My Toddler Vomits At Bedtime
Submitted by Nick on January 19, 2012
Toddler vomiting can occur for a number of reasons. Most often it is due to an upset stomach or a stomach disorder or the flu or a viral disease. If a toddler vomits once after a meal, it could be because he/she ate too much. If it occurs repeatedly, the reasons could be:-
- Infections: A respiratory infection or congestion may lead to a toddler vomiting. This invariably occurs in cases where the toddler has a severe cough. The reason for a toddler vomiting at bedtime may be due to this as well...
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...An ear infection could be the cause as well. Keep in mind that toddler vomiting could be indicative of other diseases as well. These include appendicitis, meningitis, pneumonia, and rarely, Reye’s syndrome.
- Crying or coughing: A toddler who is coughing excessively or throwing a tantrum may trigger the gag reflex and therefore start vomiting. Such vomiting will not physically harm your toddler.
- Poison: A toddler may also be vomiting at bedtime if he/she has swallowed something toxic – like medicine, a chemical, drug or a plant. Contaminated food or water could also be causing the vomiting. If the toddler is vomiting with no fever, this could be a possible cause.
- Acid Reflux in toddlers: This is yet another reason for toddlers to vomit at night. This is more likely if your toddler is vomiting frequently, especially after eating. Tests will be carried out to diagnose the problem. Ensure that you talk to your pediatrician about this if it occurs frequently.
- Viral or bacterial infection: A toddler vomiting at bedtime may be suffering from a viral or bacterial infection. Such viral or bacterial infections affect the child’s intestines and other symptoms of this are fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. Such toddler vomiting usually stops within 12 to 24 hours.
Vomiting, by and large should not send alarm bells ringing, unless it is accompanied any of the following:
- Abdominal pain
- A swollen or tender abdomen
- The vomit contains blood
- He/she has vomited after suffering a head injury
- The child is vomiting and is irritable and lethargic
- Having trouble breathing
- Shows signs of severe dehydration - sunken eyes, delirium, excessive sleepiness, cold hands and feet, dizziness and so on. Ensure you keep up the toddler’s fluid intake when he/s she is vomiting. Give him/her an electrolyte solution. Give this to him in small doses and about half an hour after vomiting. This is recommended for toddler vomiting at night.
Toddler vomiting at night can be alarming but ensure that you observe your toddler and run the above checklist through before rushing to the emergency room, so that the doctor knows exactly what the accompanying symptoms are.
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