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Do chesty coughs cause vomiting in children, or is this something more?

(8 Posts)
hobnob57 Fri 10-Oct-08 18:32:01

My DD threw up her lunch on Wednesday, her breakfast on Thursday and her dinner tonight. She has a rapidly developing nasty chesty cough and seems to vomit when the coughing gets worse at mealtimes.

To complicate things, she has a history of silent reflux which has (and still is) managed with ranitidine. She's 22 months.

I thought initially that the reflux had returned and was causing the cough, but then she got a streaming nose today. She tries to hold in her coughs at mealtimes and I was encouraging her not to, to see if that helped, but it led directly to tonight's boke. She's now struggling with a really jumpy tummy and is refusing all food and drink.

Sorry if I'm being a bit PFC here, but I'd never associated coughs and sickness before and wondered if this is bog standard common?

Romy7 Fri 10-Oct-08 18:35:05

violent coughing can trigger sickness, as can persistent post nasal drip (ewww) here... however, with a history of reflux i'd have to say wheel her back to gp for a check up...

MatNanPlus Fri 10-Oct-08 18:35:13

I have had children in the past who would eat, cough and vomit, small easy to digest meals help.

Let her settle for a bit, sometimes no dairy can help.

hobnob57 Fri 10-Oct-08 18:42:00

THanks. I wouldn't say the coughing has been violent, which is what confused me. She's pretty much dairy-free anyway (we've been slowly re-introducing it since 18mnths). I'll try her with her formula after ITNG and a bath. We're off to Ireland on Monday so I just needed reassurance that a simple explanation of chesty cough could apply. Will keep monitoring things.

TinkerBellesMum Fri 10-Oct-08 18:44:08

Tink was sick all over the GP waiting room the other week, she had a chest infection and wasn't coughing that hard but was always coughing before being sick.

SazzlesA Fri 10-Oct-08 18:45:22

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Overmydeadbody Fri 10-Oct-08 18:49:23

Coughing can trigger the reflex to vomit ni children, It happens to DS a lot, doctor said it was standard and not to worry, just offer lots of smaller meals.

bamzooki Fri 10-Oct-08 23:59:26

My DS always has a hair trigger on the vomit button whenever he gets a chesty cold/cough. He's 5 now, and is getting slightly better with age.

Can be avoided slightly by leaving breakfast till after the early morning coughing has passed for a while, etc, but otherwise I give small portions, minimal dairy, and just keep a bowl handy...

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