Question: My 7 year old son
has had times where he vomits. There does not seem to be any correlation
to food. We took him to the doctor who treated him for acid reflux
but every once in a while he gets a headache, gets a pasty look and
vomits a very small amount of what looks like egg whites. As soon
as he vomits he feels better and within a few hours he is fine, his
appetite comes back. I read somewhere where in boys ages 4-11 tis
is common and there is a name for it. Can anyone shed some light on
the condition and is there something I an do to stop it? Glenn
Answer: Dear Glenn,
You may be referring to cyclic
vomiting syndrome (CVS) where people experience bouts of nausea and
vomiting that last for hours or even days and alternate with longer
periods of no symptoms. This condition is more common in children
but can also occur in adults.
This condition has no known cause
and each episode is similiar to previous ones (starts at same time
of day, same lenght of time, intensity of symptoms, etc.) This condition
usually starts when children are between 3 and 7.
This condition has four phases:
- Signals of nausea and vomiting
- Vomiting episode
- Recovery time (energy and appetite returns)
- Symptom free time between episodes
Certain events or conditions can
trigger an episode such as emotional stress, excitement (birthday,
vacation), colds, allergies, flu.
This condition is hard to diagnose
because there are no clear tests and does not have a cure. Treatment
is based in preventing episodes.