Excessive vomiting

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 6:39am
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pHere's a strange question. Do any of you have a PA child that seems more prone to vomiting than most? My oldest child (he is 11 and allergic to peanuts and walnuts) has a history of excessive vomiting. He doesn't vomit for no reason--or because he is nervous--nothing like that. But when he gets a bug of some sort--and it includes vomiting--he never just throws up once or twice--it almost always involves excessive vomiting. As little as 12 times in a half day--and as much as 40 times over a couple of days. When he was smaller he had to be hospitalized twice for dehydration related to the vomiting. After that we didn't wait so long--we used phenergan suppositories to stop the vomiting sooner. Now that he is older, he seems to vomit a bit less and of course being bigger he doesn't get dehydrated as easily. My Dr. says that some kids seem to not be able to switch off the vomiting. I don't know any one else like this and wondered if this was a trait that some other PA kids might have./p

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 7:52am
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I don't know if this will be totally relevant or not, but I'll tell you anyways. My husband - not PA can vomit on command. He has an extremely sensitive gag reflex. If he smells something gross or if we even talk too much about it, he'll gag. He's been to doctors about it and he has also been to an allergist because certain foods bring it on. Poultry and eggs are the ones that cause it the most. He was on some medication (until they took it out of Canada because of a heart attack risk factor) that really helped with the food part of it. When he gets the flu, he vomits all of the time!! A lot!! Anyways, I know he's not PA, or a child, but it's another idea.
Kim

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 8:56am
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Hi Frances, that must be so rough on your son (and on you!) to have this problem. My daughter is also allergic to peanuts and walnuts, and vomiting has been one of her major symptoms during reactions. We are very fortunate, however, that she has not had any problems such as you describe. Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 9:08am
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My cousin's little boy, who is not PA (or any other allergies that I know of), vomits excessively whenever he catches a virus. He has also been hospitalized several times for dehydration.
tkiaml

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 11:40am
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Frances - I found a website that you may find helpful. It discusses a syndrome which causes excessive vomiting - not much is known about it, but it's not dangerous. It's called CVS - Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, and it can be triggered by viruses (stomach or otherwise), illness or food sensitivities. Check out this link:
[url="http://www.beaker.iupui.edu/cvsa/cvsfacts.html"]http://www.beaker.iupui.edu/cvsa/cvsfacts.html[/url]
Hope this helps. Carolyn
[This message has been edited by Mom to Cayley (edited February 05, 2001).]

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 12:28am
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How interesting you bring this up! My PA child has twice had vomiting attacks, and both times to excess (his PA triggers respitory problems, I
thought). Just over Christmas he was in the hospital for almost a week because of rotavirus. Rotavirus usually starts with a little vomiting then diarhea. Not Nicholas--he vomited 35 times within the first 8 hours. Then he continued about every hour after that for a couple of days. He was on IV's--at least this kept him hydrated. But this was the second time it happened. Both times we ended up in the hospital with dehydration. The second time we had to be readmitted because he started vomiting again.
The doctor said some children are "pukers" (his words!). But Nicholas has only thrown up twice (since nursing), both times excessively. He's three and a half.
I will check out that web site. Thanks!
Michelle

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 12:40am
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Mom to Cayley,
Oh, my golly! That web page described Nicholas to the "t!" I am going to show his doctor.
Thank you! You know, putting your finger on it puts you back in control, somewhat. Now I know what to do. First thing is the minute he starts to vomit we're going to the hospital! Last time he threw up so hard the blood vessels burst in his face. He was a mess!

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 1:01am
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Michelle2 - I'm so glad you found that website helpful! It is terrible enough to be sick once or twice, let alone having up to 30 or more "attacks" per day. Poor kids!

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 9:04am
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Michelle2
Isn't this site awesome. All you have to do is ask a question and bingo, answers arrive. I don't think my son is as severe as the CSV (or was it CVS). Anyway, what we found helpful was when it was clear his vomiting wasn't going to stop--10 to 12 times when he was littler--we went straight to the phenergan suppositories. We hated to use such an "invasive" treatment--but he was always so sick he didn't mind, and it almost always helped. Our Dr. assured us it was much better than a trip to the hospital!

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 12:57am
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Our doctor wouldn't allow the phenergan suppositories--he said it caused neurological problems with children Nicholas' age. But when he gets older, you bet we're going this direction. It's awful sitting in an emergency room examination room for hours--that's what we had to do last December 25.
Michelle

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 4:54am
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How old does your pediatrician recommend your son be before trying the Phenergan? My son was about 3 or 3 1/2 the first time we started using them. It didn't cause any problems--but I will ask about the neurolgical part next time I see him (not that it matters now but I am curious!)

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