Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mickey | 2011/08/30


Vomiting after fall

I really have no clue what wrong with my 4.5yr old son. He had a pretty nasty fall and hit the side of his head against a smooth FLAT part of the bath as he hopped out. He cried a lot but i could tell more from shock than pain, he was fine thereafter. An hour and 15 min later he was laughing a lot and then suddenly started crying and threatened to vomit, 15 min later he actually did vomit! The vomiting is not totally new to him, he tends to gag food a lot and vomit more than the average 4.5 yr old. The paedi is not concerned was there just last wk and mentioned it. There is no obvious bruise where he hit his head, no swelling and he did not have a headache in all this, said his tummy was sore, he also did not get sleepy and his eyes seemed fine. Today apart from being a bit pale he has threatened to vomit again, but did not, eating well and had a normal stool too.... no running tummy. Then he complained a few min ago of weak legs (also not first time complaint though) however the weakness was gone within minutes almost pretentious to me... He also had a lot of mustard before the fall last nite, ive noticed before that he vomited after mustard, im thinking the vomiting had nothing to do with fall but more with the tartrazine in the mustard? he seems to be colorant and preservative allergic and tends to vomit after things like creme soda.
Do u think he could have a UTI? since the stomach seems sore on and off and the vomiting or do you think im right re allergy (we a very allergic family) or could it be the fall? does it warrant a visit to GP?
thanks so much sorry for loooong post!

Expert's Reply



There appear to be two issues here. Firstly your son seems to have preservative and colourant allergy. This is becoming more and more common in children these days. His stomach symptoms and some of his vomiting can be attributed to these allergies. Then there is the fall.I am always concerned when a child vomits after a fall and where he/she has a head injury however mild it may appear at the time. Vomiting may indicate anything from just the shock of the injury to concussion or to a possible cerebral bleed. It is definitely necessary to see your doctor.

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