Cold season is back, and with it my 4-year-olds problem. She can manage phlegm fine during the day, but at night, as she falls asleep, it seems to tickle her throat and trigger her gag reflex. So a child with nothing more than a runny nose is vomiting repeatedly, mostly at the beginning of the night. Right now the poor thing is sleeping on a towel over her bare mattress, while everything else takes a trip through the wash. This hasn't happened for more than a year, so I thought we were done with it, but now, after four days of fever, we've had two nights of it. (Note to anyone concerned - there are no GI symptoms during the day; this is definitely a gag reflex problem.)
Has anyone else had this problem? Any advice?
Ds had this problem. What cured it was eliminating milk from his diet, especially from his bedtime routine. He'd have a bottle/cup of milk (he was 2) before bedtime. When we stopped doing that, it went away. Ds can have some dairy, but not a lot, when he's got a cold. He doesn't naturally eat much dairy (except ice cream) so it's not usually an issue.
I have no idea if that will help your dd, but it's worth a try.
Can you bucket train her? Put a bucket next to her or on her bed. Tell her to puke into that. Less mess.
We switched bedtime milk to bedtime tea tonight; so far, so good! Thanks everybody. Oh, we've tried to bucket train. But I think it just happens in a split second with her; one moment she thinks she's just coughing, the next moment, her guts are on her pillow. I hope she isn't stuck with this for life...