Why does my two-year-old throw up almost daily?
September 28, 2009 8:21 AM Subscribe
My 28-month-old boy throws up like Stan in "South Park," every 2 to 3 days. How can we help him keep his food down?
posted by homelystar to health & fitness (14 answers total)
For the past three months or so, G. has thrown up at least a couple of times a week. For the past three weeks, it's been almost every day! We're seeing a GI specialist tomorrow.
I know sensitive gag reflexes and vomiting when upset are very common in toddlers. This particular toddler has always been a very enthusiastic eater, and he spat up a lot in his first year. He doesn't have a fever when he does it and he's still gaining weight. But...every day? If anyone else's kids did this at this age, what helped?
Triggers seem to be:
- coughing (if he has a cold)
- eating too fast and/or not chewing his food enough (which happens a lot; we tell him to take small bites and eat slowly, but we also end up cutting his food in very small pieces because he often tries to wolf it down anyway)
- being upset--such as on the first day of preschool, or after skinning his knee at the playground.
He's also reached way back into his mouth and then thrown up a few times; I think that was only when he had a molar coming in.
We've tried reducing or eliminating dairy products from his diet, since his dad has allergies and asthma which get worse when he eats dairy foods. It didn't seem to make any difference. There's no other family history of digestive problems or food intolerance that we know of. G. has a prescription for an albuterol inhaler which we've used a few times when he has a cold and starts to wheeze; that doesn't seem to affect the throwing up one way or the other, either.
Thanks for any advice you have. If you know of anything specific we should ask the doctor--actually, nurse practitioner--I'd appreciate that too.