19 month old who vomits at night (not stomach flu maybe GERD)

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For starters of course I have taken my girl to see a doctor & we are waiting to see a pediatric gastroenterologist.

Here is my problem. My girl is 19 months old now & has always had tummy issues. For the most part I was always blown off because she is off the growth charts for height & about 70% for weight. It is only because I tailor a diet for her needs that is very high calorie that I have been able to keep weight on her, the majority of the diet is actually liquid (I have spoken to my dr about this & she approves)

For the last month (or more) at least 5 days a week she has vomited the entire contents of her stomach at night, and this causes her to wake up from sleeping. I will hear a whimper & a "mama", then the gagging & vomiting starts. It is all over in about 5 minutes, she wants to be cleaned up & she goes back to bed. She never tells me her stomach hurts or even points to her stomach. I do think it causes her some distress (I mean tossing your cookies can't feel great!). It doesn't matter what the last time was that I fed her, it happens any where from 2 to 6 hrs into when she goes to bed. There have been no recent changes in her life or diet. She is not ill otherwise & does not have a stomach flu type of thing.

Anyone else ever encounter this problem? My girl pretty much lives on Ensure drinks at this age & she doesn't care for a vast amount of food except very bland things & fruit.

So we are going to go see the special ped's dr & they want to start her on liquid pepcid type of drugs. Any other parent encounter this type of problem with their child & what did your dr say?

Thanks so much for your input :)


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Funny you mention dairy Katherine, she is very lactose intolerant. I had problems at birth with her vomiting & had to figure out the lactose thing on my own, and then my dr confirmed it after 3 1/2 months of telling me there was nothing wrong.

I just laid her down tonight, about 20 minutes after letting her have about 6oz of water & sure enough she vomited as soon as she dozed off. She likes to sleep on her belly. She often wakes up 3 or 4 times a night crying & I never know if it is due to pain or if she is scared.

They want to give her liquid pepcid & tagamet to start off with. She will be seeing the GI doctor this monday.

Do you find that the drugs helped with your child's symptoms & did it decrease the vomiting? Also she really does not want to eat at all, do you find your children were more comfortable eating once they began the drugs? We live here in the U.S.

I just hate to put her thru any invasive tests. I would like to avoid them. I am a nurse and I see these parents get all crazy putting their kids thru all kinds of invasive and sometimes painful tests only in the end to end up angry because noone can really find anything.

Katherine - posted on 08/19/2011




My girls both had acid reflux as babies, but not GERD. Ok GERD is like acid reflux. Have you given her anything for it? I don't know where you live but here we give Mylicon.
Milk is one thing I would take out of her diet, in fact all dairy. That aggravates it. Google and research what they should and should not eat too.
I found this:
Usually, the medical history as told by the parent is enough for the doctor to diagnose reflux, especially if the problem occurs regularly and causes discomfort; but occasionally, further tests are recommended. They may include:

Barium swallow or upper GI series. This is a special X-ray test that uses barium to highlight the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine. This test may identify any obstructions or narrowing in these areas.
pH probe. During the test, the patient is asked to swallow a long, thin tube with a probe at the tip that will stay in the esophagus for 24 hours. The tip is positioned, usually at the lower part of the esophagus, and measures levels of stomach acids. It also helps determine if breathing problems are the result of reflux.
Upper GI endoscopy. This is done using an endoscope (a thin, flexible, lighted tube and camera) that allows the doctor to look directly inside the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine.
Gastric emptying study. During this test, the child drinks milk or eats food mixed with a radioactive chemical. This chemical is followed through the gastrointestinal tract using a special camera. Some patients with GERD have a slow emptying of the stomach that may be contributing to the reflux of acid.

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