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#1 ~*Lou*~

Posted 12 May 2019 - 09:16 PM

Anyone got experience with anxiety-vomiting in children?

DD has done it (I realise in hindsight) about half a dozen times, and as I type I think it will happen again in the next few hours. She complains of tummy ache at bedtime, can articulate what she is worrying about, will fall asleep after reassuring chat with either parent then wakes an hour or two later and rushes to the bathroom to be sick.

We are seeing a child psychologist mostly around how much she worries about sleeping badly away from home (grandparents, holidays, camp), which is exactly what she is worrying about tonight - there is a scout camp next weekend she’s supposed to go on. We can pull her out if that’s in her best interests but then it would be anxiety stopping her doing something she has said she wants to do.

Anyone ideas? Suggestions around the nausea? Any experiences with this?


#2 literally nobody

Posted 12 May 2019 - 09:26 PM

Sorry to hear about her troubles. Is it possible for her to do the days at camp but you pick her up and bring her home overnight? My 10 y/o dd has a similar thing too but now that she’s older Im more swaying towards her deciding if she wants to go or not.

or can you get her a mobile phone with prepaid on it and she goes to camp and you do facetime before bed?

#3 RynandStompy

Posted 12 May 2019 - 09:37 PM

Mine is 8 and does the same. She was meant to go to school camp in a weeks time but had a friend staying over as a sleepover trial, and started vomits from midnight til 4. It was either anxiety or some lolly she ate that only disagreed with her.
But now they're intertwined worse in her mind. We've had other instances over the years of anxiety and sleeping, but vomiting is new.

I have no ideas sorry.

#4 Yippee-Ki-Yay

Posted 12 May 2019 - 09:38 PM

One of my children anxiety vomits daily. When his anxiety is really he will vomit several times and lose his appetite and lose weight. Once he goes back on his anti anxiety medication he bounces right back. I think when anxiety is bad enough to be causing that kind of physical issue then meds are the way to go (under supervision of a paed of course).

#5 CallMeFeral

Posted 12 May 2019 - 10:22 PM

View Post~*Lou*~, on 12 May 2019 - 09:16 PM, said:

there is a scout camp next weekend she’s supposed to go on. We can pull her out if that’s in her best interests but then it would be anxiety stopping her doing something she has said she wants to do.

If she wants to go I wouldn't pull her out.

#6 ~*Lou*~

Posted 13 May 2019 - 07:59 AM

Thank you for the replies. She says she now doesn’t want to go to camp, purely because she’s worrying about sleep (her words “being last person awake in the camp site”) nothing else about the camp worries her.

#7 José

Posted 13 May 2019 - 08:05 AM

when do you see the psychologist next?
can you bring the appointment forward?

#8 Kreme

Posted 13 May 2019 - 10:05 AM

My DD loves sleepovers and has no trouble with them. But around 11-12yo I actually refused to have any friends for sleepovers because so many were ending in sobbing girls with tummy aches wanting to go home at midnight. This includes my niece for whom this is her second home, and a friend who has been sleeping over here since preschool.

I know that my other nieces whose parents are divorced both had huge issues with sleeping at dad’s place around the same age, even though they’d been doing it since they were toddlers. The severe homesickness lasted for a year or 2 and then disappeared again around age 13-14.

Hopefully it will turn out to just be a phase.

#9 Jingleflea

Posted 13 May 2019 - 10:24 AM

Our school lets the kids go home at bedtime (it's 10 minutes or so away from the school) and dropped back the next morning.

DD was worried last year about camp so  said I'd pick her up at night BUT she had to try ONE night there(2 nights, 3 day camp) because she may well find it's fine.

Avoiding the things that make you anxious doesn't actually make the anxiety go away, it'll still be there next camp, possibly worse.

Luckily DD's excited this year(the year she actually goes to camp) and it's me who's anxious as all hell about her going away for 2 nights!

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