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Stomach Pain in Kids: Causes and Home Remedies
Like adults, children also go through abdominal pain and it is quite normal. But, if the pain persists for long, visiting a doctor becomes necessary.
Stomach ache in kids can be a side effect of any of many possible health issues. In case of kids until age 5-6 years mainly it happens due to digestion issues. (Gas trouble or constipation)
Most Common Causes of Stomach Ache/Pain in Children
Cause: Bowel Issues
Problems related to bowel movement are the major cause of abdominal pain in children. Children suffering from IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome mainly face bowel related issues. Also, due to irregular bowel habits and constipation, stomach ache happens.
There should be adequate fiber in their diet. Children should adhere to a fixed bowel routine to avoid bowel problems. Also, they should have more fluid intake during the day.
Kids must play for minimum 2 hours a day and must drink enough fluid to avoid repetitive constipation. Medication is important if the problem still remains after trying everything.
Cause: Poor Digestion
It is seen the kids are usually selective in terms of food and what they like the most, they eat it pretty often and then complain about abdominal pain. Vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain are some of the symptoms indicating that the kid is experiencing poor digestion.
Digestive issues occur when nutrients in the food are not absorbed properly. You can either make changes in your child’s diet or go for medication consulting a paediatrician for better absorption of the nutrients. Cauliflower, cabbage, mushrooms and some dairy products cause gas. Children can’t digest everything like adults and hence you can avoid some fruits or vegetables that cause gas. Balance the diet with enough greens, fruits and special digestion-boosters like Overnight-soaked black raisins.
Cause: Food-related Allergies
Some foods are also responsible for abdominal pain in children. Some foods cause allergy while some cause gas. Also, eating too much or food poisoning may cause abdominal pain.
Make a strict eating habit for your child. Don’t let him eat his favorite food frequently. Try adding various healthy elements in his diet and make him eat that so that he doesn’t feel hungry and crave his favorite food all the time. Always use fresh fruits, veggies and other foods to avoid food poisoning. Cut off the foods from his diet that cause allergies. Having many juices during the day including Cheery and Apple Juice also cause abdominal pain. Keep a note of such food items that are making your child’s bowel movement uneasy.
Cause: Infections and Side-effects
Infections in bladder, kidney or/and some other body parts also cause abdominal pain. Gut flu or stomach flu make space for viruses that cause stomach ache. Sometimes, medication for some other health issue can give side effect of stomach pain, e.g. Some Antibiotics can induce nausea and vomiting. (Most of times, doctors give supplementary medication to avoid side effects)
Some antibiotics provide a great relief in bacterial infections. Consult your paediatrician and ask for medicines to fix such problems.
Cause: Functional Stomach Ache
This is a common problem in the children between 5 to 6 years. This issue usually comes and goes. One of the major causes of this problem is academic or personal stress.
Make him do meditation and help him relax his mind and body. When he is happy and stress-free, the functional abdominal pain will gradually go away.
Other Causes: and Solutions
Some other causes of abdominal pain: and Solutions are
1. Intolerance to lactose: Avoid Dairy products.
2. Common cold: Drink enough fluids
3. Infection in urinary tract: Only Medication consulting doctor
4. Blockage in intestine: Only Medication consulting doctor.
It is very important to take measures of abdominal pain before it becomes chronic. If the issue is serious, your child’s paediatrician may ask for stool test, blood test, X-ray, urine test and some other tests. Make sure your child takes sufficient rest and drinks plenty of water and eats fiber-rich foods. In the case of abdominal pain, sometimes eating bland food becomes helpful.
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