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He stuck his fingers down his throat and wouldn`t stop until he vomited

Hi Glenda,
I`m not quite sure if this related to my sons reflux. But the other day my son stuck his fingers in his mouth and tried to shove them down his throat and wouldn`t stop until he garged and vomited.Once he vomited he stopped.He was diagnosed with silent reflux when he was 3 months old.So he doesn`t vomit any way.He is now neally 11 months.The thing is, is he has done this a couple of times now and im worried.At first i thought that maybe he might have had something stuck in his throat but couldn`t find anything.He also seems a bit relieved afterwards.
Thanking you.

Answer: Hi Debbie, That’s an interesting question, and in turn, you may be interested to know that one of the signs of reflux is sticking fingers/fists down their own throat/gagging themselves, so it does sound possible it is related to his reflux. (and if you look on our website – www.reflux.org.au - it is one of the listed signs) Of course it may just be something he has discovered. It can be so hard to work out what is going on. Is he showing any other signs that point towards his reflux not being controlled? Is he happy? Does he feed/eat well? sleep well? is his weight gain appropriate? Does he suffer from lots of infections (e.g. throat, ear, chest?) I would recommend you talk with your doctor over your concerns. It may also help if you kept a written record of his meals, sleeps, behaviours (including sticking his fingers down his throat) – and you may be able to find a pattern. I wonder if it could be related to something he has eaten (or even something you have eaten if you are breastfeeding). Perhaps he has a tickly feeling in his throat too. There could be a lot of reasons why he is doing what he is doing, but I hope that information helps, and good luck finding the answers you need. Best regards, Glenda RISA Inc
Answered: 01 Jun 2009