When your child is not feeling well:
Stomach pain makes parents worried about appendicitis. But this is unusual in very young children. Some of the common triggers of stomach pain fall into different categories.
Constipation often is blamed for abdominal pain, and while it’s rarely a problem in younger infants, it’s a common cause of pain in older children, especially in the lower part of the abdomen. When a child’s diet lacks plenty of fluids, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fiber-rich in whole grains, bowel problems are more likely to occur.
Milk allergy is a reaction to the protein in milk and can produce cramping abdominal pain, often accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, and skin rash.
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are much more common in one- to five-year-old girls than in younger children. UTIs produce discomfort in the abdomen and the bladder area, as well as some pain and burning when urinating.
Strep throat is a throat infection caused by bacteria called streptococci. It frequently occurs in children over three years of age. The symptoms and signs usually include a sore throat, fever, and abdominal pain. There may be some vomiting and headache as well. If you are concerned, contact us as we may want to examine your child and swab her throat to check for strep infection. If the results are positive for strep, appropriate treatment is suggested.
Source: Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5: 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics
Loose stools are not uncommon and usually is not serious. In mild cases, even with 5-6 loose bowel movements in a 24 hours period with no fever, no vomiting and you child is happy and does not appear ill. Your major focus should be on replacing the "lost" fluid by giving a frequent small amount of clear liquid e.g. Pedialyte, Chamomile tea. Avoid all dairy products. Severe diarrhea can be serious business particularly when associated with vomiting and may warrant a trip to the emergency room if it happens after hours, otherwise, we are available to walk you through the problems.