coughing and vomiting

Cindy - posted on 09/19/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my 17 month old has a bad gag reflex. Sometimes when he coughs to the point it makes him gag, he'll vomit about 10 seconds later. He doesn't seem sick, he'll go play after and is all happy like nothing happened. Is this normal? He's been doing this alot lately and wondering if this happens to your child or not?

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Keila - posted on 10/02/2010

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My 4-year-old daughter has always had an extremely sensitive gag reflex. Since she was a baby, she would vomit from coughing so hard. I brought it up with her pediatrician and he said that there was no reason for concern and that he's actually prefer a more sensitive gag reflex than a weak one, which makes sense to me. She has more of an issue when she develops a cough from post nasal drip although, at almost 5 years old, she deals with it much better now. So, if it's the same thing, he will learn to deal with it as he gets older.

If his cough is cold or allergy related, you might want to try Vick's Baby Rub during the night and at naptime if it's an issue when lying down. It has eucalyptus oil which is a natural cough suppressant. I use it on my 1-yr-old and it helps him a lot. When he's older (2 years old, I think), Mentholatum makes a chest rub cough suppressant that is awesome at night time. I use this on my daughter when she gets those coughs that invoke he gag reflex and she normally does not have an issue.

I hope that helps!

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Amanda - posted on 05/02/2011

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My son would gag himself everytime I lay him down for a nap or bedtime he knows that once he gags I will come running so he doesn't have to sleep he has done this for quite a few months & he still does it & he just turned 2 April 7th....The reason I know my son gags himself cause I caught him putting his finger down his throat but he hasn't made himself vomit yet

Amanda - posted on 05/01/2011

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My daughter has had a really bad cough where she coughs so hard that she vomitted earlier and idk what to do bout the coughing bc she is only 5 months

Monica - posted on 10/03/2010

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My son has been doing this since he was old enough to find his hand and his mouth. I was told that it doesn't hurt, and the babies find the sensation interesting, so they gag themselves. They don't know how we feel about gagging and vomit. So yeah, once they see that they get a reaction from doing it, they do it for attention. It is almost impossible to ignore gagging, and once my LO vomits, he wins. I cannot ignore vomit. I can see how more attention will help if they are doing it for attention, but ultimately, I have a spoiled rotten kid. He has figured out my weakness. Vomit always wins.

Christine - posted on 09/28/2010

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My daughter is just about 18 months and when she is laying down she coughs to the point where she gags. Nothing comes out but it seems to come in spurts durring her nap/sleep. Also when she is overly upset and crying this will happen to. It doesnt seem to bother her at all but Im still waiting for our Doctors apt. Id maybe call and ask healthlink or book an apt with your doc. Whats the worste they can say? Your being over protective and its a phase? Id rather know its nothing then ignore it for to long and find out it was something that I could have prevented.. Im not the type to bring her to the doc for everything but I know how it would effect me and if it hasnt always affected your son and its something that hes just started not that long ago..then it never hurts to check things out in my opinion. Hope this helps. Hope he stops and gets better soon!

Genia - posted on 09/25/2010

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I noticed my daughter was coughing and vomiting some. Come to find out she was putting her fingers down her throat.

Megan - posted on 09/22/2010

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hi cindy im in NZ and i have had trouble with my son for the last 4 weeks with a cough but in the last week he has started vomiting as a result of coughing, so off to the doctor today and it turns out that it is due to inflamation of his respiratory systym secondary to his cold he had so with medication hope that it will clear up,

Helen - posted on 09/20/2010

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yes my son does this and sticks his fingers down his throat while im driving to make himself gag. my mum witnessed this behaviour and her belief was attention seeking behaviour. of course i was skeptical but as it kept happening and i had no other theory i decided not to react and wow he has more or less stopped. who knows every child is different but this worked for us good luck.

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