Welcome to the gastroenterology community. How often does this occur? Has he had any testing done? There are many things this could be but he probably needs to get some testing done to determine the cause. Good luck.
See a GI Specialist.
Suggest a CT of his head if this hasn't already happened and Upper GI Scope.
Other suggestions: Constipation - although all of the specialists I have spoken with don't believe that constipation causes vomiting, many people claim that this happens.
I have also been told that food allergies can cause this to happen. Keep a record of what he eats and see if there are any food items that he happens to consistently eat the night before the vomiting.
I would be interested in what you find out. My 5 year old has had this problem since he was 3 and we still don't know why it happens...
Thanks for the replies! it happens about every 3 or 4 months. There are times in between when he feels slightly nauseous in the mornings but nothing like when it really hits for the 3-5 days. He has always had a sensitive stomach, even a strong smell can make him sick to his stomach and unfortunately taking any pills (from advil to antibiotics) makes him feel like throwing up.
He has so far not had any testing done. We live in an area with a severe doctor shortage. It took us 3 years after moving here to find a doctor who would take us on and sadly neither of us feels comfortable or confident with him. He doesnt believe in yearly check ups for kids and tends to hand out antibiotics too freely in my opinion. I have had ongoing health issues that after doing several blood tests he literally through his hands in the air and said "I dont know what else to do for you." I have been reluctant to take my son to him with this when I know he is always rushed and doesnt seem to care. I assume he would have to refer us to a specialist if we needed to see one?
Anyone else going through something similar with their child and gotten any answers?
It seems like he probably needs to get some testing done. It could be cyclic vomiting syndrome but this usually occurs in younger children. I would recommend taking him to another area (maybe a nearby university hospital) to get testing done and possibility a diagnosis.
during my research cyclic vomiting came up quite a bit and sounds very much like what he has. I guess I need to do research now on where I can take him to get checked as we are 2 hours from the nearest big city.
Did you ever find out what was going on with your son? Hope all is good but would appreciate your response as my 17 year old son has similar problem