Toddler vomiting curdled milk..?

(October 19, 2012)

Do frequent episodes of your toddler throwing up after eating distress you? If yes, you are definitely not alone; several mothers and fathers dread mealtimes, because they are so used to seeing their toddler vomiting after eating. There are several reasons why your little one could get sick after a meal. Some of the causes include overeating, minor tummy ailments, the flu, a cough or a cold. Your toddler may also throw up after eating, in case he or she lies down too soon after the meal.

However, at times a toddler throwing up after eating could be an indication of a serious problem, which should be addressed immediately. Given below are some of the causes of toddler vomiting after eating that need to be treated by a doctor:

  • Hyperactive gag reflex: Your child could gag and vomit when food or water touches the back of the throat, in case he or she is suffering from this problem.
  • Gastroenteritis: This is a viral infection, which triggers off symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea in children.
  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD): At times, the digestive acids in the stomach could flow back into the throat, because of a weak sphincter. This is known as GERD. Though this is not a serious disorder, it can lead to a lot of pain and discomfort, apart from just vomiting.
  • Food sensitivities: There are many children who are allergic to milk, wheat or other similar foods that are common ingredients in most children's food. They are bound to vomit after consuming foods that they are allergic to.
  • Respiratory problems: Certain respiratory conditions like pneumonia, pertussis, asthma and middle ear infections usually cause the child to vomit after eating.

As you can see, many of the causes of toddler throwing up after eating are a cause for concern and should be treated by a doctor without any delay. That is why it is best to have a doctor examine your child to determine the reasons why your child is vomiting so often.

Submitted by N on October 19, 2012 at 12:50

Why is my baby throwing up curdled milk?

Do you get distressed when you see your baby throwing up curdled milk? Rest assured that a baby vomiting curdled milk is not an uncommon occurrence. Several babies, including newborns tend to spit up or throw up curdled milk, soon after they have been fed. Most people believe babies who have been breastfed will not throw up curdled milk, but that is not necessarily true as many mothers who have breastfed their babies exclusively have noticed this with their babies too. Your baby may throw up curdled milk because of factors like not being burped properly or lying very down soon after a meal.

However, some instances of a newborn baby throwing up could be indicative of GERD or acid reflux. It occurs when the digestive acid juices in the tummy travel back to the throat. While this condition is not dangerous, it could be quite painful and uncomfortable for your child. The only way to know whether your child is suffering from GERD or not, is by having him or her undergo a physical checkup. If your child has GERD, you will need to make a few dietary alterations, so that your child spits up the curdled substance less often.

Another cause of baby throwing up curdled milk could be lactose intolerance. If this is the case, your doctor may be able to suggest dietary alternatives to keep your baby from spitting up excessively.

Therefore, it is absolutely essential for you to have a doctor examine your baby in case he or she spits up after every meal, or 2 to 3 times a day.

Submitted by N on March 13, 2012 at 03:41

What to do when a toddler vomits?

As the parent of a toddler, you are probably no stranger to frequent bouts of vomiting in your little one. Vomiting in toddlers is a distressing occurrence not just for the children, but for the parents too. However, do bear in mind that not all instances of vomiting are a cause for concern. Children often suffer from minor ailments like cough, cold, flu or a tummy bug, which cause them the throw up. Some causes of toddler vomiting could be more serious, requiring medical assistance. These include acid reflux or GERD, food poisoning, meningitis, pneumonia or appendicitis, to name a few. Toddler vomiting treatment depends completely on the factors that lead to it. Therefore, it is best for you to consult a pediatrician, if you see your toddler vomit more than two or three times.

In case your doctor determines that the causes of vomiting are not serious, you may be asked to use simple home remedies to alleviate the problem. Given below are some of the most common toddler vomiting remedies:

  • Offer your child small sips of water, an electrolyte solution or other clear fluids at frequent intervals, to soothe the stomach and replenish lost fluids
  • Prepare some weak tea using chamomile or peppermint teabag and give a few sips of warm tea to your toddler two or three times a day.
  • Ensure that your child eats light food for a couple of days, even after the vomiting stops. Give your toddler some dry toast, crackers and broth, till he or she feels better.

These toddler vomiting remedies are quite safe if used correctly, but it is best to check with a doctor, before trying any of them. If the vomiting does not cease in spite of using these remedies, it is best for you to seek medical assistance.

Submitted by N H on September 26, 2011 at 05:04

It is not uncommon for a toddler to bring up what he has eaten. One of the reasons that a toddler vomits food is because he or she has had enough to eat and the body cannot accept any more food. When the body is saturated, the toddler will have a tendency to spit up the food as an indication that he or she is full and is not in need of any more food for the time being. Another common cause for a toddler to throw up is because of a reflux reaction of the valve that lies at the base of the esophagus.

After having consumed a large amount of milk, and because of the acidic nature of the digestive juices present in the stomach, the valve at the base of the esophagus opens, allowing the partly digested food to travel upwards through the esophagus, leading to vomiting. Toddlers have limited means of communication and are therefore unable to express what they are feeling. Because of the gap in communication, they are unable to tell us that they are experiencing an acidic sensation and that they want to bring up the food that has been consumed. The primary diet for a toddler is milk. When other solid foods are given to the baby to eat, they sometimes react with the milk, causing it to curdle. Curdled milk, also being acidic in nature causes a feeling of uneasiness and the body triggers a bout of vomiting to ease the discomfort that is being experienced.

Another common cause for a toddler to bring up curdled milk is that he or she has a bacterial infection in the digestive tract that is causing the milk to curdle and be ejected from the body through vomiting. There is also the possibility that the quality of the milk being consumed has undergone same variance, to which the toddler’s stomach has not yet become accustomed. Switching from breast milk to cow or buffalo milk may prove to be extremely rich for the toddlers body to accept and it is therefore advisable to dilute cow or buffalo milk before giving the same to your toddler. What most parents fear is dehydration caused by loss of fluids from the body, because of vomiting. At such times, they tend to feed their babies more milk, in order to ensure that there is some food in the stomach. Milk, itself, is not a suitable food to be given to a toddler who is vomiting because it puts a strain on the digestive system, thereby leading to continuous bouts of vomiting. Give your toddler plenty of water to drink and make sure that the level of comfort is kept to the maximum, and your baby will be back on the road to recovery without any wastage of time.  

Submitted by P T on February 18, 2010 at 09:40

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