HELP, my 1 yr old son gags himself till he vomits...

Bardgettbrandy - posted on 05/07/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have a 1 yr old son (he is my 3rd child, I have a 17 yo son,3 yo daughter) who has been gagging himsef for about 4 months and doing it at times to the point of vomiting. I have tried ignoring it but thats when he continues to the point of vomiting. I cant see a pattern to the behavior, nothing is standing out like for example last night he just stopped in the middle of playing with his sister and did it and vomited all over my carpet. We had just finished eating 15 minutes prior so you can imagine the mess. It brought me to tears from the frustration. I live in an apartment, no washer/dryer in my home, I have to go downstairs to the on site laundry facilities. Its just a phase is seeming to fade because its going on 4+ months of this. I've tried many different approaches, ignoring, scolding, just pulling his hand out of his mouth & telling him no firmly, even spanking his hand (I dont spank my kids & never have) so this was a last resort & all it accomplished was made my 3yo think she could hit her brothers hand when he did it. Please help, ive been to the point of tears several times now & am at a loss for what I should do. If anyone has been through this or something similar what was your experience? How long did it last? Should I take him to a Dr?

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Liz - posted on 05/07/2014

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My son did that for the longest time. About 6 months before he got bored with it. He would get a huge laugh out of one of my "frienemies" I would pop his hand, keep yankin it outta his mouth, anything to keep him from gag/vomiting, which usually was hard enough because he has a Very sensitive gag reflex. (I can barely brush his teeth.) Well, I started letting him sit for a few mins if he did vomit all over himself, which he didn't care for, and eventually stopped doing it. Don't know if it'll work with your LO since every kid is different. Hope that helped! :)

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