Jump to content

Cyclic vomiting


  • Please log in to reply
18 replies to this topic

#1 Looking for answer

Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:57 PM

Just wondering if there's any others out there that have had a similar experience as this...My 2.5 yr old wakes up vomiting once every 30-40 days. There's no signs or symptoms to let us know its going to happen. He will just wake up one day and start vomiting, nothing but bile. He will vomit every 10-15 min for about 5 hrs. He will then sleep for a couple hours and wakes completely normal, eating, running,playing and talking non stop. Has been happening on average every month now for just over a year. It's starts and finishes the same way every time and no-one else in the family has ever been sick around the same time. We've been to a specialist and had tests for food allergies, X-rays and scans on his tummy but they have no idea what might be causing it. Would just be interested to know if anyone else has had a similar experience and if they found out what was causing it???

#2 Turtles Mum

Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:03 PM

My 12yr old daughter has this - can be completely happy and normal and the next minute pale and vomitting with no signs or symptoms. Our GP prescribed Zofran which has been so far working.

It is incredibly frustrating, and so draining on the kids sad.gif we have vomit bags on hand at ALL times car, house, school bag, etc etc

Good luck - I feel your pain! sad.gif



#3 Looking for answer

Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:06 PM

QUOTE (Turtles Mum  @ 24/12/2012, 03:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My 12yr old daughter has this - can be completely happy and normal and the next minute pale and vomitting with no signs or symptoms. Our GP prescribed Zofran which has been so far working.

It is incredibly frustrating, and so draining on the kids sad.gif we have vomit bags on hand at ALL times car, house, school bag, etc etc

Good luck - I feel your pain! sad.gif

Oh that sucks for you and her! Does it happen randomly? My son only does it once a month type thing and for about 5hrs that day. Because it happens first thing when he wakes in the morning we haven't been caught out, too many times. Just do a quick cancellation of the days plans.
What does the zofran do?




#4 mellymoos

Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

maybe parasites in the gut? laying dormant then getting active for a period. can you get a blood/feces test for parasites?
ETA: i met a lady whose son gets severe stomach cramps once a month or so with vomiting which lasts a few hours to a day, there's some sort of parasite been found which she believes is the cause, and she can't find anything which kills the parasite, but is looking into medical and alternative ways to deal with it.
OR it could be something completely different?!?

Edited by mellymoos, 24 December 2012 - 03:13 PM.


#5 lizzzard

Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:10 PM

I wonder if this might be a type of migraine...

#6 Turtles Mum

Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:16 PM

QUOTE
I wonder if this might be a type of migraine...


That was what we originally thought, but was later diagnosed with cyclic vomitting syndrome

QUOTE
maybe parasites in the gut? laying dormant then getting active for a period. can you get a blood/feces test for parasites?


We have had every test under the sun, no parasites etc


QUOTE
Oh that sucks for you and her! Does it happen randomly? My son only does it once a month type thing and for about 5hrs that day. Because it happens first thing when he wakes in the morning we haven't been caught out, too many times. Just do a quick cancellation of the days plans.
What does the zofran do?


As she is getting older it is less frequent, but still enough to be annoying for her. She was on avg about 2-3 times a month, but now it is approx 1 per month. Hers could be any time of the day or night without warning

Zofran is a wafer that dissolves under her tongue which is used for nausea - the minute she is looking pasty and we know whats coming we give her one.

Hope that helps original.gif

#7 Looking for answer

Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:20 PM

QUOTE (mellymoos @ 24/12/2012, 03:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
maybe parasites in the gut? laying dormant then getting active for a period. can you get a blood/feces test for parasites?
ETA: i met a lady whose son gets severe stomach cramps once a month or so with vomiting which lasts a few hours to a day, there's some sort of parasite been found which she believes is the cause, and she can't find anything which kills the parasite, but is looking into medical and alternative ways to deal with it.
OR it could be something completely different?!?


I will ask our specialist next visit if she can test for parasites. We've had a huge number of blood tests for almost everything they can think of so could have already been done. Thanks for that tho, will def. be asking!

#8 Looking for answer

Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:22 PM

QUOTE (lizzzard @ 24/12/2012, 03:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wonder if this might be a type of migraine...



I've convinced myself its cyclic vomiting syndrome, which according to google is linked (but not proven) to migraines when older.


#9 twinmumplus1

Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:32 PM

My son has just been diagnosed with CVS and abdominal migranes.  Give me a yell if you want any more info - its been quite a ride.

#10 WYSIWYG

Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:35 PM

I used to get it as a child, but I also had horrible stomach pain too and it was diagnosed as an abdominal migrane.

Hope you get some answers OP. I know my mother tried for years to find out what was wrong with me, she even started thinking I was making it up!

#11 ~ky~

Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:33 AM

QUOTE (lizzzard @ 24/12/2012, 03:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wonder if this might be a type of migraine...



QUOTE (Turtles Mum  @ 24/12/2012, 03:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That was what we originally thought, but was later diagnosed with cyclic vomitting syndrome



I thought CVS was often a type of migraine?


Quoted from eMedicineHealth ...

QUOTE
Migraine-associated cyclic vomiting syndrome (periodic syndrome): This syndrome is characterized by recurrent periods of intense vomiting separated by symptom-free intervals. Many people with cyclic vomiting have regular or cyclic patterns of illness. Symptoms usually come on quickly at night or in the early morning and last 6-48 hours. Associated symptoms include abdominal pain (80%), nausea (72%), retching (76%), anorexia (74%), paleness (87%), lethargy (91%), photophobia (32%), phonophobia (28%), and headache (40%).

â—¦Headache often does not appear until the child is older. Migraine-associated cyclic vomiting syndrome usually begins when the person is a toddler and disappears in adolescence or early adulthood. (It rarely begins in adulthood.) This syndrome affects more females than males.

Edited by ~ky~, 25 December 2012 - 01:34 AM.


#12 cameo

Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:44 AM

DS has cyclic vomitting syndrome too diagnosed by the hospital and paed.  He has had it for several years, we used to think he got tired and would vomit as that's what DH did but his episodes have gotten more severe.

At first they used to last half a day but the last (unmedicated one) lasted 3 days at Christmas.  He spent the day being sick and we kept on thinking he would stop as normal but he didn't  Still feel massive guilt at that, my poor boy....

He now has Zofran and when he had an episode last time we stopped the vomitting after a few hours with the Zofran.

CVS and migraines are connected and CVS can turn into migraines at a later stage, that's what we were told.



#13 Waratah

Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:52 AM

I have spent the first 6 months of this year with my DD who was then 12 in hospital due to cyclic vomiting.  My DD has always been a kid that vomits ever since she was a little one.  Which now with the diagnosis of CVS and Adominal Migraine she finally got after six months of suffering with hospital stays for up to a month at a time almost makes me think she has had it since she was very little.  My DD was also diganosed with SMA Syndrome as she very thin.  My DD would vomit for weeks at a time.   She is now taking Periactin once a day to stop the adominal migraine and touch wood we have only had to visit the hospital once since June and that ended up being a stomach virus.

After all the reading I have done one thing that I read was watch the cycle of vomiting.  See if it comes at the same time each month.  

I feel for you it is horrible watching your kids just vomit and vomit.

#14 Looking for answer

Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:31 PM

QUOTE (Waratah @ 25/12/2012, 06:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have spent the first 6 months of this year with my DD who was then 12 in hospital due to cyclic vomiting.  My DD has always been a kid that vomits ever since she was a little one.  Which now with the diagnosis of CVS and Adominal Migraine she finally got after six months of suffering with hospital stays for up to a month at a time almost makes me think she has had it since she was very little.  My DD was also diganosed with SMA Syndrome as she very thin.  My DD would vomit for weeks at a time.   She is now taking Periactin once a day to stop the adominal migraine and touch wood we have only had to visit the hospital once since June and that ended up being a stomach virus.

After all the reading I have done one thing that I read was watch the cycle of vomiting.  See if it comes at the same time each month.  

I feel for you it is horrible watching your kids just vomit and vomit.


Oh that sounds horrible, I'm grateful we haven't had to go to the hospital yet! We have been keeping track of when it happens and it is on average once a month but then he goes and does an 80 day stint and then jumps back to 30days for another 6 myths.  Hopefully as he gets older he might be able to tell us more and let us know if he can feel it coming on.



#15 Looking for answer

Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:33 PM

QUOTE (cameo @ 25/12/2012, 06:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DS has cyclic vomitting syndrome too diagnosed by the hospital and paed.  He has had it for several years, we used to think he got tired and would vomit as that's what DH did but his episodes have gotten more severe.

At first they used to last half a day but the last (unmedicated one) lasted 3 days at Christmas.  He spent the day being sick and we kept on thinking he would stop as normal but he didn't  Still feel massive guilt at that, my poor boy....

He now has Zofran and when he had an episode last time we stopped the vomitting after a few hours with the Zofran.

CVS and migraines are connected and CVS can turn into migraines at a later stage, that's what we were told.


Cn I ask how long it took you to get a diagnoses? I'm really convinced this is what my son has. I hate the thought of putting him trough more blood tests and scans etc, if they can't really do anything for him. Bt at the same time I'd like a diagnoses so others don't think I'm just making it up.

#16 Looking for answer

Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:37 PM

QUOTE (twinmumplus1 @ 24/12/2012, 03:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My son has just been diagnosed with CVS and abdominal migranes.  Give me a yell if you want any more info - its been quite a ride.



Can I ask what your son would do? Was he pretty on the spot when he vomited? He long did it take for them to give you a diagnoses? And was all the tests etc worth it? I'm pretty convinced this is what my son has, and I hate the thought of them giving a million more tests if they can't really do anything to stop the episodes. D you think it's worth it? Does it actually get worse as they get older??
Sorry for all the questions, as much as it sucks for you and your son, it's nice to know we aren't the only family going through it.

#17 Waratah

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:10 AM

From what I know there is not a test to determine CVS same with abdominal migraine. I think it is more a watch and see thing determining if it is coming regularly.

#18 Mpjp is feral

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:29 AM

My dd does the same. I'd suggest you see a gastro paed. Our did a endoscope and was able to easily see that she had a weakness of the valves between stomach and oesophagus and also the stomach and intestines. She has a hiatus hernia, and slow gastric motility.

Basically all this means that she has bile in her stomach which is highly irritating, causing her to vomit. It also means she has reflux, which also causes her vomiting. She is on gut motility drugs, and losec. We elevate her bed, put her on a low fat diet and....no more vomiting, much less tummy pain.

It's really worth ruling things out by having a look inside rather than relying on gp,s mucking around w blood tests. Our gp thought he could handle it and delayed our simple diagnosis for a year.

#19 cameo

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:07 AM

Looking for answers, we went to a paed (one I didn't really like but anyway) and he said that DS had CVS.  We went to the paed because of his vomitting and also to check about his height (he is on the small side)

He told us to get tests - blood tests, stool tests etc but I never went back to him.  DS's CVS if he has it, is very mild and only really vomits twice a year or so.  The last episode was extremely severe but we can now monitor it with Zofran.

When we went to hospital to get him drugs to stop him vomitting, the ER dr agreed with the diagnosis of CVS.

Now, I always have Zofran around but he has it so infrequently.

It would be good to have a permanent diagnosis, at least to stop the comments of "oh he is just tired" from MIL but I don't want to put him through that when it is so mild.

He did get worse as he got older, but not in frequency, just in duration.

Good luck...




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.