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#1 of 4 Old 06-06-2010, 04:38 PM - Thread Starter
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My 21 month old niece has been vomiting at night for the past 2 weeks. She is completely fine during the day, some days she may have a less than normal appetite, but otherwise she is fine. She only vomits at night, (anywhere from 1 am to 3 am onset), so a good 7 or 8 hours after dinner. She is showing zero signs of illness, but wakes up and vomits 5 to 7 times (about every 10 minutes for an hour or 2) and then goes back to sleep and is full of energy in the morning. Any ideas? I really don't think its gastro, it's been dragging on too long and she is totally fine all day.

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Teething? My lo is about that age and gets very gaggy and refluxy when her molars are coming in. Never actually vomited but acts like she will.

I would also look into seizures. I knew a little girl who vomited at night frequently and it ended up being epileptic seizures. It's not common for seizures to present that way, but sometimes they do.

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My dd had a similar problem for a while and it turned out to be reflux, as far as we can tell. We moved dinner time about an hour earlier and propped the head of her mattress up a bit with phone books and the vomiting stopped. I know you said she eats a lot earlier than that, but as far as I can remember dd was vomiting around 11 or 12, so a good 4 hours or so after bedtime. Maybe at least raising the head of her bed would be worth a try?

I have also heard of seizures presenting that way, but I know that's pretty rare.

I hope your little niece feels better very soon!

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I would guess reflux. My oldest DD started vomiting at night when she was about 16 months and then it progressed to after every meal within a few weeks. The doc kept telling me it was a stomach bug even months later when it was still constant. She was finally diagnosed with GERD at urgent care and was on meds until she was 3 1/2.

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