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Paleo foods to feed a child who has been throwing up all day?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM

My stepson seems to get sick a lot. It always happens the day or day after we get him from his mom's house (not paleo). The poor kid will start throwing up in the morning and not stop until 3-4pm. This has happened 4 times in the past two years.

We eat pretty strict paleo in our house, no naturally that's the only kind of food we have. Having him eat paleo at one house and not at the other has been a challenge itself but my husband and I are going to stick to our guns and feed him the way we believe is the healthiest.

Only problem is he fights us on a regular basis even when not sick. When he's sick... absolutly doesn't want anything paleo. Tried to feed him bone broth, and he think's it's gross and wont eat it. I'm at a loss for what will help him sooth his stomach.

Any ideas from you experienced paleohackers out there?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 26, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Sorry, I do see that you answered that it was "usually eggs"

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 26, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Right Danielle. More info would sure help. It could be coincidence but... I would want to know. Has it always happened after a breakfast of eggs? Geez you would think that even at a household eating a SAD they would have eaten eggs before!? Then again, most moms are not as with it as you!

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

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on July 26, 2012
at 06:50 PM

Then again, it's twice per year at our house (which is less than 50% of the time). Who knows how much it happens at his mom's. Guess this is where a better communication process can help come into play.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Nothing that i've noticed. This has happened only 4 times in the past year - not enough for me to correlate it to car sickness but enough for me to feel concerned. Although this is my first child so who knows... maybe this kind of sickness twice a year is normal for kids?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 26, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Thanks for clarifying this. Is there something about the car ride or bus ride to school when he's with you? Just wondering if he is prone to getting car sick easily?

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 02:37 AM

Why the down votes?

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 02:36 AM

Eggs usually. That's a good idea. I will try to eliminate these and see if the situation improves.

0faecc3397025eab246241f4dcd81f5e

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on July 26, 2012
at 01:50 AM

What does he eat for breakfast? Maybe that is what is making him throw up. For example - eggs are one of the top 8 allergens.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:43 AM

Wow great idea, Chelsea! Thanks I will try that.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:43 AM

He is 6 years old. His diet at home is a typical SAD diet - cereal daily, pasta, donuts, fast food. The exact OPPOSITE of paleo. His mother is very overweight and unhealthy - as my husband can vouch for.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:42 AM

So you think I should not be trying to feed him anything? This is actually an interesting thought. If he continually throws up the food, maybe you are right. Let it pass then once he comes out of it let him eat as much as he'd like. Great response, thanks Bill.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:40 AM

Julianne, you are right about communication here. We definitely need to be doing a better job of this for his sake. Thank you for your response.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:39 AM

Thank you for your response. I do not want to let up on the food in my house - healthy is healthy and I'm not feeding him pasta and cereal and donuts which he gets on a weekly basis at his mom's. It's funny because this only happens right when he comes from his house. He has never once been sick after being fed a paleo diet for more than a few days. This just confirms my beliefs that we are doing the right thing for him. Thanks, JayJay.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Tea is a good idea. Thank you!

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:36 AM

He is 6. I am certain he is not throwing up on purpose. I know I said he battles food, but it's not as much as you might think. He'll eat breakfast fine, make it to school and start to throw up - often. I appreciate your response. The way we compromise in our house is he's allowed to eat whatever he wants when we go out - just not in the house. I think that's fair. He doesn't hate coming to his dad's house at this time and he is learning little by little about healthier foods. It's a process. There is progression, I just don't want to feed him food I know is detrimental to his health.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

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on July 25, 2012
at 10:15 PM

JayJay is right. So many parents are afraid of their children not eating 3 square meals a day. If they willingly skip a meal (unlikely) they'll simply be fasting. Adults aren't the only ones that benefit from fasting. If your child doesn't eat what you put in front of him, he doesn't get to eat. I'd suggest putting your child on an autoimmune protocol is he reacts so violently to non-paleo food.

1ea8d17bad42dc54fb7a8a178e3db309

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on July 25, 2012
at 09:00 PM

I like this answer. A less conflict-heavy relationship is way more important than food. And I am way into food. But I've been around long enough to see that food is NOT the only important thing there is in life. Thanks for these words of wisdom.

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0faecc3397025eab246241f4dcd81f5e

(2361)

on July 25, 2012
at 10:42 PM

This is a pretty strong reaction to food. Throwing up is not a healthy response. I'd suggest getting his tested for food sensitivities or figure out what he is reacting to. No-one should be feeding a kid food that makes him throw up for hours the next day.

Does his mother know he does this? She needs to - I would never want that for my kid despite being in conflict with the other parent.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:40 AM

Julianne, you are right about communication here. We definitely need to be doing a better job of this for his sake. Thank you for your response.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on July 25, 2012
at 08:17 PM

How old is he?

This makes me wonder if he is throwing up "on purpose" or stress related, because he doens't want what you are feeding him.

While I can appreciate that you want to feed him healthy food, I think modeling such a degree of inflexibility has serious, drawbacks. Perhaps you can compromise a bit and give him food he is used to.

Step-parenting, combining families is hard enough. Why battle about food?
I personally would be much more concerned about having a loving and mutually positive relationship with him. He is going to despise coming over if you won't feed him things that he is used to. Kids don't like that kind of change.

What's the point of having him eat Paleo if he hates coming to his dad's.. .which will happen, over time, I suspect.

I personally would want to have a less conflict heavy relationship with my step-kids rather than battle over food.
Its a lost cause anyway. Whenever parents battle over food with a child, the parents will lose - as you cannot make him eat or not eat and he may in fact be showing you that now....

If he really is sick, feed him bananas and rice.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:36 AM

He is 6. I am certain he is not throwing up on purpose. I know I said he battles food, but it's not as much as you might think. He'll eat breakfast fine, make it to school and start to throw up - often. I appreciate your response. The way we compromise in our house is he's allowed to eat whatever he wants when we go out - just not in the house. I think that's fair. He doesn't hate coming to his dad's house at this time and he is learning little by little about healthier foods. It's a process. There is progression, I just don't want to feed him food I know is detrimental to his health.

0faecc3397025eab246241f4dcd81f5e

(2361)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:50 AM

What does he eat for breakfast? Maybe that is what is making him throw up. For example - eggs are one of the top 8 allergens.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 26, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Thanks for clarifying this. Is there something about the car ride or bus ride to school when he's with you? Just wondering if he is prone to getting car sick easily?

1ea8d17bad42dc54fb7a8a178e3db309

(603)

on July 25, 2012
at 09:00 PM

I like this answer. A less conflict-heavy relationship is way more important than food. And I am way into food. But I've been around long enough to see that food is NOT the only important thing there is in life. Thanks for these words of wisdom.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 26, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Right Danielle. More info would sure help. It could be coincidence but... I would want to know. Has it always happened after a breakfast of eggs? Geez you would think that even at a household eating a SAD they would have eaten eggs before!? Then again, most moms are not as with it as you!

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Nothing that i've noticed. This has happened only 4 times in the past year - not enough for me to correlate it to car sickness but enough for me to feel concerned. Although this is my first child so who knows... maybe this kind of sickness twice a year is normal for kids?

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 02:36 AM

Eggs usually. That's a good idea. I will try to eliminate these and see if the situation improves.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 06:50 PM

Then again, it's twice per year at our house (which is less than 50% of the time). Who knows how much it happens at his mom's. Guess this is where a better communication process can help come into play.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 26, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Sorry, I do see that you answered that it was "usually eggs"

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on July 25, 2012
at 09:14 PM

He could be losing electrolytes. If he appears lethargic then give him Pedialyte. He may need to be evaluated by his pediatrician if this happens on a regular basis. Agree with Crowlover that this can become a losing battle. The important thing is to do what is best for your step-son even if it's not paleo. Good luck to all of you!

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on July 25, 2012
at 09:06 PM

Good ole fashion chicken broth.

And I disagree with the comments about you needing to let up on the food. My house my rules as the saying goes. Why should you have to relent when it's the other household that's the problem? Feed the kid real food and call it a day. If he gets hungry enough he'll eat it....if not then I guess he gets to fast till he goes back to mom....no worries it won't kill him.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on July 25, 2012
at 10:15 PM

JayJay is right. So many parents are afraid of their children not eating 3 square meals a day. If they willingly skip a meal (unlikely) they'll simply be fasting. Adults aren't the only ones that benefit from fasting. If your child doesn't eat what you put in front of him, he doesn't get to eat. I'd suggest putting your child on an autoimmune protocol is he reacts so violently to non-paleo food.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:39 AM

Thank you for your response. I do not want to let up on the food in my house - healthy is healthy and I'm not feeding him pasta and cereal and donuts which he gets on a weekly basis at his mom's. It's funny because this only happens right when he comes from his house. He has never once been sick after being fed a paleo diet for more than a few days. This just confirms my beliefs that we are doing the right thing for him. Thanks, JayJay.

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2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

on July 26, 2012
at 12:09 AM

A quick dose of acv and your cured! If he is really picky about the taste add a little sparkling water and honey to the apple cider vinegar and it tastes just like gingerale.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:43 AM

Wow great idea, Chelsea! Thanks I will try that.

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on July 25, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Still need to know how old he is.

Also, what is the typical diet at the other home?

If he is throwing up a lot of the time after returning home, he does need to be tested for food sensitivities. That's not normal. Arrange something with your doctor. ASAP.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:43 AM

He is 6 years old. His diet at home is a typical SAD diet - cereal daily, pasta, donuts, fast food. The exact OPPOSITE of paleo. His mother is very overweight and unhealthy - as my husband can vouch for.

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1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

on July 25, 2012
at 10:59 PM

Throwing up? Kids are prone to stomach viruses. They usually last right about 24 hrs. No food for 24hrs from the onset. Then try Some water and white rice to see if it stays down. Nothing until that stays down and he/she is hungry.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:42 AM

So you think I should not be trying to feed him anything? This is actually an interesting thought. If he continually throws up the food, maybe you are right. Let it pass then once he comes out of it let him eat as much as he'd like. Great response, thanks Bill.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on July 25, 2012
at 08:27 PM

This sounds like a stomach bug. Usual way we treat it is to make mint tea and have him/her drink it cold/luke warm, slowly, a few sips at a time until it's over. Mint helps settle the stomach, and since it's tea it provides fluids to prevent dehydration.

Coconut oil might help with this as it's antibacterial.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Tea is a good idea. Thank you!

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