Jul 8, 2011

5 common causes of abdominal pain in children

/ On : 7:16 AM
GladChild: Pain in the abdomen can be a common complaint for children and make him uncomfortable. But this pain can be caused by many things, to know that children have a common cause of abdominal pain.

In determining the cause of abdominal pain in children somewhat complicated, because not only look at the part where the pain is present but have also noticed other symptoms that accompany it.

If your child experiencing abdominal pain when he was in school, it could be caused by stress. If he complained of stomach ache after eating too much, it could be a result of eating too much. But if the pain is accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or fever then it is likely a sign of something serious.

Here are some common causes of abdominal pain in children as quoted from babycenter:

1. Gastroenteritis
If the child has vomiting or diarrhea, abdominal pain when there is a possibility he had gastroenteritis (inflammation of the intestine) caused by viral infection (rotavirus, adenovirus, and astrovirus Caliciviruses) or bacteria (Salmonella, Shigella, Staphylococcus, Campylobacter, or E. coli).

If this condition causes vomiting, diarrhea, fever and loss of appetite then make sure kids eat a lot of fluids to avoid dehydration. In addition there is no harm brought to the doctor to prevent more serious conditions.

2. Milk allergy and lactose intolerance
Milk allergy is most common in infants and children with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and a rash on the skin caused by the immune system respond to the protein in milk. While lactose intolerance occurs because the body does not produce enzymes to digest lactose with symptoms including diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, bloating and gas.

Usually the doctor will recommend stopping giving all dairy products over several days and gradually give it more. If the abdominal pain recurred, then dairy products can be suspected as the culprit.

3. Constipation and changes in food
This condition is most common in children. If the child has abdominal pain accompanied by difficulty of defecation (BAB) then help him by providing food that could facilitate his BAB as apricots, pears and peas and avoid bananas, apples, carrots and rice. In addition it sports a bowel movement can also help to reduce constipation.

4. Appendicitis
Classic symptoms that arise are abdominal pain, especially in the lower right abdomen, fever and vomiting. If given acetaminophen, but his fever was reduced and the pain worsened should be immediately taken to the doctor because she might have appendicitis.

5. Flatulence by gas
If your child experiencing abdominal pain after eating lots of juices such as apple and cherry juice that contains sorbitol (a sugar that is difficult to digest), foods with high gas content, it could be stomach pain arising from a bloated stomach by gas.

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