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8 year old vomiting for 3 months

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  • Posted By: concerned aunt
  • January 10, 2008
  • 09:30 PM

My nephew has been vomiting for 3 months now. The doctors area at a loss. He has been hospitalized and nothing could be found. he does not have stomach pain, but he does get headaches and he has fainted several times. I need help my sister is hanging by a thread. :(

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  • Is he vomiting all day long or just at a certain time of day or night? How does he act right after he vomits?
    dorinda07 4 Replies
    • January 24, 2008
    • 05:49 PM
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  • He vomits approx. 1 hour after he eats. He will even vomit while he sleeps. A food allergy has been performed but the test came back negative.:( He hates to vomit. He has gotten up to the point when he is swallowing it so people would not notice, but it comes back with a vengence.
    concerned aunt 2 Replies
    • January 25, 2008
    • 06:03 PM
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  • Dear Concerned Aunt, You say your nephew has been in the hospital. What kind of tests did they run. Did they do a CT scan to see if any tumors are present?If they have and he is clean he might not have gut health. Some people are born with inadequate probiotics which are the friendly bacteria in the gut, he could also be deficient in enzymes. This is not uncommon. Many people with digestion problems go from one gastroenterologist to gastro doctor without an answer. I would definately want to rule out any tumors first.Keeping The Promise,Linda KimballBrad's Ma and Champion http://www.bradkimball.com
    bradacura 13 Replies
    • January 29, 2008
    • 03:15 AM
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  • You didn't mention if your nephew is ever drowsy or confused after he has a vomiting episode. The reason I'm asking is because I saw a show on television in which a child was vomiting every night during sleep (only at night though) and didn't even remember the episodes. It turned out that epilepsy was causing her to vomit. Since she only vomited at night they ended up doing a sleep study on her and an EEG to monitor her brain during the vomiting episodes. It supposedly is pretty rare for epilepsy to manifest itself this way, but I thought I'd throw it out there since I had heard about it recently. Also, there is a website called www.rarediseases.org which may be of help if this is something that no one can figure out. Dana
    dorinda07 4 Replies
    • January 29, 2008
    • 01:18 PM
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  • I have an 8 year old son in a somewhat similar situation. For the past year he would get headaches only between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm which would almost always culminate in vomiting. It started with once every couple months and is now weekly. He had blood work done and everything is normal. We just had more bloodwork this past week to test allergies. Our doctor does not think it is a tumor since he only gets them at a certain time and after a good night's sleep is perfectly fine in the morning. He has never awaken with one in the middle of the night. I thought he was getting run down during the day and that was the cause. Maybe his blood sugar is at a low point at that time of day (right before dinner) and that is causing the headaches and nausea. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions I would love to hear them.Thank You.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2008
    • 04:16 PM
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  • My nephew just had a empty test done and everything came back normal:confused:.He is going to have a different procedure next week. He is going to swallow a pill that has a camera. I will let you know what the results will be.
    concerned aunt 2 Replies
    • February 8, 2008
    • 04:52 PM
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  • My 7 yr old daughter has been vomiting since she was able to feed, at first they though she was allergic to my breast milk it came back negative but she was still vomiting it upand then they switched her over to regular formula, same thing, then prosobee, and same thing!!!she would forcefully vomit and no one knew what was wrong, many of tests have been ran, blood, ct scans, numerous endoscopys, nuclear gastric test and gastric emptying test and nothing showed up and we are sooooo sooo frustrated she keeps losing weight My daughter was just hospitalized with severe dehydration and white cell of more than 19,000 and they still couldnt figure out what is wrong!!!!!! everytime it comes back it comes back with a vengance and it worse everytime she vomits up this super this mucous and gags alot she throws up at any point in time it not at certain times, you never know when its gunna come or when its gunna go or how bad its going to be she is under weight because she cant keep food down WHAT do i do?!?!! im sooo worried plz help me
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 13, 2008
    • 04:41 AM
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  • My granddaughter was vomiting in her sleep when she was 5 and 6. The doctor diagnosed reflux and put her on medication and didn't allow her to eat a few hours before bed, and this has cleared itself up. She is almost 8 now with no problems. Hope this is helpful!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2008
    • 05:12 PM
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  • Jasmom I would take your daughter to see a geneticist. What comes to my mind is possibly something to do with an inability to break down protein. Also, I should point out celiac, an allergy to gluten, though I believe this is now well enough known to be a standard test. Did they run tests at the hospital to try to determine what would cause such a high wbc?
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies
    • October 23, 2008
    • 11:25 PM
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  • He vomits approx. 1 hour after he eats. He will even vomit while he sleeps. A food allergy has been performed but the test came back negative.:( He hates to vomit. He has gotten up to the point when he is swallowing it so people would not notice, but it comes back with a vengence.My son is 7yrs old. We spent 5 yrs and dozens of tests and hospital visits to get to the solution. He had food allergy tests on several occasions and they all came back negative. He vomited every day. The answer...dairy allergy. Once we took him off milk and all dairy it stopped. No dr told me this was the problem. I found it myself. Once I found it I found a good allergist who confirmed that this indeed was his problem. Not all those tests are accurate. Try the milk thing. It took us a while.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 16, 2008
    • 02:15 AM
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  • My 7 yr old daughter has been vomiting since she was able to feed, at first they though she was allergic to my breast milk it came back negative but she was still vomiting it upand then they switched her over to regular formula, same thing, then prosobee, and same thing!!!she would forcefully vomit and no one knew what was wrong, many of tests have been ran, blood, ct scans, numerous endoscopys, nuclear gastric test and gastric emptying test and nothing showed up and we are sooooo sooo frustrated she keeps losing weight My daughter was just hospitalized with severe dehydration and white cell of more than 19,000 and they still couldnt figure out what is wrong!!!!!! everytime it comes back it comes back with a vengance and it worse everytime she vomits up this super this mucous and gags alot she throws up at any point in time it not at certain times, you never know when its gunna come or when its gunna go or how bad its going to be she is under weight because she cant keep food down WHAT do i do?!?!! im sooo worried plz help me Look into epilopsy. I saw it on mystery diagnosis (a tv show). The girl on it was vomiting every night and for months on end doctors had no idea what was causing it. She was diagnosed with epilopsy. Hope that helps.
    sharbearhigg 2 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 05:58 AM
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  • My son is 7yrs old. We spent 5 yrs and dozens of tests and hospital visits to get to the solution. He had food allergy tests on several occasions and they all came back negative. He vomited every day. The answer...dairy allergy. Once we took him off milk and all dairy it stopped. No dr told me this was the problem. I found it myself. Once I found it I found a good allergist who confirmed that this indeed was his problem. Not all those tests are accurate. Try the milk thing. It took us a while. You are so right. Allergy testing is not accurate. I would look at dietary changes and see if anything improves. To the original poster: have they done the scope yet and what did they find? DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 03:34 PM
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  • My child had the same symptoms and was just evaluated for Benign Rolandic Epilepsy. The fainting, headaches and vomiting would be typical of this disorder. I would advise you to contact a pediatric neurologist for evaluation. The disorder has a good outcome, but the word epilepsy is frightening, I know. Still, it is better than just not knowing what is wrong.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 19, 2009
    • 10:03 AM
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  • Hi I just found this site, don't know if I will find it again. I had 2 vomiters.My son, I will call B. B was about 7 when he started waking up every night and vomiting. I took him to the pediatrician who said it was probably an emotional problem. I said, he has flem, lots of stuffiness. The pediatrician said to take him to a Pulmonary doctor. I couldn't get in for 6mos. so I thought I will get him in to an allergist in the meantime. He was tested and it turned out he was allergic to just about every plant and tree in our yard. The doctor ordered a catscan. The little tubes way up in his nose were blocked. He had my son flush out his nose three times a day with a similar thing to the netti-pot, and two separate courses of predisone to help open up the tubes. Well the vomiting stopped shortly after we started flushing out his nose. He was a different boy, running and playing more. It was amazing. He now is under the care of the Pulmiary doctors and takes allergy medication and uses prescription sprays during the heat of the season. He is so much better. Again, I trusted my gut. I thought it was allergies. My daughter, I will call K-Screamed her first year of life slept 2 hours a day and 10 -15 naps the rest of the day, and screamed constantly, stroller, car, everything. I nursed her until she was 13mos. old. I just held her, that's all I could do.No one believed the magnitude of the problem, and being my first child I just thought she was just a difficult baby. As time passed, I saw blood in her stool, on occassion. We had gastro tests done when she was 4, horrible. They said nothing was wrong. She later started vomiting in school at lunch everyday, on trips, in restaurants, constant horrible vomiting. We took her to a psychologist. They thought it was nerves and said she hard time with transitions. She seemed totally fine friends, grades etc., just sick. I finally thought it could be dairy. I took her off of milk, myself, as other mom said. That helped tremendously. Vomiting stopped. Then at age 10 she developed a very strange persistent cough. Her pediatrician was stumped. I took her to an allergist. He told me to take her off of all dairy, everything for three months, and then to come back. (I had only taken her off milk)The cough was gone. It does start to come back if she cheats and eats something with dairy. He said she is allergic to the protein in milk. I said, Could she have been allergic to my breast milk? Yes was the answer. What did I drink when I was nursing? Milk My daughter has bad asthma now, but she no longer vomits or has gastro problems. I feel bad that I didn't know until she was 10. She is doing great now. She was thin, but was growing fine throughout this. She is 15 now. So I had two vomitors. They had different reasons and different allergies, but thank good ness it was not some disease and they are able to participate in sports and enjoy life with their allergy meds. I hate to give meds. I don't over medicate but when you see the difference in your childs health, it is necessary.I hope you get to the bottom of your child's problem. Trust your gut, and don't think you are crazy. You know your child better than anyone. One doctor asked me if my daughter at a grape or a tomato, when I said I saw blood. I said I wouldn't put her through these tests if I thought it was a piece of tomato. God Bless all of you parents and your wonderful children-Hope this helped someone.
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  • Has she been tested for cystic fibrosis?My 7 yr old daughter has been vomiting since she was able to feed, at first they though she was allergic to my breast milk it came back negative but she was still vomiting it upplz help me
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 20, 2009
    • 02:05 AM
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  • With celiac disease there would be diarrhea as well as with most food allergies. I have not heard any c/o diarrhea associated with the vomiting.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 18, 2010
    • 03:15 PM
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  • He vomits approx. 1 hour after he eats. He will even vomit while he sleeps. A food allergy has been performed but the test came back negative.:( He hates to vomit. He has gotten up to the point when he is swallowing it so people would not notice, but it comes back with a vengence.Am watching TV show "Mystery Diagnosis on OWN - Oprah Winfrey Network) now of young girl with same problem - took her to Neurologist Dr. Aviva Bojko at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the admitted girl into hospital for EEG while she was sleeping and the brain waves revealed seizures caused by epilepsy - brain signals go haywire causing strange behavior, etc. 1.5 million Americans suffer from some form of epilepsy.Would get professional opinion asap as it could be this or something else..
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 31, 2011
    • 11:07 PM
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  • Anyone with a child that vomits on a "scheduled'' basis i.e every night at the same time or if they are well 4to6 weeks as I was and then down with the vomitting for a week or 2 only to go back and be well 4 to 6 more weeks.. They called this Cylic Vomitting Syndrome, it is common in young children. I was 19 when diagnosed. Unfortunatlety mine has progressed to Idiopathic Gastroparesis (my stomach just quit digesting for some unfound reason). Now at 31 and 12yrs into this nightmare, Everyday is a struggle for me and I have to fight to not want to give up, as it is very exhausting being sick all the time.My best words of advice to anyone going through any health problems that always have tests coming back 'normal'....NEVER GIVE UP!!! YOU KNOW YOUR BODY OR YOUR CHILDS BODY, IF YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG PURSUE IT TIL YOU GET AN ANSWER> WE ARE THE ONE'S WHO HAVE TO LIVE THIS LIFE. BE HEARD AND REFUSE THE EXCUSE EVERYTHINGS NORMAL, JUST BECAUSE THEY CANT FIND IT DOESNT MEAN THERES NOTHING WRONGI have an 8 year old son in a somewhat similar situation. For the past year he would get headaches only between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm which would almost always culminate in vomiting. It started with once every couple months and is now weekly. He had blood work done and everything is normal. We just had more bloodwork this past week to test allergies. Our doctor does not think it is a tumor since he only gets them at a certain time and after a good night's sleep is perfectly fine in the morning. He has never awaken with one in the middle of the night. I thought he was getting run down during the day and that was the cause. Maybe his blood sugar is at a low point at that time of day (right before dinner) and that is causing the headaches and nausea. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions I would love to hear them.Thank You.
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