BuggaBoo has always had an interesting relationship with vomiting. He had really bad reflux as a baby and still has reflux problems. We then went through a bout of time where he was vomiting above and beyond what the illness called for, and with only a few weeks between vomiting episodes. To me it was like his body conquered the virus/bacteria in a normal amount of time, but the vomiting continued beyond that. If you follow the link above to my blog there's a better detailed description, but the gist is once we took him to the hospital for dehydration for vomiting and they pulled a blood test. We asked our pediatrician about it and he noticed that BuggaBoo's billirubin levels were slightly elevated but his liver enzymes were normal. The doctor ordered an x-ray and ultrasound, which both came back clear. We never got an answer, but it seemed to resolve itself since BuggaBoo stopped having regular vomiting sessions.
This last week our family was struck with a stomach bug, and our symptoms ranged from mildly queasy (The Hubby) to major diarrhea and once vomiting (me). BuggaBoo also got diarrhea, and it got to the point in the first day where we put him into diapers because he kept having accidents. Everyone but BuggaBoo got over the bug in less than a day, he's been having diarrhea for a week. He threw up this morning. He acted sick the first day and a half, but after that he's been himself, but himself with a twist due to the fact that his stomach still doesn't feel good. It was the same way with him vomiting, he was only truly "sick" for a day or so, but the continuing symptoms made him feel sick for a week after.
We thought the vomiting was connected to his reflux, that he just has a weaker stomach more prone to vomiting, but this bout with diarrhea is making me rethink that. I'm worried that his body is continually attack something that, by causal observation, doesn't seem to be there anymore. The Hubby has Type I diabetes, which is an autoimmune disorder. There is a higher risk of our children developing autoimmune disorders because of this.
Typing this all out makes me realize I need to take this to my pediatrician, but I was wondering if any of you lovely folks would have insight into this. Can it that BuggaBoo's body continuing his gastrointestinal symptoms be an indicator of an autoimmune disorder? I'm just so worried that he's developed something.