6yr old Throwing Up??

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Registered: 07-23-2007
6yr old Throwing Up??
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Wed, 07-25-2007 - 12:16pm

Hi all...new to the board.

Does anyone know what could be going on?? My step-daughter will throw up before she even eats. Almost like the thought of eating makes her sick. She hadn't done it in a while and it started again. It's mostly when she comes back from her moms. But this last time she acted funny any time it was time to eat. But if you give her snacks she has no problem. I also wonder is it because we sit down to eat and she's not wondering all over the place.

Anyone with this experience that could help would be great.

Thanks!

 

 

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Registered: 06-01-1999
Fri, 07-27-2007 - 2:10pm

Hmm, Well, my son often throws up at meal time. He has oral motor aversion. His gag reflex is way out in front of his mouth instead of way in the back like most people. New and particular textures and tastes make him gag and vomit. We spent years treating it as a behavioral issue and it only resulted with the dinner table becoming a war zone and DS refusing all food. It wasn't until age 5 that we finally took him to the doctor and found out it's out of his control. He did 6 months of occupational therapy which included dealing with multiple sensory issues and basically re-training us as parents in how to handle it positively. I actually sobbed the first time he ate a baby carrot. DS still has a rather limited palate but there is no fighting. He tries very hard to eat our food. If he starts gagging, we try to redirect his attention someplace else. If he does vomit on the table, he just calmly goes and cleans it up... we don't say a word.

My advice? Discuss this with her doctor! If it's a physical issue, they can help you find ways to overcome them. If it's an emotional issue, they can direct you to help ASAP. Stay positive. For the time being, let her prepare her own dinner and try to bring down the anxiety level at the table. Punishing a kid who can't control their reactions only makes the problems worse!

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Fri, 07-27-2007 - 2:37pm
hello!! maybe its somehow stress related?? when i as in 1st grade, i didnt want to go to school-had some major seperation anxiety issues-and would throw up anything i would eat before school-it got so i wouldnt eat breakfast and i wouldnt eat lunch...then at dinner i would only pick at my food. it went on for about 2 months-eventually my mom and the teacher worked it out-but it was pretty bad for those 2 months. have you asked her whats wrong? have you asked the mom whats going on-not in an argumentative way-just to see if she has the same problem over there or if theres something that maybe happened at a meal time that affecting her...maybe a family therapist could help shed more light on it??? take care!
joanne
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Registered: 07-23-2007
Fri, 07-27-2007 - 3:53pm

Hi there - She had a doctor's appointment this week and the doctor said it was probably gas. I don't think so. She will throw up if she doesn't like something, instead of saying she doesn't like it she continues to eat it. I thought maybe if she spent some time with her dad he could see more of what's going on. Well they did last night and I asked him what she ate for supper and he said nothing...she said she wasn't hungry. But he also said that he's not going to just not let her eat. I would hate to think she would have eating disorder at this age. I hope it's just a phase. She hadn't done it for a while and it started up again. She vomits most of the time before she puts anything in her mouth. I had asked her why and she said it feels like she was punched in the stomach. It's something coming from a 6yr old.

Thanks for your help! I come it gets better!
J

 

 

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Registered: 07-23-2007
Fri, 07-27-2007 - 3:57pm

I wonder if it is stress related. She acts funny sometimes. I think she has a hard time sitting down to a meal. She would snack all day if you let her. I give her blueberry snack bars because I know she'll eat them and not get sick. I know that at our house it more structured and she can eat in her bedroom or where ever at her moms. Her mom has said that her belly hurts and not eat. So it's the case of ignoring it or trying to figure out what's going on. It seems I'm the only one concerned or realizing something's wrong. I have an older son and he has seen it happen and said it's not right to vomit like that. If he notices it then there's an issue.

Thanks!
J