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Puking, Needles & Fainting (aka Childhood Gastro Issues)

My good friend (and fellow Mom) is convinced my family has some sort of radar or way of conveniently getting sick, having a crisis, or needing me whenever I have something for “me” planned. I had scheduled today to be my errand running day and the chance to have lunch with a friend (funny, the original lunch appointment was rescheduled by her family’s drama).

The first thing on my list was a dentist appointment for me. Oh joy, but it went fine – until the end when my phone rang. Of course, it was the school, and no, someone hadn’t forgotten lunch money, my 6 year old was in the nurse’s office throwing up.

I headed to the school (after running home to get her a change of clothes at the nurses direction) to pick her up and immediately took her to the doctor’s office. Normally I wouldn’t take one of the kids to the doctor for a simple puking episode, but since this was the 4th time in 6 weeks, she had diarrhea with it, and she had a low grade fever, I felt like it was time to get to the bottom of it all.

We have determined that it is not a virus, as she doesn’t continue throwing up or having diarrhea all day – its a quick 3-4 pukes in 10-15 minutes and then all is relatively normal. But a few days ago I noticed an eczema patch on her face below her lip. Add to that her history of molluscum, hospitalization for extreme uti, and the title of “queen of the funky rashes” my doctor finally decided it was time to do some extensive lab work.

The doctor ordered a full CBC, sed rate, gluten sensitivity test, immune system test, general food allergy test and a few more. Hopefully the data that comes back will shed some light on all this.

Great. Did I mention my daughter has serious anxiety about needles? Oh yeah, this was going to be so much fun. As soon as she figured out what we were about to have to go do, she freaked. I got her settled down and we made it to the lab. I had to have her sit on my lap and hold her arm in order for the lab tech to do her job.

She cried and fussed about the blood draw, but not as much as I had expected. Once it was all over she stood up to put her jacket on and suddenly started shaking and collapsed. She had fainted but had convulsed a bit in the process. I did everything in my power to stay calm as none of my kids has ever done this. The lab techs moved her to a room with an examining table and we called her pediatrician back.

I was worried we were going to end up in the ER, but her pediatrician helped us assess the situation and luckily, we didn’t have to. It took her about 15 minutes to regain her color and be able to sit up. I finally got her home and she spent the rest of the afternoon sipping root beer and eating bland foods. Funny thing is, now she feels great.

I am really hoping th blood work reveals something. If whatever it is can be managed through dietary modifications or something similar, I would much prefer that over the mystery random puke sessions. I’m sure my daughter would prefer that too.

Here’s hoping tomorrow will be drama free! And as soon as I get the lab work results, I will do a follow up post.

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One Response to Puking, Needles & Fainting (aka Childhood Gastro Issues)

  1. So sorry to hear of your ordeal! I see lots of kids with needle phobias and there are things that you can do to help her lower (desensitize) that fear, also your doctor may recommend a topical analgesic– emla cream– to reduce pain.

    Sometimes when kids are really afraid they hold their breath, literally bracing themselves, and sometimes that can lead to fainting. Of course your doctor will help you with any medical issues, but you may want to work with your daughter on breathing in those situations so that she doesn’t hold her breath.

    If you want some more strategies for working on fears, you could check out my book, Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Your Child’s Fears, Worries and Phobias.

    Hope everyone feels better soon!