Toddler Vomiting At Night

Submitted by Nick on January 17, 2012

Frequent vomiting in toddlers, babies and older children is definitely not a rare occurrence. Moreover, a toddler vomiting is not exactly a major cause for concern, if the child suffers from a cough, fever, viral infection, stomach infection or is teething. However, what can be a rare condition is when a toddler vomits at night, even thought he or she seems absolutely fine during the day. In fact frequent episodes of a toddler vomiting at night can be downright alarming and traumatizing for just about any parent. This could have anybody call a pediatrician or a child specialist, at all odd hours of the day, just to state “my toddler vomits at night...

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However, it is important for you to first understand why your toddler vomits at night, so that you can address the main cause. The most common reasons that could have your toddler vomiting at night are:
  • Food poisoning
  • Overeating at night
  • Lying down or sleeping immediately after a meal
  • GERD or acid reflux
  • Post nasal drips or sinus problems
  • Infections in the upper respiratory tract
  • Severe cough
  • Collection of mucus in the stomach during the night, when the child is asleep  

On rare occasions, when a toddler vomits at night, it could also be the indication of an early tumor.

The treatment of toddler vomiting is a bit different from vomiting treatment in others. Since toddlers have the tendency to get dehydrated very fast, it is first important to ensure that they get an adequate intake of fluids, soon after they vomit. This is also important after a single bout of sickness. Thereafter, it is important to check with a doctor, about the medication that should be given to the toddler, to prevent him or her from throwing up again. Apart from the type of medication, it is also important to know the proper dose that should be given to your child. If the child is suffering from sinus, respiratory or nasal problems, the doctor may also recommend the use of a vaporizer in the child’s room, to clear the blockage from the air passages, by softening the mucus. If your child has been identified with GERD or acid reflux problems, then, it may be best to avoid certain foods at night. You may also want to ensure that after dinner, your toddler stays upright for at least an hour or more, before going to bed.

In case the vomiting does not cease within a few days, even after trying medication and other treatment options, it may be best to have a child specialist examine your toddler carefully.

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