Wanting answers and not knowing, worried mummy 

My youngest child Izebella is 3 years old. I would say about 2 months ago she would randomly say her tummy hurt perhaps 2/3 times a week. I put it down to usual toddler upset tummys or maybe mild poop problems giving fluids and calpol like mums do.

Then the tummy ache turned into aches with vomiting episodes and again this would occur about 2 or 3 times a week and inbetween these strange episodes she would be fine.

Then 2 weeks ago the sickness started more, infact she has been vomiting and wretching daily for 14/15 days now. The strange thing being that she wakes up fine, has breakfast, eats, drinks, plays, pees. Then around 4pm or after she wil again say her tummy hurts and will vomit many times in a few hours, she won’t eat, drink, pee or have medicine and won’t let anyone touch her. This normally lasts each evening until she goes to bed and then once again, come morning she’s fine. It’s like a real Groundhog Day.

She does not have any diarreah at all nor headaches, just tummy ache and by the looks of it; a generally uncomfortable feeling in her body. Sometimes her cheeks will go bright red and her arms flushed, no rash and no temperature.

So I’ve had her at the doctors now 3 times in the space of 8 days? Including one longish trip to the out of hours clinic. They have not got a bloody clue! Ruled out a UTI, norovirus, tummy bug and constipation, had her on antibiotics then told me to stop them, gave lactolose and calpol and that’s it. I have to take her back again tomorrow and I am hoping they refer us straight to hospital for tests as she can’t go on like this.

I’m keeping food and sickness diary incase of an allergy but find it bizarre as to why she woujd be sick same time if an allergy. I have found something on google search called Cyclic vomiting syndrome which sounds just like her symptoms and allergies/intolerant is still a consideration. I do not even want to think about the more serious stuff that it could be.

I am worried sick as well as being tired and worn out, mainly with worry and although she’s fine through the night she will cry to sleep with me when unwell.

I also have two other kids to look after and no family around to help and with it being school hols it is much harder. 

I really hope I get some answers soon and it’s nothing too serious. 

If ant parents reading this have had a similar experience or if any doctors are reading please share your thoughts. Thanks.


  1. August 3, 2016 / 21:02

    Oh no! How worrying! I don’t have any advice but I hope you get some answers soon….
    Sending love and hugs x

    • August 3, 2016 / 21:16

      Thanks Kim, it’s worrying, in my bed again tonight

  2. Hazel Rea
    August 3, 2016 / 21:10

    I know what you are going through. My daughter started experiencing severe vomiting episodes just before she was three – she would be so sick she would end up bringing up blood. She ended up in hospital on a drip for five days on three occasions as she was bringing up so much blood – and we had other episodes inbetween. Then it was called the “periodic syndrome” – as the consultant said it was called that because it came periodically and it was a syndrome – it didn’t mean they actually knew what it was. I kept very careful records and identified a pattern – the triggers seemed to be that she would have an attack at 4 am if she hadn’t had some toast or cereal before going to bed, she could eat chocolate before 4pm but if she ate it after then she would have an attack, she could eat ham at lunchtime but again not for her evening meal. As my husband does have migraine I suspected it was a form of migraine and some years later “abdominal migraine” became a recognized condition. Once I treated her as having suspected migraine, we avoided her triggers. The 4 am one I suspected was low blood sugar and we managed to head off attacks during the day if I noticed her going pale and quiet by having her immediately eat a small sugary biscuit or some cereal depending on where we were. After that we had no more hospital episodes and as she got older she knew herself when she should eat something.

    • August 3, 2016 / 21:16

      Thanks. I have only been writing it all down for just over a week so no real patterns or triggers that j can spot so far. She wil have breakfast and lunch but usually unwell for tea time so nothing else. It looks like she’s losing weight too. I hope we get refered to hospital soon

      • Hazel Rea
        August 4, 2016 / 16:31

        It is very worrying to watch – my daughter used to lose one fifth of her bodyweight when she had the attacks which put her in hospital. We’d just get her weight back up when another one would happen. It was so severe I was taught how to do the meningitis tests (bending knees up etc.) just in case we misdiagnosed it as one of her attacks – and was told to always get a doctor’s opinion if I was even slightly unsure. The first time she went in she was tested for all the nasty things it could have been (many of which had not occurred to me) and a Registrar trying to reassure me said, “Don’t worry, we’ve typed her blood in case she haemorrages.” I wouldn’t have believed that something so “simple” as abdominal migraine could have been so severe. I hope you can find out soon what is making your daughter so ill.

  3. Teresa sheldon
    August 3, 2016 / 22:50

    I really hope you get some positive news from the Docters tomorrow will be thinking of you, I’m just sorry I can’t tell you what it is

  4. Louise Driscoll
    August 4, 2016 / 18:06

    I had abdominal migraines as a child which sounds similar to your daughter’s condition. Does anyone in the family suffer from migraines?

    • August 4, 2016 / 18:42

      At hospital now doing tests X

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