What Causes A Stomach Ache in Children?
It is important to take the time to find out what is causing your child’s stomach pain. The most common causes are constipation, diarrhea and/or vomiting. If your child has an ear infection, urinary tract infection or some other type of infection, this may contribute to a stomach ache. If your child ate a food that was too spicy, too greasy, or something that was spoiled, this may cause stomach pains. Children can be lactose intolerant, just like adults, and that would definitely cause an upset stomach. If your child is worried about an upcoming test or sports game, this may give them a stomach ache as well. Please keep in mind that it is important that you are able to distinguish between regular stomach issues and something more serious, like appendicitis. If your child is in extreme pain, take them to the doctor right away.
There are several different ways to help cure a stomach ache in children. Start by applying heat to your child’s stomach with a hot water bottle or heating pad. This is usually very comforting and may be all that your child needs to calm their stomach down. Give your child’s stomach some time off by having them drink lots of clear liquids like water and flat soda. Ginger is a natural way to cure a stomach ache in children and you can give your child ginger ale. Also, chamomile tea is good to give to younger children and older children can have peppermint tea.
Check to see if you child needs to have a bowel movement and make sure your child always has a regular time of day to be able to relax and use the toilet. If you feel your child’s stomach ache is stress related, take some time to sit and relax with your child and find out what the cause may be.
Although there is no way to completely prevent your child from getting stomach aches, there are some easy ways to help keep your child’s stomach pain free and in good working order. It is extremely important to make sure that your child does not overeat. Often indigestion and excess gas can be the cause of their stomach ache.
Make sure your child eats plenty of foods high in fiber, especially fruits and vegetables. Always check to make sure they wash their hands before eating. It is also important that your child does not eat right before bedtime. Children need to get plenty of sleep so their stomach is able to rest and your child can feel their best all day long.
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