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What causes black specks in vomit of a child?

Hi! My 3 yr old son vomited twice in the past week and both times it had black specks in it. He was taking an antibotic for a sinus infection, but other than that we don t know what it could be. He seems fine and has no complaints, but we are concerned as you can imagine. He s eating normal and having normal bowel movements. The specks are not from any food that he has eaten. They are small, flat and different shapes. Kind of like when you scrape a coating and it flakes off in all different sizes, some so small you can barely see them, others very noticable. I don t see any in his feces so right now it seems to only be in his vomit. Any thoughts on this? Thank you so much for your time!
Thu, 25 Apr 2019
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Pediatrician, Pulmonology 's  Response
Hi,

I do not think this is due to antibiotic. It could have been a mild gastritis and altered blood due to the gastric acid. If you feel that kid is fine no need to worry about it, but when it happens next time whether you upload a photo here and get back to us or consult his pediatrician with photo.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Thank you.

Regards,
Dr. Sumanth Amperayani
Pediatrician, Pulmonology
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