Needing advice on my daughters phobia

I need to advise on my daughter’s phobia. Hello everyone! I have a question about irrational fears of vomiting. My daughter has had a fear of “throw up” for as long as I can remember now. Tonight my son’s tummy was upset, so he went to bed early, and I sent him to bed with a just in case bucket. My ten-year-old daughter was freaking out, I mean losing her mind when it was time to go to bed, begging to sleep in the spare room (her room is across the hall from his). I ended up calming her down enough to get her into bed, but this fear literally runs her life at times. She refuses to see her cousins sometimes because her cousin often throws up if she doesn’t like the food that she has eaten. On Christmas Day, her cousin had ice cream that bothers her tummy, and she completely lost it, ruining her night thinking that her cousin was going to throw up. Anyone else experiences this? Any ideas of how to overcome this crazy fear of vomit??


I would definitely get her into a gp then therapist to help with this

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I used to be afraid of throwing up. I had an eating disorder that didn’t help not sure if that was the initial cause, but therapy is my suggestion. Now I have 3 kids and cleaned up enough that I’m over it… but it was a fear of mine at one point. Also, is she afraid of seeing others do it or she is afraid to do it?

I have this same phobia. I puked once when I was pregnant with my first baby. I thought I would die. I am a nurse. I can be around someone throwing up. It doesnt bother me but when it comes to dealing with my own, I just cannot. I would rather die than vomit. A thing that helped me is to always keep pepto, zofran, or some type if nausea medication with me just in case I feel queasy.

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I’m pushing 40 and I have a vomit phobia. Puke is gross.

I’d look into getting her doctor to recommend therapy. Sometimes fears are irrational and unless she can find out the base cause of this phobia, she may never get over it. And while it still could plague her, as some phobias just don’t go away or get “cured” she could possibly learn how to deal with it better instead of losing her mind at the thought of vomit.


It’s just like any other phobia. Spiders, tight spaces, etc. She probably wont grow out of it.

I hate to throw up also, just hearing that the stomach bug is going around I go in panic mode. I keep promethazine for nausea on hand and I start drinking grape juice daily, because I heard that it keeps the bug from getting comfy.

I have an irrational fear of throwing up as well, it will trigger severe anxiety attacks. I have tried a lot of remedies over the years and there are some that work and some that don’t. I know that taking a walk helps me calm down. My husband has to remind me that I am fine. I now have zofran on hand for peace of mind. Be supportive. Try really hard to understand that most of us that have this phobia understand that no one likes throwing up but are genuinely terrified of it. Be patient. Eventually the attack of anxiety will calm down.

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My ten year old is exactly the same - for years she freaked out if someone vomitted - as distessing as it is believe me they do grow out of it. Talk to your GP if your worried. Good Luck :blush:

OH MY GOD MY DAUGHTER IS EXACTLY LIKE THIS AND SHE’S 10 TOO!!! She is like me in the sense that if she gets a virus, she throws up so much for 2days that it makes her throat bleed. I have had GERD my whole life and horrible ulcers for as long as i can remember and throwing up burns so bad that it makes me throw up more. Her and i both will hold it in as long as we can until it just explodes out of our mouths! I have yet to find a way to help her with it, therapy has covered it before a few times. But she wont go anywhere during virus season. And at school she goes through one of those mini germx bottles in a couple of days, so ive had to get her the hydrating aloe kind for the past few years because her skin would crack. Sorry this is so long, ive just mever seen anyone have a kid with that same issue! I was told it is just something they have to grow out of so idk, but youre not alone lol

I also suffer from this phobia, it’s called Emetophobia. I’ve had it for as long as I can remember and even though I’m now 34 and know it’s completely irrational I can’t help but to have crazy rituals to ensure I don’t get sick. Now that I have a child it’s even worse, every time there is a child sick in my daughters class I freak out in my head for days wondering if my daughters next and if it will go through the entire house. Definitely look I to Cognitive behavioral therapy, I wish I had gotten help when I was younger before it got as bad as it is now.

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I have this phobia as well. I bbn have to plug my ears just the thought of it makes me feel uneasy and there is no way i could clean it up.

I can not stand to throw up and get nervous when I am around someone that has had a stomach bug

I was like this. It’s better now that I’ve had my own kids but my daughter got the flu and I lost it but I didn’t have a choice so I had to get myself together. It was the worst thing ever for me.

My son has a diagnosis of adhd and anxiety with some OCD and autistic traits. He is exactly the same. He wont go near anyone if there poorly or have been. He panics over the smallest tummy ache incase he sick, very picky with food quite often thinking things are off or raw. It’s hard.

I don’t think anyone likes vomiting, but I would think it is both the taste and the complete lose of control you feel when you do vomit.

Omg I literally went through this with my 6 year old it was so bad she was refusing to go to school all cause a little boy threw up near her at lunch. We basically talked to her and the school they kept her at the edge of the table at school so she could “ get away quickly “ after a while she realized people won’t throw up near her everyday

My 13 year old is like this. I thought she was just being dramatic. I didn’t know it was real.

My girls like this & she’s 12 :mask: