Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anon | 2009/05/25


child vomoting

Hi Doc, I hope you can help me.

i have a four year old girl that throws up at night when she sleeps if she had a milkshake or ice cream that day, i have picked up that when she has milkshake or ice cream she vomits at night while sleeping so we are keeping her away from it but she can drink milk and eat cheese and nothing happens.

i would like to know if she can make herself vomit? we are keeping her away from milksakes but when this whole vomiting thing started she was vomoting on her bed and then we let her sleep in our bed with us as her bed was full of vomit, but then we realised it is becuase of this milikshakes and ice cream and we stoped giving her any milkshake or ice cream and the vomoting stopped for a while, now all of a sudden its back and she vomots on her bed then comes to our bedroom and gets into our bed, can this be that she is making her self vomit so that she can sleep with me and her father, as she realised that when her bed is wet and full of vomit she can sleep in our bed, i have the feeling it is just to sleep in my bed but i can be wrong. please help

thank you

Expert's Reply



This is a very difficult question to answer with certainty. Your daughter may well be able to make herself vomit when she wants to get in your bed.It is unusual that she can tolerate other dairy products yet she vomits ice cream and milk shakes.This may be due to some ingredient in ice cream or milkshakes [which contains ice cream]Keep her off ice cream and milkshakes and see if she improves. If she still vomits then she is most probably able to make herself vomit when she feels the need to do so.If this problem worsens you will need to ask a child psychologist to see her.

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