December 12, 2012 10:24 AM Subscribe
My daughter throws up after she showers. (And a few other times, too.) It's been going on for nine days. What could be causing my kid's mystery vomiting, and what can I do about it?
posted by Andrhia to health & fitness (43 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
HELP HELP Dr. MeFi, I'm becoming panicky and don't know what to do.
On Monday Dec. 3, my 10-year-old daughter took a shower before bed, and unexpectedly threw up after she got out. She'd been fine all day up until that point. Since then, she's thrown up nearly every night. On a night when she showers (this is every other night), right after she gets out. Otherwise, she's woken up in the wee hours and been sick. She's had no vomiting at all on two nights. Oh, and she threw up once at the doctor after they did her strep swab.
We were operating under the assumption that it was just some passing virus. Aside from the puking, her head hurts, her throat hurts, her stomach hurts. After a while she started coughing, which turned into a distinct wheeze, which wound up in nebulizing her for a few days.
We've been to her pediatrician for this twice, now. On Saturday, they renewed her asthma meds and said to wait out the virus. All day Sunday she was fine until... shower time. All day Monday and through the night she was fine, too! We thought we had waited it out! So we sent her back to school yesterday. Then she threw up after her BATH, not shower (See? We were trying to change it up.) And then again after we woke her up this morning. Poor kid.
So today I took her BACK to the pediatrician, and they basically said, 'This is really weird, I guess talk to the gastroenterologist?' and gave me a prescription for Omnicef in case it was something like a sinus infection or pneumonia presenting in a nonstandard way. As loathe as I am to overuse antibiotics... we figure it can't hurt...? And maybe it will help...? But I haven't started it yet.
And she's, you know, mostly fine? You wouldn't look at her and think "That there is one sick kid." She's not perfect, but she's not exactly moaning in bed, either. She was coughing for a little while in the beginning, but that's over, and her lungs are clear as a bell now. No sneezing, no runny nose or congestion, no fever. She's eating well, no bowel problems. What she eats doesn't seem to matter. She's thrown up on chicken soup and kept McDonald's down just fine.
We have not started using new shower products. We've told her to take cooler showers, and again, one incident involved a bath. No new foods or laundry detergents or anything that we can think of. We have a new roof on our house, but it was put on *after* she got sick.
The child in question has a peanut allergy; history of asthma; a mild dairy allergy; and as we discovered after a lengthy investigative process for her two-year recurring stomach aches, fructose intolerance.
It bears noting that the gastroenterologist in question diagnosed her with IBS last year when we were trying to get to the bottom of her fructose-caused stomach aches. "Eat more fiber" was all we got from the gastro, but it just wasn't working (at least she confirmed no celiac, so there's that). In the end we had to take matters into our own hands and do a Serious Elimination Diet. This application of the scientific method led us to self-diagnose and actually find a way to make her feel better. Which she does! Though she misses smoothies a lot.
So basically: If you were her parent, would you give her the antibiotic? Is there anything we can try before we get in to see the gastro? Should we see the same gastro, or someone else? And have you ever, ever heard of an illness like this?! It's just... weird. Really weird.