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Thursday, May 01, 2008 bamafan02004, Community Member, asks

Q: 2 yr old throwing up too often

Is it normal for a 2 yr old girl to complain of her throat hurting and then throwing up alot?  Sometimes this happens 2-3 times a day, 2-3 days a week and sometimes she goes 2-3 weeks or a month before she does it again.  But everytime it happens she always complains of her throat hurting first.  Her general doctor says there is nothing wrong with her but I think that something has to be going on somewhere.

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Vicki M, Health Guide
5/ 1/08 4:54pm

Hi bamafan02004,


It sounds like your daughter might have GERD. You can read and check ther symptoms here. The throwing up is a common sign of GERD. You can read about that here. Once you have had the child to a doctor, and the doctor has confirmed the diagnosis, you can check any medicines she's been prescribed here. Then if you are interested in the various treatments available you can check those here. There is a great section here specifically about Baby GER.


I hope you are able to get this taken care of. While online sites are great places for information, they can not be taken as a replacement for the solid care and advice of a doctor.


Stay in touch and let us know how you and your daughter are doing!


Vicki M

Jan Gambino, Health Guide
5/ 1/08 9:42pm


I would keep a journal and write down exactly when there is an episode of vomiting and how often. If she is gaining weight and eating a variety of foods, you can wait a few weeks or even a few months before returning to the doctor. I find that making a specific appointment to discuss a health issue is helpful. If you discuss a problem during a well check up and everything else (weight, blood tests, etc) are normal, it is easy for the doctor to be reassured and not explore the problem any further. Also, doctors know that some symptoms just come and go for no reason.

When you make a separate "sick visit" the doctor can really concentrate on the problem presented.

It is not common or normal for a two year old to vomit or complain of throat pain. Your doctor needs to rule out: Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), food allergies, food intolerance such as lactose intolerance or fructose intolerance.

Before you go to the doctor, be sure to keep track of all food and drinks (amount and type of food, when eaten) for about 3 days. This will give the doctor a picture of a typical diet and intake.

By the way, did your daughter have colic or reflux as a baby? Sometimes parents tell me their baby "outgrew" reflux or colic and it mysteriously returns later. Just curious.

Keep advocating for your daughter. You are her voice!

Best wishes,

Jan Gambino

The Reflux Mom

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