Why is my baby gagging and not sleeping ?

Sam - posted on 04/04/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 18 months old and over the last week has recently started gagging. She will deliberately make herself vomit. Her sleep time used to be 7.30pm and she used to nap for 1 to 2 hours during the day at noon. I was able to leave her in her crib and she would put herself to sleep. She now sleeps whenever she wants, because if I leave in her room alone she puts her hand in her mouth and makes herself vomit. I can handle when your child is seeking attention and crying continuously but when she vomits I completely have no control over this. Her routine now is very irregular. And she sleeps in the evening about 10pm or after. I am trying different techniques, nightlight, soothing music but this is not working as yet. Can anyone help or give me any advice on this matter????

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Heather - posted on 04/06/2012

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Try putting her down for a nap at 11am or before noon sometime. Make sure she has a good breakfast and decent snack around 10am, and then lay her down when her tummy isn't so full of food. You can also let her vomit, then change her, clean up her bed, and tell her it's nap time. Lay her back down.



My daughter did that for a short time, when she realized that just because she threw up, that I was still going to make her take a nap or go to bed, she stopped.

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Sam - posted on 04/12/2012

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Firstly thank you to all the mums for the advice given, this surely has been appreciated. So according to the doctor, this seems more to do with her attention seeking. All else has been ruled out and it is good to know my baby is well. Now to try and get her to stop doing this. I am having to put her to sleep myself by rocking her and only then will she settle for the night.

Nancy - posted on 04/11/2012

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First of all take her to the doctor for check up and rule out throat and ear infection. Maybe she is sick. My baby kept on throwing up every time she eats and I didnt know she had an ear and throat infection.. She never cried to indicate she was in pain...

Jodie - posted on 04/11/2012

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I'm going to have to agree with Katherine on this one. Since she is just doing it at sleep time, I would lean more towards the attention grabbing. Maybe you can try staying with her for a while until she relaxes enough to fall asleep or maybe leaving her door open so she knows you are still there even though you are not in the room?

Katherine - posted on 04/07/2012

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alot of children also do this for attention, she may be relizing that hey, i'm in my crib, moms going to leave and i'm going to be alone again.

Holli - posted on 04/07/2012

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It could be a sign of something more serious as well. If she is nauseated or has abdominal pain her body may be telling her she needs to throw up. Are her bm's normal? Is her belly tender?



It is the same effect as a cat/dog eating grass to make themselves vomit. Regardless whether the cause is medical or psychological, I'd recomend getting her into her ped as frequent exposure to stomach acid can cause ulceration to her esophogus and erode her pretty baby teeth.

Michelle - posted on 04/07/2012

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Put a no-no (pediatric immobilizer) on her arm for a few days while she sleeps. Also take a look to be sure she doesn't have swollen tonsils.

Sam - posted on 04/04/2012

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She is gagging every time we put her in her crib to go to sleep. This can be during the day or in the evening. It is only when we are trying to put her to sleep that she is gagging but this is going on everyday now.

Jodie - posted on 04/04/2012

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Does she only gag herself when it is time for bed? Or is she doing that on a regular basis?

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