I am at my wits end & was wondering if there are other Mums out there experiencing similar problems because I am in desperate need of advice.
My 2.5 yr old has been vomiting constantly since birth. When she was younger she would projectile vomit after being fed her formula at least 1- 2 times daily. When she started on solids at four months she would vomit up her purees as well. I kept hoping the situation would improve as she got older but I discovered that she couldn't tolerate any lumpy or chunky foods as she never chews her food but just swallows every mouthful. If there was a stray piece of carrot or pea in her puree, she would gag on it & her entire meal as well as any formula she had drunk earlier, would come up as well. If I was quick enough and able to catch it in the container I always kept nearby, I would measure the contents & discover at least 250 - 300ml of vomit. So at 2.5 yrs old she is still on purees & has never been able to eat any finger foods. If she is offered any she will just hold onto it & lick it but never attempt to take any bites.
She has had all the tests done & doctors have found nothing physically wrong with her. She has been seeing a speech therapist every fortnight for the past 6 months but I have seen no improvement in her symptoms as she is still vomiting up to 8 times per week. Other triggers to her constant gagging & vomiting are excessive coughing, laughing & crying.
To make matters worse my 16 month old is experiencing the same problems although she does not vomit quite as often or in such high volumes. Her major problem is that it takes me 1 hr to feed her as she just holds the food in her mouth & refuses to swallow. She is also still on purees & cannot tolerate lumpy or finger foods either. I am wondering if there is a genetic component to this as the girls 3.5 yr old cousin suffers similar problems & my cousin did as well till she was 11. My husband disagrees & is no help whatsoever as he blames me for the girls feeding problems, telling me that if both girls are constantly vomiting then I must be doing something wrong.
Please help!!! Motherhood is supposed to be a happy and enjoyable experience but I am finding it to be the opposite & each day dread feeding time as all I seem to be doing is mopping up vomit & re-feeding constantly.