the amount of time you spend in a position where you feel better.

Note that you might feel sick while standing up, but you will get better after being outside for 1 minute.

Breathe fresh air for 30 seconds

If you can’t take steps or have someone you can ask to help you stay standing during this time, you could instead walk outside the room you are in.

If you smell something fragrant (like flowers or perfume), you might notice you start to feel sick again—test whether you get sick by breathing fresh air for 30 seconds.

It works because when you throw up, you lose many important salts, and you need to replace them. You can feel much better after breathing fresh air for 30 seconds.

Breathe through your mouth slowly for 30 seconds

If you can’t breathe outside the room you are in or want to be protected from germs you will collect if you go outside, you can breathe through your mouth slowly.

You have to breathe slowly because you need more time to get the same amount of air you would have gotten by breathing deeply. Of course, you will find you start to feel sick again if you take deep breaths after 30 seconds, but you will recover quickly after you slow down your breathing.

Breathe through your nose, and you will feel better.

If you are in a place you can’t leave, you can breathe through your nose for 30 seconds. It would help if you did so because you need more time to get the same air you would have gotten by breathing deeply.

You will find you start to feel sick again if you take deep breaths after 30 seconds, but you will recover quickly after you slow down your breathing.

Relax Your Diaphragm

If you can’t breathe, you can relax your diaphragm. It would be best to do so because you need more time to get the same amount of air you would have gotten by breathing deeply.

You will find you start to feel sick again if you take deep breaths after 30 seconds, but you will recover quickly after you relax your diaphragm. If you want to reduce anxiety-induced nausea, you have to practice deep breathing exercises.

Tilt your head sideways, and you will feel better.

Another good way to minimize the amount of air you take in is to tilt your head sideways. This can make you feel a little uncomfortable, but you will be less likely to have problems later (you should feel better after treading your head sideways).

Tilt your head back, and you will feel better.

Further tips: you can also tilt your head backward, close your eyes or pinch your nose. You should pick the position you are most comfortable with.

It would be best to do so because you need more time to get the same amount of air you would have gotten by breathing deeply.

You will find you start to feel sick again if you take deep breaths after 30 seconds, but you will recover quickly after you slow down your breathing.

In general, you need to move less and breathe more slowly to throw up.

Foods that make you less likely to vomit

When you are sick and need to eat, some foods make you less likely to vomit. The following foods are very good for you in this case:

  • Fruits like bananas, cranberries, and papaya.
  • Bland foods like plain bread or crackers.
  • Treats like cookies and candy bars can also make you feel better.

Ginger

You can also try chewing on fresh mint leaves, drinking a cup of refreshing ginger tea, or eating some gingersnap cookies.

The aroma from these foods and drinks may make you feel better by clearing your head and relieving that awful nausea and acid reflux. But, of course, a sip of cool water might be helpful too!

Lemon

To stop the feeling of nausea, sniff a lemon or suck on a lemon. Lemon relieves the symptoms of nausea.

Though consuming too many teaspoons of lemon juice in a short period may worsen nausea, it should not be enough to induce vomiting. If you can’t find a lemon, you can take vitamin C supplements or drink orange juice.

Bland food that you don’t mind eating when you are sick, like cream of wheat, oatmeal, and crackers, will make you feel better because you won’t be able to smell the food so that you won’t feel sick.

Dry crackers

For morning sickness, try eating a few dry crackers for about 15 minutes before getting out of bed. This helps to absorb stomach acids, and it may also help with nausea if you are feeling sick to your stomach. Other bland foods like white rice or dry toast can also offer relief when recovering from a tummy bug!

Use Ice to Stop Throwing Up Temporarily

girl trying to not to puke

If you are throwing up, you can hold an ice pack to your face. It would be best to do so because you need more time to get the same amount of air you would have gotten by breathing deeply. You will find you start to feel sick again if you take deep breaths after 30 seconds, but you will recover quickly after you slow down your breathing.

Chilled water

Limiting your water intake may worsen the symptoms of acid reflux. However, drinking a sip of chilled water, ginger ale, or a refreshing lime soda can sometimes help to relieve these symptoms.

You also have to avoid alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol can worsen nausea and lead to morning-after anxiety, especially if you drink excessive amounts.

And often, the worst part is that when the alcohol wears off, your symptoms will still be bad. If you find yourself unable to stop binge drinking and are experiencing health consequences like obesity or depression. It may help to seek professional help either online or in-person

What not to eat if you feel like throwing up

Potatoes and eggs are not recommended since you should avoid them when you have a fever (which you will have if you throw up).

How you should go about eating, you need to observe your body. For example, if you feel like you will throw up, you want to identify the foods you have eaten and avoid those foods in the future.

This can be not easy if you don’t remember what you ate, but it can be relatively easy to write down everything you eat after you eat it. You should do so because you may have to throw up, and you will need to know what you will be able to eat if you are sick again.

  • It would be best if you tried something you think you can swallow without throwing up. If you are unsure about what you should eat you can ask your parents for advice or buy a book, you will find helpful.
  • Try to avoid hot or cold foods you can’t stand the temperatures of. You should also avoid the food you are allergic to or haven’t eaten in a long time (foods you have likely forgotten about).

If you are sick and you know you want to throw up, you might as well try to get everything you can out of your system.

When you are sick, you want to avoid foods you have eaten a lot of recently, or you find very hard to eat at this point (it is better if you know you will throw up). You should also avoid the food you have eaten, but you don’t like.

A good way to figure out what food you should avoid is to write down everything you eat after you have eaten it. You want to remember that you will need to identify the kinds of food you should avoid when sick.

It can be not easy to eat less, or you might find yourself throwing up again. If you can’t throw up on your own, you should ask your parents what you should do about it. They will either help you or make you go to the hospital (this is okay. You can be sick there and get better quickly).

When to seek medical help for nausea and vomiting

There are several urgent care and medical emergencies that require access due to the urgency of need. If vomiting is impossible, but nausea persists, there’s a difference between an illness and the displeasure from retching.

If the vomit contains blood, you need to see your local emergency medical professional immediately rather than go to an ER.

Symptoms that are indicative of a life-threatening situation include vomiting with blood and nausea related to motion sickness.

Other symptoms are not as urgent but still require careful consideration on whether they warrant visiting a provider before it’s too late.

Conclusion

Here are a few ways you can avoid throwing up. The truth is that almost everyone has felt nauseous at one time or another.

It is not nice for anyone when someone vomits in public. If you must vomit, do it before you go out on the town with friends. Eat a healthy meal first. (Trusted Sources 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*)

Disclaimer: The information on this blog post doesn’t provide medical advice, and it is not a replacement for diagnosis, treatment, or advice from a professional. It would be best if you did not do anything unless you get the help of a qualified mental health professional.

Medically reviewed and approved by Nataniel Josue M D.