When #2 was a baby he spit up a lot. I’m talking projectile vomiting several times a day. We did gas relief drops, gripe water, propping him up when he slept and nursed. It just didn’t seem to always work. His (former) pediatrician, who we will call Dr. X, said it was “normal”. #1 wasn’t like that so I just said “okay” but in my gut I knew that something else was wrong. We continued the path of not doing anything even when we would bring it up with Dr. X at our well child checks. Then when he was 12 or 18 months (I can’t remember), Dr. X actually told me she believed it was PSYCHOLOGICAL and that treatments wouldn’t help. She wrote it off. It pissed me off. I continued going to her until I could find another pediatrician.
In the meantime we found out that he had allergies to peanuts and other food products like tilapia, soy, eggs, etc. So we decided to try “controlling” his vomiting spells by removing allergens. That worked a little bit but not much. We struggled through it all because we didn’t want to change too many things at once – we needed to do it slowly so we could see what worked and what didn’t.
Then we found a pediatrician whom we’ll refer to as Dr. L in April 2013. When I first brought up the vomiting episodes that #2 has had for his ENTIRE life and told Dr. L what Dr. X believed to be the “answer”, he was confused. He said usually children will go to a specialist and do some testing and if all tests came back normal THEN they would say it was psychological. In addition, he said at this age (2 years old), it usually IS NOT psychological. So he was the FIRST person to really take us seriously and help us take action.
Back in November 2012, we took #2 to the ER because he had vomited EVERY meal for 3 days straight and he was looking exhausted. ER did an X-Ray and didn’t find anything. When Dr. L gave us the action plan in June 2013, he gave us an order for a CT Scan. He said we could wait or we could go immediately to get a scan done. Of course, for the next couple of months, #2 didn’t have any vomiting episodes so we didn’t get a CT Scan done immediately. In September we decided to do it because it started again. Frustratingly, it came back normal too. Dr. L said he believed it was something called Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS). He said he would still refer us to a specialist, if we wanted one and I said yes because in my gut I knew there was something else going on and it wasn’t as simple as “he just vomits on a regular basis”.
Enter the Pediatric GI Specialist. We went there 9 days ago and Dr. J-K said she didn’t believe it was CVS. She had a new action plan for us.
- Prevacid in the morning for the next 6-8 weeks
- When #2 has another vomiting spell, take him to get blood work because she wanted to see his levels such as amonia
- Put #2 on an anti-acid diet
- Since I was worried about his weight, we should give him whole milk
- Return in 2 months
Guess what? This morning my husband told me that he noticed that #2 was starting to get a little bit of a gut. I wanted to cry. I wanted to cry because this could be a sign that he was getting better. That after 2 years of struggling, we may find an answer. We shall see what happens in the next couple of weeks. His vomiting spells usually happen in the beginning of the month so we’re nearly there. Crossing my fingers that we won’t need to go to the labs and that prevacid may be a short-term solution.
As always, trust your intuition. Mothers have an amazing ability to really understand and FEEL their children’s souls. Don’t ever ignore it. Fight for your child when s/he is unable to do so.