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Is it normal for my baby to throw up after coughing?

Is it normal for my baby to throw up after coughing?

No: If it happens infrequently it is unlikely to be a concern. However, if it is persistent or becoming more frequent, it can be a sign of reflux, breathing or heart problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Do all babies throw up after coughing?

Do all babies throw up after coughing?

Yes: We call this "post tussive emesis" - doctor speak for cough induced vomiting. It is very common and is not a cause for alarm. If it persists for more than 3-5 days, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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My baby always throws up after coughing, should I call my doctor?

My baby always throws up after coughing, should I call my doctor?

Yes: Always is a very powerful word....So if your baby always throws up after coughing, i would want him seen. Food is meant to go down the digestive tract, not up (except when one has a stomach bug). (s)he could just have reflux or perhaps a mild respiratory condition. When parents use "always" and "never" and mean it, i generally want to evaluate that child. ...Read more

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My two month has a a cough.. Hes drinking his formula fine. Normal throw ups. No fever and not hot to the touch. What can i do to ease this cough away?

My two month has a a cough.. Hes drinking his formula fine. Normal throw ups. No fever and not hot to the touch. What can i do to ease this cough away?

Cough: Elevate his head and keep the room he is in cool and not too dry. Use gentle saline for any secretions that require suctioning. If he develops problems breathing or is not feeding well, have him seen. All the best. ...Read more

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I have a cold and today i started coughing and i can hear a wezzy sound and i cough so hard i throw up is this normal ?

I have a cold and today i started coughing and i can hear a wezzy sound and i cough so hard i throw up is this normal ?

Cough: A few things can present with cough and wheezes that occurs during cold / flu like symptoms like bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis... The most common one is underlying asthma. Severe coughing might cause vomiting. I suggest you see a local physician. ...Read more

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2/22/15 fever.26th normal. Afternoon 27th fever w/cough till now it hasnt gone away ive tried everything,but I feel mucus and I throw up last meal?

2/22/15 fever.26th normal. Afternoon 27th fever w/cough till now it hasnt gone away ive tried everything,but I feel mucus and I throw up last meal?

Fever comes and goes: I suspect that you have a viral bronchitis. I would try plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, mucinex (guaifenesin) or Guafenesin 400 or 600 mg either 6 or 4 times a day (2400 mg a day) and acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the fever. The sensation of wanting to vomit is from swallowing mucus which irritates the stomach ...Read more

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Is my son lactose intolerant? I'm asking because after my son drinks mill, within minutes he throws up. No temp, no cough! acts normal until he drinks milk. He also refuses to eat cheese. However, he eats things that have milk in them. He is 19 months.

Is my son lactose intolerant? I'm asking because after my son drinks mill, within minutes he throws up. No temp, no cough! acts normal until he drinks milk. He also refuses to eat cheese. However, he eats things that have milk in them. He is 19 months.

Lactose : Lactose intolerance typically causes cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and gas. Immediate vomiting after milk leads me to think he might have a milk allergy. Most kids with milk allergies outgrow them, but some can become worse over time and kids with one food allergy might be predisposed to others. Knowing his risks can help introducing new foods. Talk with his doctor about this. ...Read more

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Dear doctor, my baby 10 wk always flexes his body after feed and throws up as he does this. Why do babies flex so much? Is it normal or something?

Dear doctor, my baby 10 wk always flexes his body after feed and throws up as he does this. Why do babies flex so much?  Is it normal or something?

Reflux: Gastroesophageal reflux happens in babies sometimes. It can be associated with fussing after feeds, arching, spitting, and hiccuping. Make sure that you are holding your baby upright after feeds, burp him well, and don't over feed him. See your doctor if it is getting worse. ...Read more

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Why do I throw up when I cough?

Why do I throw up when I cough?

Reflex: Coughing increases your intra abdominal pressure, decreases the pressure in the chest when you breath in. Sometimes this induces reflux acid to come up into the esophagus. You may induce a gag reflex like this or from thick mucus. That types of spasms can be a part of a particular illness called pertussis that you could get checked for. ...Read more

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What should I do if you are breathless, wheezy, cough, and dizzy after coughing?

What should I do if you are breathless, wheezy, cough, and dizzy after coughing?

See doctor...: Your symptoms are likely due to bronchospasm and airway inflammation. You will likely need a beta- agonist inhaler and a steroid inhaler. Shortness of breath can be a life-threatening symptom so you need to see a doctor asap so your symptoms can be evaluated and treatment rendered. ...Read more

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My son 10 years old has bad cough past 2 days hasnt slept and now he throws up due to cough?

My son 10 years old has bad cough past 2 days hasnt slept and now he throws up due to cough?

Better C his doctor: not sleeping well and throwing up due to cough needs to be attended to by his doctor, it could upper or lower airways problem, requiring prescription medications, good luck ...Read more

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I just swallowed a hair rubber band and i'm really scared. I also unsuccessfully tried to cough and throw it up. Am i going to be okay?

I just swallowed a hair rubber band and i'm really scared. I also unsuccessfully tried to cough and throw it up. Am i going to be okay?

You will be fine: Take a deep breath and relax. If all you swallowed was a rubber band then your body will just pass it right through. Just think of it as a big piece of calamari. ...Read more

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Cough that makes me feel almost like i'm going to throw up? Is that whooping cough?

Cough that makes me feel almost like i'm going to throw up? Is that whooping cough?

Not necessarily...: Any cough can make you nauseous and whooping cough is just one of many cough etiologies. For specific diagnosis and treatment, you need to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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My father has had a chronic cough for over four years. What could be the cause? He often times throws up after a coughing episode.

Smoker?: There are a number of common things that cause a chronic cough. Post nasal drip from allergies is one, asthma is another, reflux disease, and emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Throwing up after a coughing episode is called post-tussive emesis. That is pretty normal. ...Read more

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Every night for the past 2 weeks at 2 or 3 my 12 mo old throws up from dry cough! how and whys this happening? What can I do to help her?

Every night for the past 2 weeks at 2 or 3 my 12 mo old throws up from dry cough! how and whys this happening? What can I do to help her?

May be a few things: This could be from inflamed airways in the chest, either due to a viral infection (called bronchiolitis) or early-onset asthma. If she has eczema or if there are allergies or asthma in the family, i'd consider this. It is possible, but less likely, that this is backwash of stomach acid ("reflux"). Finally, it could actually be whooping cough ("pertussus") or a related infection. See her doc. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Vomiting (Definition)

Vomiting = expulsion of stomach ...Read more