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#1 of 8 Old 02-06-2011, 12:31 PM - Thread Starter
 
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He was a  very very spitty infant, but was not dxed with reflux because he was gaining weight very well and didn't act like he was in pain, not fussy or anything. He's 20 months now, and still is a puker at the slightest provocation. He's likely to throw up if he has a minor cold, and I suspect its gagging on mucous causing it. Its usually first thing in the morning, when post nasal drip is the worst. He also throws up if he's particularly upset from stress/anxiety. Like being left with a sitter or the church nursery. (and not necessarily due to screaming until he pukes, he can appear calm and have a stress puke) So I can explain some of his "not sick" puke away. 

 

But I have zero explanation for the occasions when he's sleeping, wakes up, and pukes. When he is very much *not sick*. No fever, not so much as a sneeze or the slightest hint of a runny nose. No symptoms whatsoever. High energy and appetite the previous day and the next day, 100% normal except for night waking to throw up. This is a relatively frequent occurance.. I'd say every 3-4 weeks or so? Is there any reasonable explanation for this? There's no way he's doing this on purpose. 


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There are actually a lot of different things that could cause nighttime vomiting in an apparently healthy child.  For instance, it could be seizures.  It could be childhood migraines (which sometimes happen without pain).  It could be just that he's got an overactive gag reflex.  Personally, I'd want to rule out the serious stuff; it definitely warrants a trip to a doctor, IMO. 

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I do this, and have since I was an infant.  I wake up in the middle of the night, vomit and go back to bed.  It happens about once a month.  I have seen several specialists and they can't find anything causing it.  Since it doesn't really bother me or interrupt my life I just deal with it.  I would be very interested to hear if you do get a dx of something!  Best of wishes!

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Bizarre! Do you know if you spit up a lot as an infant? Do you generally have a sensitive stomach/gag reflex? I did some googling and there's lots of random forum posts/yahoo answers asking about kids with similar issues and nearly every one of them has someone referencing an episode of Mystery Diagnosis where a child was having a seizure that caused vomiting. River isn't quite as severe as it sounds that child was, she was *every* night. He might occasionally puke 2-3 times in a week.. well, really, there's no pattern but it does seem that rarely does a month go by with his digestive system going exclusively one direction, lol. I think what I need to do is type up a history of all the times he's puked, what he was like as an infant, tummy bugs, the anxiety triggered, the no explanation available ones, and see if I can email it to the ped. (and I need to start journaling them, from here on) I figure I could create a "sick visit" appt to discuss it, but those are short appts and its easy to forget all the things you want to bring up! And since there's less "looking at the baby" and more "talking about the baby", they feel rushed, and I'd be out $30 :P I'll send an email, then we can take it from there. 


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I don't know if I was a spit-y infant but I can find out smile.gif

I do have a *very* strong gag reflex and it is pretty normal for me to vomit while brushing my teeth. I also vomit or have diarrhea (sorry for the over-share) in a response to stress/anxiety.  When I was in school it was pretty much a given that I would get up and vomit the night before a field trip, birthday party or other exciting activity.  I had my gallbladder removed when I was 19, went gluten/dairy/egg free for a number of years, have had barium series, endoscopes, colonoscopies and pretty much any other invasive test possible and nothing is ever wrong.  Truth be told, the vomiting has never really bothered me because I am so used to it.  It *really* bothered and continues to upset my mom.  Diarrhea is much more inconvenient and bothersome for me, but like the vomiting, I have just accepted it as a way of life. 

 

I do think you should check with a pediatric gastroenterologist or some other doctor to rule out any possibilities, but if they don't find anything, your LO will likely not even realize it isn't normal to vomit so frequently.  I remember a friend in middle school commenting that she hadn't vomited for 3 years I was thought she was such a freak! lol.gif   Writing up a history and keeping a log of when it happens and maybe note if something stressful (even good stress) happened or what was eaten would be a good idea.  If you are referred on you will already have all the information right there.  I am really sorry you and your DS have to put up with it and wish you the best!!!

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We also had problems with our son spitting up and vomiting from when he was born up until the present day.

After numerous trips to the Dr's finding absolutely nothing wrong with him, we had mentioned to our Chiropractor during a visit for ourselves. After listening he asked if we minded that he take a look at him and adjust him as well. We have become really good friends with our Chiropractor and has done some amazing things for us that no other Dr. Could fix or even find an answer too, especially since I myself have severe degenerative bone and joint disease that caused me to have many...,,,,,,, knee surgeries, one if the surgeries landing me on a donor list for a procedure called a Massive Allograph. I was still in a lot of pain after the surgery and landed in a wheel chair for nearly two years.

Back to the topic. We allowed our Chiropractor to take a look at him, and told us he needed to adjust his stomach. After fighting severe "stomach attacks" as well as being hospitalized for pancreatitis and list of other stomach issues I had after having my gallbladder removed. I was discharged going home with the same amount of pain I had when I went in. This is when I decided to talk to my Chiropractor about it, and after just one visit he adjusted my stomach and I was pain free! So we agreed to let him adjust our sons stomach as well, and after just one visit the spit up and vomiting stopped completely!

There are tons of Chiropractors out there, it's just a matter of finding the right one. I have seen numerous Chiropractors and none of them were even close to being as good as our Dr. Bob. He definitely knows what he's doing, so friendly, takes his time talking to and listening to each one of his patients.

I strongly recommend seeing a chiropractor. Just call and ask around to get a feel for each one. Finding the right one is VERY important. Feel free to ask the oddest questions such as do you adjust stomachs, legs, etc. also ask if they adjust babies, our son had his first adjustment when he was only a couple of weeks old.

Good luck! Let me know if anyone gives it a try.
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I don't know if I was a spit-y infant but I can find out smile.gif

I do have a *very* strong gag reflex and it is pretty normal for me to vomit while brushing my teeth. I also vomit or have diarrhea (sorry for the over-share) in a response to stress/anxiety.  When I was in school it was pretty much a given that I would get up and vomit the night before a field trip, birthday party or other exciting activity.  I had my gallbladder removed when I was 19, went gluten/dairy/egg free for a number of years, have had barium series, endoscopes, colonoscopies and pretty much any other invasive test possible and nothing is ever wrong.  Truth be told, the vomiting has never really bothered me because I am so used to it.  It *really* bothered and continues to upset my mom.  Diarrhea is much more inconvenient and bothersome for me, but like the vomiting, I have just accepted it as a way of life. 

 

I do think you should check with a pediatric gastroenterologist or some other doctor to rule out any possibilities, but if they don't find anything, your LO will likely not even realize it isn't normal to vomit so frequently.  I remember a friend in middle school commenting that she hadn't vomited for 3 years I was thought she was such a freak! lol.gif   Writing up a history and keeping a log of when it happens and maybe note if something stressful (even good stress) happened or what was eaten would be a good idea.  If you are referred on you will already have all the information right there.  I am really sorry you and your DS have to put up with it and wish you the best!!!

 

Me too!!! 

 

I haven't been able to link it to anything either, I occasionally wake up in the middle of the night... but it hasn't happened very often since going on mat leave, it used to happen REALLY often when I was still working. The only way it's effected my life is that I don't like being anywhere that I can't "get away" easily. I also always scout garbage cans everywhere I go just as a weird habit... 

Doctors are useless in figuring out this stuff, I can't really blame them, how are they supposed to know why it's happening if I can't even link it to anything?

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have you tried a gluten free, corn, & dairy free diet?

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