My 7Yo Seems to Have Excessive Vomiting and an Easy Gag Reflex

Updated on February 09, 2012
L.D. asks from Omaha, NE
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My oldest son throws up a lot and it begins with a series of coughing. He has done this since he was a toddler. It would subside at times but comes back with a vengance. Sometimes he would get sick 2-3 times a day. I've wondered if it was related to allergies, since I have taken him to the family doctor, and the ear, nose and throat specialist. He takes nose spray every day and medication syrup to help alleviate coughing. He also gets worked up about several things, like getting scared if he saw something on tv, or if he overheard someone talking about ghosts or monsters etc... It also can happen when he eats too fast or something he doesnt want to eat. It is almost like he can get sick whenever he thinks about it. I have made an appointment with a therapist to see if he suffers from panic attacks. This just seems to be a combination of things, but I also am tired of cleaning up vomit every day or every other.

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answers from Omaha on

First at 7 years old he should be able to make it to the bathroom to get sick unless he is sleeping and wakes up sick. I have severe allergies and know that the coughing can cause you to be sick. At age 7 I would start him on some over the counter allergy medication and see if that will help with the drainage that could be causing him to be sick. However if he is getting sick when something upsets him he may be just looking for attention, in which I would seek professional help for the both of you on how to handle it. Also if he is getting sick on his own I would make him help you clean it up even if it means him gagging and saying he is going to be sick again. Sometimes facing the consequences of what you do helps you clear the issue up.



answers from Omaha on

This will probably sound heartless, but I think this is probably more behavioral than physical. It gets attention and he probably is a fairly sensitive kid. It is to his advantage to overcome this problem. I would start by teaching him to clean up the mess correctly and then have him take over that responsibility. I would be very matter-of-fact about it. Just point out that he is a big boy now and should learn to take care of this for himself. My guess is that after a while of cleaning up he will solve the problem and you will see less and less of it!



answers from Omaha on

Could be allergies. Or have u tired peppermint. Nothing could be found through Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist. Try Camomille Tea should relax it. Keep him from coughing. Try Non-Allergy Furnace Filter.



answers from Houston on

Your son might have acid reflux or GERD. My son is 7 and he has had it since he was a baby. Usually they outgrow it and I thought he did, but looking back, I can see that he never really did. As a toddler, he would complain about his stomach almost everyday. I thought it was just because he had a tendency to eat too fast, etc. Then, he developed a cough that wouldn't go away. Asthmas was ruled out, but the asthma/allergy doc asked about GERD. He put my son on a medicine and the cough went away. Cough can occur due to irritation of the throat duet to repeated acid coming back up the throat. He has been well controlled with medication, but now he has an issue with gagging, which can be a symptom with GERD. It's worse after he eats and sometimes after playing/exercising too hard. He has thrown up before. The GI doc is thinking about using a scope to look down his throat. All I can say is do some research on the subject and get your son checked out for this. Most kids don't fake symptoms like that, especially for attention. Keep in mind that it's hard for kids to properly explain what they are experiencing when it comes to physical illness. It took going to a few docs before finding one that came up with th idea that maybe he has acid reflux.


answers from Phoenix on

my ex husband and our 2 kids have this to a point. its mostly sights/smells that trigger it in the kids. Like dog food, or if the bathroom is stinky, they will gag and sometimes throw up. it has gotten better since they are older (10 and 7) but my daughter (the 10 yo) was worse than my son. and my ex husband usually gets like that when he's lying (phycological???!!!) or if he gets up to fast in the morning. not sure if this helps but some info for you. good luck!



answers from Minneapolis on

The gag reflex and reactions to things sound like sensory issues. You might want to have him evaluated by a pediatric occupational therapist who is familiar with sensory issues. The coughing almost sounds like cough variant asthma. Have the doctors checked him for that? My oldest son has asthma and until we got it under control he used to cough so hard he would vomit. If it is asthma, instead of a cough syrup he should have an anti-inflammatory inhaler and an albuterol inhaler. What about reflux? Has he been checked for that? That can cause couging and vomiting too. I would keep pursuing medical or emotional causes. I might be in the minority here, but I think it would be mean to make him clean up after himself unless you are absolutely sure he is doing it on purpose. That would be punishing him for something he may not be able to control. Good luck! I've had one asthma-related vomiter and one sensory-related vomiter so I know it can be frustrating.



answers from Pittsburgh on

My son,7, has allergies too. We have been trying to get him to spit out the gross stuff that he often coughs up in the morning (sorry if TMI!). He's always been a bit of a gaggy kid--he would throw up if he saw someone else throw up, picked up a toy with dog slobber on it, etc.
O. thing that helps him have less phlegm is if I run cool mist in his room at night. Not sure if that helps but you're not the only O. with a gagger!



answers from Joplin on

sensory disorder possibly? type it in on any search engine and read a little about it? think to yourself also has he had this all along? my son 4 almost 5 has battled with this and is better now but still has problems with it at times.
hope that helps and you can ask the doctor about it as well.

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