My 7yr old is now afraid of storms, rain, clouds and this fear leads to vomiting - mostly at night

Casey - posted on 09/03/2012 ( no moms have responded yet )

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Help! For about a year now my 7 yr old has had on/off spells with vomiting. At first I thought it was lactose intolerance. Then reflux. Now it seems to be triggered by anxiety. He has become terrified of rain, storms, dark clouds, even the sky darkening at the end of the day. I believe this all began after a very loud, long and bad storm we had here in the spring. I think that is where the fear comes from. However, the vomiting was occurring long before that storm. For the most part, it will happen when he is going to bed. Sometimes he will be in bed asleep and will wake up to vomit. A few times it has also happened in the car. I've tried limited foods, keeping him hydrated, earlier bedtimes, different routines, discussing fears and anxiety, breathing techniques, etc. He usually yawns uncontrollably and gets pale with dark circles under his eyes before it happens.



Has anyone else experienced this or know what I am dealing with here? I feel like I am going crazy trying to find a solution or at least a cause.



Please help!

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