4 yr old "I can't stop swallowing"

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robspect
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   Posted 10/1/2012 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
So my 4 year old has been having trouble going to sleep and staying asleep (a normal problem for young children, right?)

Recently, however, she has been saying "I can stop swallowing" when she's lying in bed and I can see that she repeatedly swallows. I offer her water, which she some times takes but it doesn't seem to really help. Some times she'll be up for hours complaining about this. I really hope she is not getting GERD.

Anyone have a child with GERD that complained about having to swallow all the time? Or how did they describe what they were feeling?

kyheart
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   Posted 10/1/2012 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
My advice would be to take her to the doctor and explain this as you did here.. if possible go to a gastroenterologist.. the reflux caused me to have constant mucous drainage when I would lay down to sleep at nite. I too had to keep swallowing.. don't hesitate.. your child can only explain what she feels like.. have it checked out.. may be allergies?? who knows but, don't discount it...

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dencha
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   Posted 10/1/2012 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi robspect,
Definitely discuss this with your pediatrician.  Actually it sounds more like a nervous tic, and she can't stop doing it because once those things start, it's hard to stop.  Has she started nursery school recently, or did she start something new? 
 
At times a change in routine and a stressful situation can create some sleep issues as well as nervous tics.  My oldest son had a throat clearing tic, and he always started it early in the school year.  It tended to resolve as the year went on and he adjusted to his classroom. 
 
I wouldn't jump to the GERD conclusion, although of course, it's possible.  Your pediatrician will know what direction to take this in.  If it were a tic, the trick is ignoring it.  Bringing attention to the behavior only makes it worse.
 
Good luck figuring it all out!
Let us know what your doc says.
Best wishes,
Denise
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mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 10/2/2012 2:11 AM (GMT -6)   
In a 4 year old I'd say it's more likely an ENT problem unless you already know she's got stomach issues. Post nasal drip or adenoid or tonsil problems or aero-allergens are probably better candidates than GERD - just my best guess!

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dencha
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   Posted 10/2/2012 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi robspect,
MMM has a point...hence, a visit to the pediatrician to see what's going on, no matter what the cause.  No sense in seeking out the help of a specialist until your child's PCP has helped you sort things out.  Hopefully all will work itself out with minimal intervention.  Poor little sweetie!  What an annoying thing for her to have to deal with it. 
Best of luck,
Denise

robspect
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   Posted 10/2/2012 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
She did start kindergarten a few weeks ago! It would be great if that's just what was causing it. She did fine last night. I've come down with some congestion too, which maybe i got from her. Maybe she just had phlegm stuck in the back of her throat? I just get a little freaked out anytime any of my kids (three girls) show any signs of possible reflux. Thanks all for the advice. I'll keep an eye on her. she's turning 5 in a few weeks so I'll ask her pediatrician at her check up.

kyheart
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   Posted 10/2/2012 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
robspect

I didn't intend to sound like an alarmist.. Sorry.. just saying if it should continue don't hesitate to seek out the reason for the issue, if one isn't sure don't be afraid to seek another opinion.... many times it is nothing.. once in a while it could be.. I always took my kids to our family doctor.. back then we didn't have pediatricians that insurance would cover.. they were "specialists".

Happy to hear she is better..
Sandi
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