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Eating is not the issue. People who are otherwise reasonably healthy can go without eating for a week or more and not suffer seriously. The problem is fluids and electrolytes. If someone gets dehydrated they can loose kidney function and cause permanent kidney damage. If the individual is not able to maintain electrolyte balance it can result in death. If a person is unable to hold down food and/or water for more than a day he/she should be treated immediately. After 24 hours, it is time to get an IV full of liquids pumped into you. They also can put a sugary mixture into your body (via IV) to take away the nausia. If this is a child under 4, then 12 hours is too much time.

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Q: If someone has been ill and vomiting and unable to eat how long before it becomes dangerous and malnourisment becomes an issue?
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