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Hi. I don't think that this is normal. My daughter, who will be three in April, has issues with vomitting as well. She was diagnosed with acid reflux around two weeks old. She'd hold her breath to keep from refluxing and was hospitalized for nearly 2 weeks and they finally did a tube down her throat to measure the amount of acids. She took liquid Zantac and we'd have to increase it with her weight gain. I would always know that it was time to go back to the doctor when she'd start throwing up again and the doctor agreed. It was either time to increase the dosage or eventually changed her to Reglan. Once she started eating table food (about a year old), it passed. As I said earlier, she's about to be three and it seems that it's come back. That's what I'm thinking anyway. We need to go back in because she's throwing up almost daily now. At first, we thought it was because she was eating too fast. She'd be eating, start to choke, and throw up. We made her slow down. Then we thought it was because she wasn't chewing well enough but she can eat grits (which don't really need to be chewed) and would throw that up. So much for choking because of big pieces. She rarely eats meat like your grandchild too. There are also a lot of nights that she wakes up coughing and ends up throwing up everywhere. Also, when she throws up, you would think someone was beating her. Not that anyone likes throwing up but she gets mad, screams, stomps her feet, just goes nuts because she's throwing up. It's a major fight to get her to stand in front of the toilet to throw up. I need to bring her in to the doctor to get a checkup and see if they think that's the problem.

I can't imagine a doctor telling your daughter that what he's doing is normal though. Especially the part with him putting his finger down his throat. I know that my husband is having issues right now with his food not going down. He'll think that he's swallowed it and it's made it to his stomach but an hour later, he'll feel literal food in his throat and can't get it down. It'll begin to burn and he'll have to make himself throw up. If it's not reflux, I wonder if he's doing what my husband is. Also, when my daughter was younger, the doctor always told me to make sure the head of her bed was lifted higher than the bottom because that would help keep the acid down.

I know that I didn't really answer anything but I thought I'd share my experience with you. If your daughter really is being told that this is all normal, she needs to change doctors.

P.S. Does your grandson ever hold his breath? My daughter does (she goes completely out) and I was wondering if he did the same because if they were both throwing up all the time and also had the breath holding in common, they may have the same thing going on. They say that my daughter's breath holding is not related to the reflux anymore because it's supposedly been gone since she turned one and because she only does this breath holding stuff when she's crying really bad.
I'm not saying that it is normal, but both of my children did that. Expecially my first. He was even anemic, he did it so much. i kept taking him to the dr, and they tried him on zantac and previcid, but nothing helped. I finally figured that it has to do with textures. anything that has a different texture will still make him gag and he is 5. anything like mashed potatoes or things with skin. it is horrible. It's getting a little bit better now, because if he feels the texture and it makes him gag, he will spit it out, not wait until he throws up. i feel for you and your daughter as you try to find something that he will eat and keep down. I would definately get it checked out and make sure it's not acid reflux or anything. Just a thought, that i could be textures of things. Good luck and hope you find out the problem soon.