Causes and treatments for tummy aches
When your child isn't feeling well, your first instinct may be to call the doctor. However, mild abdominal pain and other tummy troubles typically can be treated at home with over-the-counter medications, home care remedies and rest.
Tummy ache causes
Stomachaches can be caused by a number of things, including acid reflux, constipation, food allergies or intolerance, food poisoning, gas, constipation, indigestion and stomach flu. Although they are quite rare, more serious causes can include appendicitis, bowel obstruction, Crohn's disease and tumors. Abdominal pain is notoriously difficult to pinpoint for a specific problem, but the following types of stomach discomfort can provide a clue to what you're dealing with:
Tummy ache treatments
If your child is experiencing tummy troubles, he should lie down quietly and sip water. Ask your child to try to have a bowel movement. For the first two or three hours, avoid solid foods and then begin feeding your child a mild diet that includes applesauce, crackers or plain rice.
Award-winning holistic nutritionist Jill Troderman suggested the following home remedies (and home prevention!) for tummy aches and pain:
When to call the doctor
Most of the time, tummy troubles will go away without a doctor's visit. However, there are some symptoms that could be a sign of something more serious. If your child experiences any of the following, give your doctor a call.
Almost all kids experience abdominal pain and other tummy troubles at one time or another when they are growing up. Fortunately, it's typically not a sign of anything serious and can be easily treated at home.
Sometimes changing positions can help alleviate abdominal pain. Encourage your child to lie on his side and prop his feet up with a pillow to see if that helps until symptoms subside.
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