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12 DD always feeling sick

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Reetabiscuiteater · 31/01/2018 12:11

My Dd has just turned 12 and started high school last September. She is bright happy girl with lots of friends and seems to have settled well into her new school.

But...she says she feels sick a lot, especially after she eats. She has come home from school today not looking well and again feeling very sick. She started her period in August and definitely suffers from acne which I have taken her to the doc for. Could it be hormonal? I know I used to be very hormonal with sickness and spots etc before I had my ovaries removed. Is it just taking a while to settle?

It seems unusual to be feeling sick so much and have quizzed her to make sure nothing is going on at school. She is a good eater too and a healthy weight tho she does worry she is fat but not excessively so.

Anyone have any ideas? I may take her to the doc tomorrow.

Thanks in advance

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CheapSausagesAndSpam · 31/01/2018 12:43

Mine was the same...she's 13 now and we gradually worked out that she seemed to be affected by dairy.

We got her some different products...nut based milks and soy milks and dairyfree icecream and she's SO much better.

Does your DD eat a lot of dairy?

BlueChampagne · 31/01/2018 12:56

DS2 had this (admittedly when he was in Y1) and it turned out to be dehydration. Check she's drinking enough in the course of the school day. If nothing else, it will rule one thing out.

Reetabiscuiteater · 31/01/2018 16:30

Thanks for taking the time to reply. She has drunk two massive glasses of water since she has been home so dehydration is a possibility but she's insisting she does drink.

Don't think she has much dairy. Maybe with breakfast cereal and doesn't really do yoghurt. I did wonder about dairy because of her skin.

I may try to get a wee sample tomorrow if we go see a doc.

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AmberTopaz · 31/01/2018 22:36

Could it be psychosomatic? My DS started secondary in Sept too, he’s found it a massive jump up from primary. If she is tired and stressed from lots of homework, making friends etc it may appear as a tummy ache. Just worth a thought.

LovingLola · 31/01/2018 22:37

I would hazard a guess that it is anxiety rooted.

mumzuki · 04/02/2018 11:19

DD1 is very anxious and finds school difficult - she gets headaches and feels sick, but definitely connected to her anxiety. We know things are improving when she stops complaining of stomach aches.

DD2 on the other hand has a cow's milk allergy and gets stomach aches after eating; it affects her skin too. It's quite mild and switching to almond milk for her breakfast cereal has pretty much resolved the problem. So maybe try cutting out milk for a week or so? If there is a milk allergy it should improve immediately.

Reetabiscuiteater · 05/02/2018 11:40

Thanks everyone. I took her to the doc last week and he couldn't find anything obvious also suggested anxiety.

I think she is exhausted. She has been getting up very early and not really looking after herself. So our plan for this week is early to bed, no silly early starts and decent breakfast. Then it's half term so she can rest then. We are also going to get her eyes retested too in case that is the cause of the headaches.

If there is no change then we may think about the dairy but she really eats very little of it so not sure it would make much of a difference.

I know moving up to senior school is a big change but not sure about the anxiety issue. Will continue to keep an eye.

Thanks again

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EveryoneTalkAboutPopMusic · 06/02/2018 15:00

I think you are doing everything right but if you are thinking of cutting out dairy don’t be fooled that she eats very little, it’s in everything Smile

Reetabiscuiteater · 06/02/2018 16:57

I didn't think about it being in lots of other foods so thanks for that. She has this week started drinking milk too thoughHmm

I've told her to make a diary of headaches too as she has started describing migraine symptoms. I remember mine started in high school but mine are definitely hormonal (unless I eat too many m&ms!)

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