Periodic Projectile Vomiting, loose stools and refuses to eat food.

Carrie - posted on 02/27/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 15 months old. He has always projectile vomited and was diagnosed with acid reflux. He was given Axid. When I stopped nursing at about 7 months it became worse. He has had only 3 normal stools in his life. He always has watery stools and it still remains to be exactly what he ate. Although he rarely eats any solid foods. He only wants his bottle or cup. He stopped sleeping well when he had to be moved from his carseat. He wakes up screaming , stiff and pushes out his belly. He's up several times a night and seems to be in pain. After 8 months of this my ped finally ran a few tests because I need an answer. When he set up the tests he told me that we wouldn't find anything. When the radioligist did his barium swallow he said he has pyloric spasms and needed to be watched very carefully. My ped told me the test was normal. He also has days when he projectile vomits everything he takes. Yesterday I tried the e.r. and because he wasn't dehydrated they told me there was nothing they could do. My baby is suffering everyday and seems to be in pain and I feel like no one will help. I've made him an appt with a G.I. doc but its not til April. I feel so helpless and upset that my baby hurts and doesn't eat. I need some answers.

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Andrea - posted on 10/06/2010

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my 9 week old done the same thing. they put pectin(what they put in jelly, u get it at grocery store)in her milk. it thickened up her stool. then the spit ups they done surgery to repair the flap that holds down the food, put a rap of some sort around her belly(also to help hold food down and streach out belly to hold more food down).then put a feeding tube in to give her what she didnt take by mouth. it supost to help the pectin is an old time solution for lose stools, it did the trick for mine!

RACHEL - posted on 08/27/2010

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have they ever checked him for food allergies my daughter was doing the same thing till we found out she was allergic to milk soy and meat proteins the type of alergies she has is related to esinophilic esophagitis (EE) it is commonly confused with acid reflux it is usually diagnosed when your child shows all signs of acid reflux with no relief fron any acid meds try googling it i hope they figure it out soon

Catherine - posted on 06/15/2010

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its great that you finally got something done and have seen an improvement. I didn't know that domperidone could be used for that purpose, i was on it for awhile to increase milk supply but i guess many meds have multi uses! I hope that the new med continues to work well and that things continue to get better :)

Claire - posted on 06/06/2010

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the peadiatrician has changed his medication and we saw a change immediately when we gave it to him before his meals it's called domperidone and he doesn't projectile vomit as much as he did when he was on the gaviscon sachets which is brilliant but i still carry burp cloths, spare clothes etc with me on the pushchair or in the car lol just in case

Catherine - posted on 05/24/2010

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I agree with the replies already here, it could be an allergy to something he is eating or drinking. or it could be his reflux medication needs to be changed.

Don't be afraid to get a 2nd, 3rd or 4th opinion if you need to. You know your child better then anyone and if u believe that there is something really wrong keep bugging the drs to get something done about it.

I hope that everything is getting better :)

Tammie - posted on 05/12/2010

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This sounds a lot like my son. He had pyloric spasms and they surgically corrected that, however he's vomiting and gas retention didn't change. After 19 months though we finally have an answer. He cannot digest sucrose (sugar) and starch. It was diagnoses via biopsy but ever since we changed his diet and added a special medicine...the world has gotten a lot brighter for him. He's finally walking, gaining some weight, not screaming all the time, had his 1st "normal" stool and stopped vomiting and having all the gas pains. CSID is a very rare disorder, but it was our answer. I wish you guys all the best and hopefully you get an answer as well.

Claire - posted on 03/10/2010

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we also have a son who vomits the peadiatrician prescribed gaviscon sachets for it he had to have them either before or after eating but he still threw up whether he had it before or after his meals they have now prescribed domperidone 5mls 20 mins before eating and it seems to be working although he still has the occasional vomit hes not as bad as he was they were also considering doing the barium test to see how much acid was in his tummy but decided against it because he cannot swallow the barium and it wouldn't have been done in our local hospital we would have had to go to bristol childrens hospital and have a ph probe in his throat for 24 hours so i would keep on at your peadiatrician or your local gp etc but good luck in finding out whats causing the vomiting etc



ps our son is 4 years old and still prefers 4month pureed food and won't even touch home food so i know where you are coming from, he also has slight developmental delay good luck in finding out what they have to say about the vomiting.

Jessica - posted on 03/01/2010

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Hang in there! I have found it is very difficult to get doctors to listen to parents, if you keep bugging them eventually they will get sick of listening to you and decide to do something. It really sounds like you need a different pediatrician, especially if the radiologist mentioned an abnormality your Dr denied. When you go in for your GI appointment make a list of all of his symptoms and their onset, be very specific and don't take "we'll wait and see" for an answer. Good luck.

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