Tummy aches are a very common symptom in toddlers and young children. Most children experience abdominal pain at some point for various reasons.
Holistic GP, Dr Ela Manga explains the causes of tummy aches:
- The most common cause of generalised abdominal pain in toddlers is related to an imbalance in their digestive function.
- Tummy aches associated with less frequent bowel movements, difficulty in passing a stool, or a harder stool than normal, point to constipation as the cause.
- A sudden cramp like pain may be caused by a gas build up.
- Food allergies and intolerances are common triggers for tummy aches. In this case, the tummy ache will occur after eating certain kinds of food.
- Stress and emotional factors also have to be considered, especially as toddlers have difficulty in expressing their feelings and tend to internalise them.
- If the tummy ache is associated with a fever, this probably indicates that there’s an infective process caused by a virus, bacteria or parasite.
- Urinary tract infections can also cause abdominal pain.
“Always look at the tummy ache in context of other symptoms and consult your doctor if the stomach pain doesn’t settle within a few hours,” recommends Dr Manga.
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