Childhood Diseases

Posted by: mischief | 2008-10-31


Vomitting in a toddler

As a baby of over a year old, my little boy used to vomit quite badly, sometimes three to four times a day. The paediatician put it down to reflux and said that if he did not outgrow the vomitting by the time he turned 18 months old, he would have to have an op. About a week after he turned 18 months old, the vomitting did stop. He is nearly three now and all of a sudden the vomitting started again in September. He vomits mostly at night, after he has been asleep for between two to three hours. He has had a bad cough and suffers from phlegm build up. He has been on a 5 day course of Moxypen and a 7 day course of Augumentine, but the coughing and phlegm have not cleared up 100%. He is also on Flomist and 5ml of Deselex a day for the vomitting. He has been on this treatment for nearly 5 weeks now and the vomitting has not cleared up, but is better. What can we do about the cough and phlegm? How would we know if the vomitting is just allergy related or if there is an underlying cause that the doctor has not picked up?

Expert's Reply



Your son's vomiting at his present age of 3 years and with his current illness is not due to reflux. He has whooping cough. This is a long lasting illness [Afrikaans:100 dae hoes!] Unfortunately although he is on all this medication it is not the correct treatment for whooping cough.I would suggest that you stop the Flomist and Deselex.Ask your pharmacist for Aterax syrup and give him 5ml at night.

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