For the last few months, my 9 year old son will vomit for no explained reason like every 3-4 weeks. I really don't think it's the flu. No one else in the house gets it. At one point we had him tested for allergies to eggs because 2 weekends in a row, he got sick and he ate eggs both times. We thought we had it pinpointed, but the test came back neg. The dr. wants to see him today. Should I be concerned?
Be aware: just because the egg allergy test came back negative doesn't mean it can't be affecting him. I have a severe gluten allergy but on every allergy test I've ever had, I've tested negative for it (go figure!).
I would try eliminating all egg products for a few weeks and see how he does. Also you might keep a food diary of EVERYTHING he eats and see if you find any patterns. If a certain pattern appears, try eliminating that food for a minimum of six weeks and then reintroduce it, seeing how he tolerates it.
Thanks for the reply. We went to the Dr. yesterday. He's going to run a bunch of blood work and an xray of his stomach. When he was feeling his stomach, he said he was tender where the stomach is and where the intestines are. My son's Dr. is the best in the area so, I'm positive they will figure it out. :-)
I can tell you this, he won't eat eggs anymore or hotdogs. LOL
So, he got sick again. I took him to a children's hospital here in St. Louis. They diagnosed him with acid reflux and prescribed him zantac. They didn't do any kind of test or anything. I really seemed like they were trying to get us out of there, like it was a waste of their time. Anyway, his pediatrician wants him to go to a GI specialist.
When your son is sick, does he complain of pain in his stomach, does he feel sick or does he just vomit? The reason I ask is because my 10 year old son went through bouts of vomiting for no apparent reason. He always had pain centered in the middle of his stomach. Our pediatrician diagnosed him with abdominal migraine. It would happen about once a month and he would be perfectly fine between episodes.
Try g**gling abdominal migraine to see if his symptoms fit. I had never heard of it before. My family has a history of classic migraine, so it made sense.
Thank you soccermom! He does complain about pain in the center of his stomach. When his pediatrician examined him, he was tender where his stomach and his intestines are but he wasn't sick at the time. But everytime he gets sick, I ask him where it hurts and he always points the center of his stomach, about his belly button. Is this hard to diagnose? What did they do for your son? I'm going to go research this now.
Unfortunately, there is no definitive test for abdominal migraine. It's really just a process of elimination. We have a wonderful pediatrician that has just always been right on with our kids. He did do a blood work up just to rule out a number of different things and to check his white count. When that all came back normal, and after monitoring his symptoms for several months he was pretty convinced it was migraine related, especially because of the family history. Also the fact that he was perfectly fine between episodes.
I had thought for a while that it was reflux too, but it was too sporadic. You will find tons of information on abdominal migraine and the symptoms can very from fairly mild to pretty severe. Fortunately for my son, he only seems sick for a few hours. From what I've read, boys often outgrow it by the time they reach puberty and some will develop classic migraine later in life .
When my son has an "episode", I look back at the last 24 hours or so and just note what he ate, activities, amount of sleep etc. A lot of times there will be a trigger, although we really haven't figured any out for our son yet! Even if it isn't migraine related, keeping a diary may help your son's doctor figure out what's causing the problem.
Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions at all, I know how frustrating it is when you don't know what's going on.
My son is usually only sick for a couple of hours too. That's one reason they ruled out the "stomach flu". And I have noticed it happens when we go somewhere like a hockey game or party. And the last time he had it, our pet squirrel died and he got really upset. Yes, we had a squirrel. LOL Anyway, maybe that stuff triggers it? How do they treat it? Thanks!
Stress can definitely be a trigger as well as overly stimulating activities - birthday parties, holidays, vacations etc. At first I thought stress might be a trigger for my son and when we went to Florida last year he was due for another one (they were happening about every 4 weeks) The night before we left I gave him Advil before bed hoping to prevent a migraine. (I forgot to mention, he always wakes up early in the morning with the symptoms.) We had an early flight and I was so afraid we'd miss our plane because he was sick. He ended up fine and actually went several months after that without an attack. He even made it through soccer tryouts with no problem and that was probably the most stressful time of his whole 10 years! So I'm pretty sure stress/excitement are not triggers for him. Now if we can just figure out what is
If it is abdominal migraine, it's actually treated the exact same way a migraine headache is treated. My son has a prescription for Imitrex. If we catch it in time (before he starts throwing up) then it stops it completely in about 30 minutes, otherwise it just runs its course. There are daily preventatives that can be taken. We opted not to go that route because they aren't occuring frequently enough to warrant a daily medication.. If this was happening once a week I'm sure we'd rethink that!
Another interesting thing, from what I understand, this condition quite often goes undiagnosed. Kids obviously get stomach viruses all the time and unless there is a pattern or it's occuring frequently enough, parents just assume their child has the "stomach flu". It wasn't until the third time my son was sick that I knew it was something different... and no on else in the house was getting it! One of the best tests (which really isn't a test) is if your son is completely symptom free between episodes. That will rule out tons of other things.
Even though it's awful seeing your child in pain, we were relieved to at least know what we were dealing with. He has accepted that it just happens. He knows what it is and he also knows that if it gets worse, there are other options available.
Sometimes I do TOO much research. I read everything relevant I could find on abdominal migraine. What I did discover is that it could be so much worse. There are kids that are suffering several times a week with symtoms lasting 1-2 days. I was just so thankful that it is fairly infrequent.
Your son's symptoms sound very much like my son. I would love to know what your pediatrician thinks!
just simply as a precaution,at some point,make certain his doc just checks his liver and kidney functions.this could possibly be something completely different.his age is right about where the onset or symptoms started with my son and his liver problems.it started out with unexplained vomiting,alot.do you know if their is any family history on either side of ANY kidney type problems?we had a kidney disease(PKD,polycystic kidney disease) running in our family that i actually passed onto my son without even knowing that i had it.i found out i had it when my son got sick and we had to have ultrasounds to see which side it came from.i found out at age 40 that i had been living with this kidney disease all my life just didn't know it.my son recieved a mutated form of this that caused whats called congenital hepatic fibrosis.but it came from the PKD gene,unfortuently there are alot of peole who do actually have PKD and don't have a clue since the kidney numbers wont change til the damage reaches a certain level.but if by some slim chance your son could possibly have a liver issue,it would show up at this time.this is just one very slim possibility for the symptoms that really does need to be ruled out.not trying to scare you here really,just inform you.we just didn't have a freaking clue that this had even beengoing on in our son,til other more pronounced symptoms started.he appeared to be a completely totally healthy child in every other way but it began with the unexplained vomiting,and mid stomach aches from time to time.has he ever had any sudden nose bleeds?hopefully i am way off on this but just getting his liver and kidney functions tested right now would tell you alot.it would rule it out as one possibility anyways.considering his symptoms,he should just have these two labs run anyways.hopefully what ever this is will just pass at some point,but you DO need to at least get some blood work done at this point,it would rule out or in many possibilities with just doing this one thing.good luck and plese keep us posted.i hope he feels better soon.Marcia