My DS is almost 18 months old and recently got over a bout of croup.
All of his symptoms had gone away about 10 days ago except for a runny nose. For the last week he's been coughing to make himself puke.
I originally thought it was an anger thing and he was doing it on purpose. He knew that if he coughed hard enough it would make him puke which would mean he didn't have to take a nap and he got to go in the shower instead. All of his instances, sometimes several a day, would be when he wanted something such as no nap, to go outside naked, to go with one parent to work, etc - just things he really wanted. Also, he'd do it when having a bad dream - he'd wake up just hysterical and the hard crying makes him cough, which makes him puke. Because I thought it was an anger issue going to a doctor never crossed my mind.
Now, he's doing it without being angry. Sometimes he'll wake up from a nap or from being asleep for the night and cough till he pukes. Yesterday he did it at our table at a restaurant. He's done it with my mom and the babysitter. Water doesn't seem to help. The puke will also happen during a cough and other times he'll stop coughing and puke silently 3 seconds later. What confuses me though is if I become serious with him occasionally and tell him he needs to stop NOW, he will, like he's got some control over it.
Because he's now doing it sometimes without any anger I'm thinking there may be something wrong and it's time to take him to the doctor. Does anyone else have any experience with this? Is he coughing to make himself puke like a stomach issue or is his puking because he's coughing so hard and it's a respiratory type thing centered around the cough? He's having plenty of wet diapers and is drinking a ton. He's pooping though they're a little more runny than normal.
I realize there's lots of "sometimes" in my post but none of his actions are really consistent. Oh, and I can not handle vomit. The sight or smell of it makes me sick and I'm newly pregnant so that makes it even worse. We're not getting much sleep.