I am the mom that posted the anonymous thread that began the discussion. I carried my child to my pediatrician and had a very long talk and exam. My child didn't need therapy- he has a strong gag reflex- that's it. However, his increase in vomiting was being caused by an increase in stomach acid production which in turn was exacerbating the vomiting. My doc explained that the more a person vomits the more agitated the stomach acid can become. In a person with such a strong gag reflex this can make it worse. Damage is inevitable with that much vomiting. He has put him on precription strength prevacid for kids (dissolvable). Believe it or not after 4 weeks on this medication, he has thrown up only 3 times. I am not saying that this is a fix all but he is more aware that the medicine is helping his stomach. We also now pack our lunch (he helps) so that he will have another option other than cafeteria food. He still has a strong gag reflex and may never grow out of it completely-Doc says he has grown ups that gag just at the sight of a tongue depressor. However I do not think that my child had a mental issue and needed therapy. Your son needs some self confidence (as did mine)- Try to find little ways to help him control it as much as possible. The lunch was a big empowerment for my kid. Keep a log of the times he throws up and what he is eating as well. If he can see the number of times he throws up, and try to decrease it give him a reward (sticker or such) so that he has a tangible result. My son is a fast eater as well. My pedi said that if food is not chewed as well, the stomach acid must work harder to break it down. Reigning in my son's eating habits has been the hardest, but I try to watch carefully at each meal to be a nag and tell him "small bites". Hope some of these things work for you. The best thing is to be there as much as you can for your son so that he knows he is loved. Vomiting so much at school can be hard on them- kids can be cruel. with the added stress of your husband being gone he can be having a hard time right now. Good Luck.View Thread
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