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Anxiety equals vomit

Wednesday, 12 June 2019  |  Mummy and Little Me

Anxiety Related Vomit In A Toddler


Not the nicest title for a blog post I am well aware.


But the truth is this is something that has an enormous impact on our life.


For the Lion, anxiety equals vomit. The correlation is simple and straightforward. But sadly, as hard as we try lowering those anxiety levels is something that is much much harder indeed.


We have spent, the last two years trying to figure out the cause of just why he vomits so frequently. We have seen multiple professionals, and asked them all the same question - did they think his vomiting could in fact be anxiety induced.


We were assured on multiple occasions that this wasn’t the case in any way shape or form, that’s was too young to be so affected by anxiety.


“Take him off dairy” they advised.


“Put him on reflux meds” another said.


But the truth is, both of these paths are paths we have already trodden, to absolutely no avail.


We knew they wouldn’t work. We knew it wasn’t that.


So now we know, when vomit appears, we have got it wrong.


We know next time we need to do things differently.


And given the amount of vomit last December brought, that’s a month we are definitely going to have tread carefully in.


It appears like his big sister before him, anxiety is caused not only by those things that worry him, but by those that excite him.


It’s a fine line to walk as a parent. Knowing that joy can also cause pain. There is ying and a yang to everything we do, everything we say, everything we feel.


There are times I struggle more than others with the path that our lives has taken, and I won’t lie, for me this one of the hardest times. To look at your child, feeling wretched and sick, and knowing that there is nothing you can do to make it go away. Knowing that all you can do is pray that the time after you will get it right.


Even though, you’re not sure how you got it wrong.


I could tell you I hate their autism. But actually that wouldn’t be true. Because there are many positives about their autism.


This just isn’t one of them.


But I know, that like the other things they struggle with, this too will pass in time. Together we will learn strategies, ways forward, ways to reduce the risk of anxiety overtaking them.


We will find our way through, so that the good days can be good days.


Because together we can achieve anything.

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