Junko - posted on 05/03/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )
I'm hoping I can find some advice/support for what we're going through. My 6.5 yr-old is a nervous type, and has always had a strong gag reflex (around mealtimes, car sickness, air sickness). He dislikes eating most things (except sweets and chocolate), and still eats a lot of "smooth" foods (fruit puree, hearty pureed soups, tons of milk). Absolutely hates chewing and gave up on chicken and fish because one bite would sometimes stay in his mouth for 45 minutes. Basically, if he can't gulp it, we're looking at mealtimes that last over an hour (even soft white rice takes him forever to swallow). Though it seems that there might be some physiological issue, with chewing and swallowing, the evidence is contrary because he can chew and swallow a rock hard piece of chocolate in seconds. His weight and height are on point, healthy happy kid, loves school, performs well, has friends etc.
I've never worried about the occasional throw-up, but in the last couple of months its increased to 1-3 times a week, and now 5 times last week! Its always on school days, ONLY around breakfast (before or after), and totally fine the rest of the day. Doesn't throw up on weekends (except this last weekend) and never on vacation.
The only explanation I can find is the stress of eating breakfast and getting ready for school. The stress gets to me as well and I do end up shouting and rushing the kids (my only justification is that we wake up at 5:45 and still don't manage to get out till 7:40, so I usually lose it around 7:20). I've noticed that he is fine when he wakes up, until I mention the word "breakfast" at which point he doubles up with pain and usually vomits a few minutes later.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated!