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Stomachache, what is it hiding?

Stomachache, what is it hiding?

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"My stomach hurts ..." Still! But why ? Anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, infections ... All of the causes that can cause these stomach pains.

The problem

  • Your child complains at the table or right after the meal. He may have eaten too much but it is also possible that his body does not tolerate certain foods. Try to observe if these crises occur systematically after the absorption of milk, fish, soy ...
  • He is constipated. If the stools are hard and rather rare, 48 hours apart or longer, look no further. Constipation, a common phenomenon, can cause acute pain.
  • He has a fever, vomits, suffers from diarrhea... Spasms then probably have nothing to do with recurring pain. It may be a gastroenteritis not to be overlooked. Influenza, angina, infantile diseases are also responsible for the formation of painful ganglia in the belly.
  • It hurts on the right side? If the pain persists and may be accompanied by fever, it may be an appendicitis crisis. Consult without delay so you do not miss a surgical emergency.
  • No fever or other special symptoms? If your child is still complaining the day before a check on Sunday evening or since an event upsets family life (moving, separation, arrival of a little brother ...), we must look for the psychological side. Some annoyances are surely involved.

He has a stomach ache ? Get in touch with the specialist

Your family doctor or your child's pediatrician may prescribe an X-ray and an ultrasound and refer you to a gastroenterologist, a specialist in the digestive system.

  • Wear in the emergency room. If there is any evidence that your child has gastroenteritis, look for stool frequency. If they are very fluid and have vomiting, tell your doctor to prevent dehydration. The younger the patient, the greater the risk.

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