K.E. asks from Cleveland, OH on November 07, 2007
Daughter Throws up All the Time!
My daughter 22 months old pukes so easily! This all started when she was about 9 months old. She pukes if something tastes bad, she gets hair in her mouth, she has a cough, if she is screaming crying and when she gets the flu she pukes for like 7 days. It's not just a little puke, once she starts she can't stop until everything comes up. Do you think she is just very sensitive when it comes to that or has anyone of heard of this being caused for another reason?
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Thanks sooo... much for all your advice!! I think I have the answer! This is tooo.. funny! Last night I was checking my sons throat for strep and he wanted to check mine and my husbands troat. He looked in my husbands mouth and started laughing. He said mommy what is that big thing hanging down? I knew what he was talking about but for some reason I looked. My husbands uvula is soooo.... long that it bends on his tongue!!!! My husband told me that he to pukes easily. He said if he has flem he pukes. So I tried to look at her uvula to see if it to was extremely long. Couldn't tell for sure but I think it is. So I will keep trying to check but I am pretty sure this is her problem. Poor thing now her daddy keeps singing that she has his uvula! Thanks!
T.M. answers from Louisville on November 08, 2007
T.L. answers from Dayton on November 08, 2007
My son did the exact same thing. Going to restaurants was a nightmare for awhile. He did that until he was just turning 3. He's almost 4 and he hasn't done that in a long time. He out grew it and I hope your little one will outgrow it too.
T.M. answers from Louisville on November 08, 2007
You may want to rule out two things allergies and acid reflux or a combination of both. These are pretty typical symptoms of a build up of mucus which triggers the gag reflex but sometimes kids have some acid reflux in combination which makes it really easy to puke. Good luck! T.
D.H. answers from Cleveland on November 08, 2007
My 5 1/2 year old has a easy gag reflex too. His started when we found out he had a milk allergy at 9 months. Everytime he has a cold, eats too much dairy(he is allowed now) or cries too hard he throws up. Same with coughing. Now that he is older he can control it better. The doctor has never been too concerned, but it wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor about it.
C.J. answers from Cincinnati on November 08, 2007
you might want to take her to the doctor. There is this thing called gurd, its causes kids to react like you described. It is cureable, I think. My son threw up a lot when he was little, He's grown out of it now,( 5 years old) It seemed like he'd throw up 2 times of what he took in. Sometimes they are just sensitive, a doctor can tell you whats going on and if it is a problem.
J.M. answers from Pittsburgh on November 08, 2007
My son never had this problem, but my friend's son did. He always puked for many different reasons, like dog hairs, too big of bites, sticking his hands in his mouth, stringy foods, crying too much and others too. It sounds exactly like your daughter! She always just swore it was a sensitive gag reflex but the doctors told her that a person/ baby just doesn't have a "sensitive gag reflex" so they said it could be acid reflux. So the doctor prescribed medication for him and she said it didn't help but just a little. I know that doesn't help much. Your daughter isn't just the only one, just be carefull with the things that you know could make her puke, like make sure she takes smaller bites or her food is cut real small or she doesn't cry to long/hard. Good Luck, I'm sure it is trying!
F.R. answers from Columbus on November 08, 2007
K., your poor little girl! I would have her gag reflex checked. There are things the Dr can do for it. I grew up with a bad gag reflex - but mine was not as sensitive as your daughter's. I just puked on the dentist everytime I got my teeth cleaned, she soon learned not to hang the little vacume thing on the side of my mouth! lol...I know it is horrifing to see your little girl like that. My son also has shown signs of it. But talk with her doc. My mom had to see 3 before someone believed her about mine. Good luck to you!
N. answers from Owensboro on November 07, 2007
I know how you feel!
My daughter never spit up as a small baby - not even a normal amount - then when she turned 1 year old, several things happened at once... she got the chickenpox vaccine which gave her a very mild case of chickenpox and she contracted the flu (this was all Jan 2007) and began vomiting. But the vomiting never stopped even after the flu was over - and it continued after each and every meal for 4 months!!! When we finally did go to see a pediatric specialist (we had to wait for about 8 weeks for the appt!), she said that our little girl was suffering from 2 things - allergies that were causing her stomach to swim in mucus, making it volatile and queasy, and second a condition called "Post viral gastric pyloris (sp?)" which is to say that after the flu and chicken pox, her stomach muscles, which are supposed to move the food from her stomach to her bowels, stopped working (as they do during a virus) and never started back up again (at least not at a decent enough pace to keep things from getting backed up). And so every time she ate, everything would "hit a wall" and be pushed back out...
In the end, there was not a great deal that we could do in terms of treatment really, we just had to wait it out, and over the next month or so it did slowly stop due to starting an allergy med (singulair) and just the natural progression of the PVGP. The doctor said some people (this is a condition that affects adults as well as children) suffer with it for up to 18 months - and there's no way of preventing it or being able to tell who it will happen to - just luck of the draw and you roll the dice every time you get a virus.
I don't know if this has anything to do with your daughter - but it may give you a place to start - especially if she is also experiencing alot of allergy symptoms. Good Luck!
B.S. answers from Columbus on November 08, 2007
My stepson did the same thing up until he was around 4 or 5. He has a very sensitive gag reflex. My husband does as well. If they brush too far back they can trigger the gag reflex. The difference is being older they can sometimes keep from throwing up. My stepson would put too much food into his mouth and trigger it and would throw up all over his plate. More than likely she will grow out of some of it and just be able to compensate for the sensitivity.