M.D. asks from Muncie, IN on April 19, 2008
3 Year Old Daughter W/ Frequent & Severe Vomiting
I was wondering if someone out there can help me. My daughter is 3 years old, and ever since this time last year has been in perfect health. She got a stomach virus around April of last year and had severe vomiting that lasted for about a day and then she was fine in a few days. Well, she got sick like this maybe 2 or 3 times by Christmas of last year. Well, out of nowhere on December 23, she got sick again and spent her whole Christmas vomiting, but this time the vomiting lasted for 2 days. We thought it was just like any other time, so when she was fine we didn't think anything of it.
She got sick again 2 weeks after that, and that time the vomiting lasted for 3 days. Everytime she gets sick, the vomiting gets worse. On March 10, she was sick again (and our baby had it this time too) but it was so bad that she had severe dehydration and was hospitalized for two days. She is sick again now, and this makes the third time since her hospital stay, and the second time in a week and a half.
We have taken her to see several doctors, and have gotten several different answers. Basically, they have said that she is just a kid and kids get sick and that it's normal for children to be sick like this once or twice a month. My oldest daughter is the ONLY one that keeps getting sick like this; my husband, youngest daughter, and myself don't get this, so I know that this isn't contagious like they think. This makes the seventh time since Christmas that this has happened. Has anyone else out there experienced this type of illness in their children? I'm no doctor, but I don't think it's normal AT ALL for my 3 year old daughter to be dehydrated and puking out her body weight twice a month. I need some advice, because no one seems to take us seriously, they just send us home (that's how my daughter ended up being admitted to the hospital the first time) and tell us it's normal. I'm just sick of seeing my little girl miserable...she looks like she's wasting away, last time she was so weak she didn't fight the nurses when they started her IV. Please PLEASE email me...I don't know what to do!
So What Happened?™
I want to thank you all for your advice...it's nice to know that there are other mothers out there that will help when you need it. As of right now, my daughter is completely healthy, and has been for two months. It turns out my doctor thought the same thing I did and we were both right...she has Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. It sounds scary, but it's alot better than the alternative, and I have been able to keep this under control. She has been doing much better, and the only problem we have to look forward to is that these vomiting episodes will turn to migraines once she hits adolescence. Thank you all again so much for your advice and support...I could not have dealt with all of this without you all!
J.D. answers from Columbus on April 24, 2008
my daughter did that also, so I took her to Children's and they ran test and found that she has Gasterial Paresis (can't spell) it is when she eats or drinks and it goes to her stomach her stomach then becomes paralyzed and that's what caused the vomiting b/c the food and no other place to go. She had to be put on somekind of powder and that worked. The doctors said she would probably out grow it and that she did. She's 5 now and no problems.
K.B. answers from Toledo on April 20, 2008
You may have already done this but have you considered getting a referral to go see a GI doctor? Thay may be better able to tell you what might be the cause.
K.W. answers from Indianapolis on April 20, 2008
I'd keep going to drs. until you find someone who can give you some real answers. Being dehydrated and vomiting is NOT normal. Keep track of her bouts with it and just keep going to different ones until you find one who will take you seriously.
C.B. answers from Lafayette on April 20, 2008
there is an awesome doc in crawfordsville, he nit picks everything to make sure he doens't miss a minute. his name is dr. hwang(pronounced wong), his number is ###-###-####. if you're coming from the lafayette area, take 231 south into crawfordsville, turn into the ER entrance for ST.CLAIR HOSPITAL, just before you reach the parking lot you'll turn right at the stop sign & follow the road to the little brown brick building in the back. when you walk in go down the left hallway and he's the first door on the left. it might take a little bit to understand what he says, but he is truly the last REAL physician for kids. good luck & god bless, i hope she gets better soon.
D.T. answers from Muncie on April 19, 2008
Could it be a food allergy? Something as common as wheat or gluten (most breads). I know my husband had two really bad bouts of vomiting for no real reason, what we figured was he's allergic to shrimp because that was the only thing "unusual" he'd eaten the nights before. He was sick for a day or so then be fine. We haven't "tested" our theory, but he hasn't had any shrimp and I haven't either (cross contamination was the cause the second time) and he's been fine.
Try to think back to what she's eaten the day before she last got ill, anything similar form the other times before she was ill?
If you can't remember try looking for someone who will test her for ALL known food allergies, even the odd ones.
H.K. answers from Lafayette on April 22, 2008
First let me say I am so glad you are able to get more testing done. I would recommend checking into food allergies. My 2nd son would throw up 1-2 times a week just about every week. No fever, nothing else (except he didn't want to eat then and was tired). Dr.'s kept fluffing off as the residual effects from the Rotovirus we had had months before. This went on for over a year. Then we stumbled upon food allergies. Once we eliminated certain food, he didn't throw up again (except when he truly has the flu). My older son does this too, but no nearly as often. His allergies are milder. I, too have the same allergy and didn't know it for years and would have severe vomiting and diahrea with mine. With food allergies, you body wants to get rid of the "poison" ASAP! It does whatever to get it out of you. Good luck and please keep us posted as to what you find out. I hope they figure this out soon for all of you.
E.D. answers from Lima on April 21, 2008
Hello, I'm a mother of a 21mo. old who has been having similular symptoms. He first vomited in march for one night and was fine the next day. A week in a half went by and he got sick again but this time he threw up for four days then had diarrhea for about 4 more days. In the mist of those days i took him to the doctor and they said it was the rotavirus and that he will be fine as long as he stays hydrated. My daughter who is 3, 2 weeks ago to the day was vomitng and diarrhea for 2 days and was fine after that now today exactly 2 weeks later my son last night is vomiting once again with diarrhea. I figured he would be the last one to get the stomach virus again. So I am at a lost for words. I have know clue what the problem is. I also have an 11 yr. old and have never experienced anything like this. I just wanted to let you know I feel your pain and if I find anything out I will let you know. Take care
M.L. answers from Fort Wayne on April 20, 2008
Go to Another Dr.. My Daughter was doing the same thing and we found out she has Celiacs. ( She is allergic to Gluten) So we have cut out all wheat. barley, malt from her diet. (you might want to try that )
C.P. answers from Indianapolis on April 23, 2008
We went through this exact same thing with our daughter. We finally saw a Gastrointerologist (sp?). He said that our stomachs have a "biological clock" that tell it when to evacuate and when not to. He said that small children can have that clock thrown off if they catch a stomach virus and it can last for several months. Our daughter would get sick every 7 days for about 24 hours. It was like clock work (no pun intended). We just had to treat her with clear liquids every time it started up and wait for her stomach to settle down. It took several months for her stomach to stop the cycle, but it finally did. I did find that ginger ale worked pretty well (ginger helps to settle the stomach). You can also find ginger lollipops (bariatriceating.com sells them because a lot of bariatric patients experience nausea at first) and my kids like them. Hope this helps.
L.F. answers from Fort Wayne on April 20, 2008
My advice to you is to demand to see a specialist because your right. It IS NOT normal to puke like that and that often. Kids don't normally get sick like that. You have a right to get another doctors opinion. I would think and internalist that deals with the stomach or something would be better.
N.W. answers from Indianapolis on April 21, 2008
Have they tested your daughter for strep or tonsillitis? I have a girlfriend whose kids' only symptom of strep is vomiting. And for my boys, they throw up when they have tonsillitis. Maybe she's had it all this time? I'd have her checked just to be sure if she hasn't been tested already.