14 Month old Gags himself

Caitlin - posted on 07/14/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 14 month old has recently started gagging himself, at first he'd just gag himself once or twice and smile, and think it was funny, but now it's to the point where he will actually make himself throw up! I haven't had a chance to ask his doctor about it just yet but I wanted to know if anyone dealt with a similiar/or same situation!

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Angela - posted on 07/15/2009

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My youngest of 2 girls had a very strong gag reflex and would occassionally do this to get attention but most of the time it was caused by strong odors or foods she would eat. She would gag and cause herself to vomit and even occurred sometimes during the night while she was sleeping. This went on daily from 13 monts to 3 years and she was seen by a couple specialist and underwent several GI tests in pursuit of finding an answer. Our pediatrician seemed perplexed and prescirbed childrens prevacid which is used to treat reflux but never really helped. After venting my frustration with my oldest daughter's ENT, she insisted on seeing her. We discovered that she had very large adenoids and tonsils and was probably having periods of apnea during her sleep which would cause pressure in her little belly and furthermore induce vomitting. After having her tonsils and adenoids out, she has not had any further problems with this and she is now 6 1/2 and healthy.

Kids often repeat things that get our attention. But if it is something that persists and you are really concerned have it checked out by a doctor and ask a lot of questions. I was shocked to find out that my daughter's tonsils were so large, (they were touching), and apparently her adenoids were so big they were growing into her nose and the pediatrician never mentioned it. Hopefully he outgrows this or you figure out what's causing it. Good Luck!

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My daughter would make herself throw up when she did not get her way. So we made sure that we let her know that was not acceptable. AND we would make her help clean up the mess!

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Dawn M - posted on 05/01/2014

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my 21month old grandson does the same thing. out of no where. he does make himself vomit. he has nf1(neurofibromatosis) I don't think this is normal.. I wil be asking his team of doctors that we will soon see. will let you know what they say

Whitney - posted on 07/16/2009

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my girl did that too! at about the same age or a little older. it drove me crazy, but luckily she never made herself actually throw up. when she first started doing i told her not to and tried removing her finger, but of course giving her attention made her do it more. so then i would just ignore it (maybe say "no, don't do that" once when she began but that's it). sure enough, she stopped after awhile (weeks maybe, i don't remember) and never has since, thank goodness. i'm sorry your son makes himself throw up and i know it's hard but just ignore that behavior! he should stop when he finds he doesn't get attention for it and is done "exploring" that behavior. oh, along with ignoring the gagging try to divert his attention to something he likes, like clapping or coloring maybe.

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O wow! My son did it for about 6 months, and always right after I nursed him. Then I found out I was preg again, so as soon as I weaned him completely he stopped entirely. I always thought he was getting my morning sickness, or that my milk tasted differently with the other baby hormones. I didn't realize so many other babies did that, maybe it was his teeth, and I could have kept nursing.

Tracey - posted on 07/15/2009

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My daughter did the same thing right around that age. She out grew it in a couple of months and I just kept telling her not to do that and distracting her with something else. She was also a very slow teether and I think that had something to do with it. Her back teeth were coming in. She just started doing it again now that the final four are coming in and she is now 2. This time she has figured out how to get her hands in without gagging herself.

Circe - posted on 07/14/2009

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please ask your doctor, this may be something serious. I may look inocent but better save than sorry.

Aleisha - posted on 07/14/2009

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Oh my word.....my son has done this a few times too! He hasn't thrown up or anything. I can't figure it out.

Kimberly - posted on 07/14/2009

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My son, who is now almost 3 used to do this A LOT!!! He started when he was about 1 and it continued on and off for almost a year. It does go away. His doc wasn't concerned either.

User - posted on 07/14/2009

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My son does the same thing. He started when he was about 11 months. It mostly occures when he wants attention. It first started when I would lay him down for his afternoon nap. Has gotten a lot better now, though. He's about the same age as your son (14 months.) Whenever he would do it I didn't make a big fuss about it. I'd tell him no, and try and distract him from what he was doing, by showing him a toy. Hang in there it will get better.

Christine - posted on 07/14/2009

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my son went through that too, but it was a phase. He did it for attention and when he didn't get it he would put is fingers in his mouth and throw-up. I just didn't draw any attention to it, at least he thought I wasn't looking. After a few weeks he stopped. I hope this helps.

Rachel - posted on 07/14/2009

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my son used to do this too and i honestly didnt know y but than i could start to relate it to his teething. he did it from about 12 months till he was 18 months once or twice a week or even more but once his 2 yr old molers came up he didnt do it again. this is just a suggestion i hope it helps!

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Do you think he does it on purpose? if yes, try ignoring it for as long as you can (yep really hard to do). Otherwise my son was a choker and we found out he had a combination of a high palate in his mouth and mild tongue tie so stuff would get caught up there and his tongue couldn't clear it. It would dislodge and he have a little choke on it a couple of times a day. We saw a specialist but were advised to let him grow out of it and he did. Good luck - not something you want to continue for your own stress levels!

Sandhya - posted on 07/14/2009

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I know its tough my daughter did this for 3-4 months but gradually grew out of it. It seemed like if I pay attention to her it increased so I tried distracting her and did not make her feel that she gets all the attention once she does that. She had threw up 4-5 times. She would laugh if I told her to stop it. My son also started the same behavior but it stopped before it got worse like my daughter. With my son I started distracting him and would not give more eye contact when he started doing it. I would give more eye contact and praise once the behavior stopped.

Emily - posted on 07/14/2009

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Hi, I have dealt with this situation. My daugher (18 months) has been doing the same this off and on for a couple months now. She has only done it to the point of throwing up twice. I have started asking her questions that keep her mouth busy or her hands busy when she does this. Such as... What does the cow say..., How big are you (soo big with hands up in the air..) I just keep asking until she forgets that she was doing it. If that doesn't work start playing with his hands. Maybe start patty cake. The best thing you can do is use distraction to your advantage. I asked my doctor and she really didn't say much besides, get them doing something else with their hands. I am hoping eventually she grows out of it and it will no longer be an issue. Until then I will distract her. Hope this is helpful. Good luck.

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