2 year old throwing up while sleeping.

Danielle - posted on 08/29/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hello Ladies,

I am starting to grow concerned over my two year old.

Over the course of the last week he has thrown up in his bed 3 times, always in the middle of the night while he sleeps. His diet hasn't changed, has had no fevers, and no change in behavior. He sucks his fingers on occasion (a habit we are in the midst of breaking), and has recently started to have some sort of "night terrors" where he will be crying in his sleep. Whenever we are awoken by his crys we always check on him to make sure he is alright, and never have found vomit. Only in the morning when we are getting him out of bed have we discovered a vomit splattered sheet.

I am just concerned. Has anyone else had this problem?

He doesn't even wake up! I am baffled.

I figured it could be him gagging on his fingers, or maybe from the distress of crying, but has this happened to anyone else? Why wouldn't he wake up?

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This sounds somewhat similar to something I dealt with a few years ago with my now 5 year old son. He would be fine all day long with no signs of sickness, but at night he would cough and throw up repeatedly.

The doctors STILL cannot confirm what caused it, and no medicine they prescribed or actions they suggested minimized or even solved the problem.

My mother in law had remembered that when my husband was very young he had a bad reaction to juice (orange juice & grape juice only). I stopped letting my son drink these two juices and the problem stopped. He's not allergic to them and not too long after he was able to drink them again with no problems.

It never made sense and after tons of tests and medicines we can only assume that it was some sort of reflux caused by the acids in the juice. While this was not confirmed by the doctors it's the only thing that makes sense to me.

While this may not be what's wrong with your son, I hope it may help you to know that your son is not the only one who has had a problem like this.

Iridescent - posted on 08/29/2010

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Speak with his doctor, and request a sleep study and a long EEG. With a total lack of other symptoms, it could be seizures.

Maddi - posted on 08/30/2010

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Maybe its because of the crying, as he cries his mucus maybe gathering in the back of his throat and causing him to vomit it out, I found this is the problem with my daughter, so I have raised her bed slightly at one end by placing towels under her cot, and the mucus can drain rather than gathering and it has helped us.

Julie - posted on 08/29/2010

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I'm not sure what could be going on. But definitely ask a doctor. Sounds like gagging on his fingers is a good bet. Hope everything turns out ok.

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Lindsey - posted on 08/05/2011

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My 3 year old has vomited in her sleep 3 times in the last 4 months and I am really worried she might choke as she doesn't wake at all! I go up and check on her and find her covered in vomit ( quite undigested food) we have been to the doctor this week who has advised not giving her any milk at bedtime and if it happens to bring her back. She is perfectly fine in every other way and shows no sign of being ill. Has anyone found any answers to this or can give any help I'm not sleeping a wink at the moment.

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