Toddler throwing up when crying?

Ekaterina - posted on 04/01/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old toddler started throwing up after almost every crying spell. In the car, after dinner, at bedtime, and anytime she is does not have things her way. At 1st I thought she was overeating, but that's not the case anymore... Has anyone else ever experienced this?

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Minnie - posted on 04/02/2010

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How far into these crying spells are you allowing her to get? Extremely worked up with no comforting, distraction, or redirection?

Try not letting her get to the point where she is so incredibly worked up that she begins gagging and vomiting.

Heather - posted on 04/02/2010

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my son used to do this it was hard i found him sticking his hads in his mouth when he was crying i think the first time was accidently but when you are tring to let your child cry it out they get sick from thier hands going to far back and hitting the gag reflex unfortunitly it took me quite awhile to catch on i thought he was sick so i got him up comforted him cleaned him up. then he learned that all he had to do was make himself sick. there is not much you can do but keep them from sticking their hands or other things to make the gag. if you find this is the case i cleaned him up quickly and put him back to bed. hope this helps

Louise - posted on 04/02/2010

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This s just an attention thing you have two options you either totally ignore him when he does this and don't give him eye contact or talk to him, or you have to go with the distraction method. If yo do not react it is not worth him doing it and over time it will stop. My 17 month old tried this a few times and I just ignored her she has now stopped as she knows it gets nowhere with me. Tough love

Samantha - posted on 04/02/2010

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My mother says that I did it as a baby and toddler and so did my daughter. It sounds harsh, but as she got older we ended up taking her face to face and screaming STOP! as loud as we could. It startled her at first, but it definitely got her attention. She is 4 now and sometimes gags and it is just a matter of redirecting her attention. Now we talk her through a tantrum when she occasionally has them. Remind them that vomitting will not help them get what they want and need to ask before blowing things out of proportion.
My mom said she left me in my vomit in my crib a couple of times and I stopped.

Jo - posted on 04/01/2010

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We definitely make her clean up her mess. I said blow in her face to get her to not throw up, it should startle her and make her stop. I think it is important as well to teach her the correct way to get something she wants and the correct way to respond when you say no. My daughter is 3 now and since she can communicate better, it has gotten much better. It was probably the worst between 1 and 2.

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Christa - posted on 09/04/2012

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my 2yr old is also throwing up everytime when we get home. He wants me to pick him up and hold him. If i don't he will not stop crying.



What can i do. A good hiding will it help?

Samantha - posted on 04/02/2010

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It didn't usually take her too long to get worked up. She knew how to work her gag reflex to her advantage. Once we figured out that she needed to be snapped out of it and brought back to reality, we got her vomitting tantrums under control.

Samantha - posted on 04/02/2010

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My mother says that I did it as a baby and toddler and so did my daughter. It sounds harsh, but as she got older we ended up taking her face to face and screaming STOP! as loud as we could. It startled her at first, but it definitely got her attention. She is 4 now and sometimes gags and it is just a matter of redirecting her attention. Now we talk her through a tantrum when she occasionally has them. Remind them that vomitting will not help them get what they want and need to ask before blowing things out of proportion.
My mom said she left me in my vomit in my crib a couple of times and I stopped.

Angela - posted on 04/01/2010

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My nephew does this, too. Usually it's at dinner time when he doesn't want to have what his parents are having for dinner. They make him clean it up. Then he says "can I have chicken nuggets NOW" they say no, and he does it again.

Kyle - posted on 04/01/2010

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My nephew does this as well and he is two. He tried to do it to me the other day and every time he would stick his tongue out to try to gag himself I would keep tapping his tongue until he would stop and put his tongue back in his mouth. he did not throw up.

Iridescent - posted on 04/01/2010

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One of mine does this as well, and unfortunately when she does it means we're required to give her Zofran and start a sick protocol as she's got major health issues. Most kids, it's a phase. The more attention you give for it, the more they'll do it. It was suggested that even though my daughter is 2, that next time she does this to make her help clean up the mess. Not a bad idea.

Jo - posted on 04/01/2010

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My daughter does this. She started doing it by putting her fingers down her throat when she wouldn't get her way, now she can do it without putting her fingers down her throat. Try blowing in her face to get her to stop and then discipline her when she does it. I know how frustrating it can be. So sorry.

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