Posted by: Timtoe | 2009/02/12


Vomiting before going to school

My 4 year old son started going to pre-primary school for the first time this year. His aunt looked after him at home since he was born and had very little contact with other children. Before going to school in the mornings he starts vomiting. He doesn' t want to eat anything in the morning and not even at break time at school,but when he gets home he eats anything and everything.Please help.

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Your son appears to be unhappy at school so far and although he is already 4 years old he has a separation anxiety problem as well.He is bringing on these episodes of vomiting it seems so as to make you feel awful about sending him to school.You need to be firm with him and explain that he is now a big boy and he must go to school like all the other 'big boys'.He will gradually realise that you do fetch him every day when school is over and as he makes friends at school and settles down this stage will pass.

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Posted by: Carole | 2009/02/12

Hi, my 3 year old is doing exactly the same thing, until i decided to find out if i could stay in the staff room and observe from a distance, this really worked, about 15 to 20mins after i left she had settled down, i also assured her that i would be there after her 12 o`clock break and story time. I still stay on the odd day when she is feeling sad, this also helps the teacher, so when she wants me, she just says but Mommy is in the office and will be here after story time. Just perservere it does get better, i know my heart broke the first week, but i`m fine now

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Posted by: Anon | 2009/02/12

Hi Timtoe, that sounds like anxiety!! Perhaps he hasn' t settled in yet, it can be very daunting if you have been at home all this time, I know with my LO. Talk to him about how he feels and if he is enjoying it or is he making friends, perhaps chat to his teacher and see how he is doing during the day. When you talk to him about school always keep it in a positive light. What I did was find out what the schedule was during the day and when I dropped him off in the morning I would say " see you after story time"  then he can understand when that is. Don' t worry, it will take some time, but also just keep an eye on it!

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