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I hope some of you take the time to read this because I'm desperate for advice! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br>
My DS is 21 months and has been vomiting up liquids for almost 2 weeks now. He keeps solids down fine, but once he gets a large amount of water/milk in him, he throws it all up. The only time I can get him to hold liquids down is if I add alot of probiotics. No fever, no diarrhea, nothing.<br><br>
We took him to the ped, who found he had a right ear infection and said that it may be making him dizzy. Anyway, we treated it and the doctor said we would know by monday if it was the ear infection or not. but here he is, still vomiting.<br>
Our doctor said if that doesn't work we would move on to treating reflux. But I can't find any research of this suddenly developing in toddlerhood...it's mostly with infants who outgrow it by age 1. It's just so sudden with my DS and he is almost 2...<br><br>
My son is veeeerryyyy low on the charts, night wakes constantly asking for 'milk' (i've heard GERD kids do this because it helps keep the acid down?), and the vomiting is just starting to scare me. I'm so tired of holding my breath every time he drinks water <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I'd so love to know what you ladies think. Also, if you have a child with GERD was the medication (if you used it) helpful at all?
 

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Is he still BFing? Have you or he added any new foods to your diet recently?<br><br>
A lot of kids drink more when they have reflux, because drinking "soothes" them even if it's the drink that is causing the reflux. A major cause of reflux is food intolerances, that's why I asked about new foods. The most common culprit is milk (also a common culprit for ear infections). Did he have any stomach bugs lately? A stomach virus can cause a temporary milk intolerance as well. No other symptoms besides the vomiting?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is he still BFing? Have you or he added any new foods to your diet recently?<br><br>
A lot of kids drink more when they have reflux, because drinking "soothes" them even if it's the drink that is causing the reflux. A major cause of reflux is food intolerances, that's why I asked about new foods. The most common culprit is milk (also a common culprit for ear infections). Did he have any stomach bugs lately? A stomach virus can cause a temporary milk intolerance as well. No other symptoms besides the vomiting?</div>
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Not BFing, he is on whole milk since 12 months with no problems. No new foods. Nothing else besides the vomiting. Is it common for a child who has been on whole milk (and formula when he was an infant) to suddenly develop an intolerance after 2 years of being on some dairy? Seems like if it was a milk allergy we would have known by now...
 

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You can develop an intolerance at any time. But it seems strange that vomiting would be the only symptom. Start a food journal and see if it's only after certain things? You mentioned that it was only when he drank - is it when he drinks anything? or something specific?<br><br>
I'm just saying if it is reflux, then it's a probably a food intolerance, because barring a physical defect, which it seems a little late for, food intolerance is the main culprit. Is his sleep unaffected? Because usually reflux people have trouble sleeping.<br><br>
Are they sure it's not just a virus?<br><br>
post-nasal drip with a lot of boogers can cause vomiting, because sometimes a child feels like they're choking on it. Another possibility?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You can develop an intolerance at any time. But it seems strange that vomiting would be the only symptom. Start a food journal and see if it's only after certain things? You mentioned that it was only when he drank - is it when he drinks anything? or something specific?<br><br>
I'm just saying if it is reflux, then it's a probably a food intolerance, because barring a physical defect, which it seems a little late for, food intolerance is the main culprit. Is his sleep unaffected? Because usually reflux people have trouble sleeping.<br><br>
Are they sure it's not just a virus?<br><br>
post-nasal drip with a lot of boogers can cause vomiting, because sometimes a child feels like they're choking on it. Another possibility?</div>
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As far as a milk intolerance...what would I switch him to? I don't want to give him soy milk since i've read ALOT of bad stuff about it. Rice/almond/hemp milks are really low in calories and fat, and high in sugar so I worry about that effecting brain development/causing tooth decay.<br><br>
Yeah, nothing new in his diet. Just a variation of what stuff he's had his whole life. And yeah, It's when he drinks ANYTHING. We don't do juice, so all he gets is water or milk..and those are the things that come back up. It's like if it's more than 4-5oz...it all comes back.<br><br>
He has always been a bad sleeper, he slept through the night from 12mo to 17 months and that was heaven...but he started waking twice a night from that point til now, asking for milk. I just though he was going through a growth spurt/teething so never thought much of it since most people I know still have 2 year olds night waking. :/<br><br>
I'm not sure if it could be a virus, the nurse and ped said if it was he would have other symptoms like runny poop or being lethargic. He is his normal, high energy self even after he throws up he asks for more food or water and wants to go right back to playing. We are almost 2 weeks into this, it just seems like a virus would be getting better by now. The ped did mention that in very rare occasions that brain tumors can cause this type of symptom but, it just seems like we would have seen developmental delays if that were the case and he has always been on or ahead of milestones/walking and speech.
 

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My kids slept at that age, unless they were reacting to something. You could try taking him off milk for a couple weeks and see what happens (you can mix coconut milk and rice milk; then you get the vitamins that are added to the rice milk + the fat from the coconut milk). We also make smoothies (fruit and coconut milk) for drinks, and chicken broth (calcium). Wouldn't hurt to try it.
 

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i will! thank you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 
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