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My son used to do this. It started at less than 2 years of age. I was told to ignore it, and I did.
But in hindsight, what may have started accidentally , was a reaction to stress. I still stand behind the advice to ignore the vomiting itself, but do take some extra care with the child. The term heightened awareness period refers to those times in development when the child suddenly realizes the world is larger than he previously perceived it to be. This can be very scary and cause a child to want to regress. Allowing him to regress will make him feel safe and in no time at all he will be back to the previous level of independence.
That being said, I later found out that my child was on the autism spectrum, and was physically and sexually abused by his father. I don't want to scare anyone, but there are worse things than a child not wanting to sleep in their own bed. If they are showing signs of stress and want to sleep closer to you, reach out, and be there for him.
My sons vomiting was not part of the bed time routine interruption , but in reading about this issue I've heard mention of it several times.
Just short of 3 years old, hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and we got as far away as we could. He was an abusive man, but I had no idea what he was doing to our son. We stayed gone for 9 months and the vommiting stopped.
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