Have you ever experienced your toddler vomiting due to constipation? I only ask because I am trying to calm that part of my mind that over-reacts when my child is sick (the part that convinces you that things are worse than they actually are...).
Last bm was last Friday.
Blood in ear on Sunday morning
She has asked every day to sit on the potty and "get the poop out"
Started vomiting Wednesday at 4 am, 6 am, and 2 pm
No fever or lethargy prior to vomiting episodes
DD will be 3 in September. She has been potty trained for a year. We have dealt with constipation since she was born. She receives a daily does of Miralax. Her typical pattern is to have a bm every 4-5 days. There was a constipation post last week and I related to every single response. Her reaction to having a bm is predictable and consistent. She holds it in until the absolute last second. We can always tell the "poop day" by how she is acting. She does the poop dance (on tip toes, butt stuck out) and we make 1000 trips to the potty to wipe before the inevitable happens. She NEVER volunteers to sit on the potty to "get the poop out".
Because the vomiting was sudden and didn't correspond to other viral symptoms, I called the pediatrician. He confirmed that she didn't have a virus and had no signs of infection. We assume that the blood in the ear canal was unrelated and was probably due to a scratch that had already healed. DD's stomach wasn't distended or hard - so he ruled out a blockage. That left vomiting and constipation as the two remaining symptoms. I get that the two are related (or so says Dr. Google). But the lingering doubt comes from the fact that DD's bm cycle wasn't out of the ordinary. We justified her voluntary attempts to sit on the potty to poop as a way to get attention (not in a bad way - but she knows that we will drop everything to go with her to the potty and sit there and scratch her back).
Doctor recommended the dreaded miralax cleanse (which are are doing). I just can't help wondering if the vomiting was actually caused by constipation. AND if not, what would cause the sudden vomiting with no other symptoms?