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Dealing with Abdominal Cramps

Dealing with Abdominal Cramps

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Abdominal cramps or stomach pain is one of the most common complaints among kids.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Causes

There could be several reasons for stomach ache that include:

Simple measures such as practicing good hand hygiene, avoiding overeating and fatty foods, including fibre rich foods and plenty of water in the diet can help prevent tummy troubles in your child.

  • Constipation: This is the most common cause for abdominal pain. If your child has not passed stools for a while or his or her bowel movements are hard, then it can cause constipation.
  • Diarrhea: Sometimes stomach infections result in runny, watery bowel movements inducing abdominal pain.
  • Excessive consumption of food: Often kids get abdominal pain due to overeating or eating spicy food. Abdominal cramps can also occur if a child suffers from food allergy.
  • Infections: Other than stomach infections, sore throat, pneumonia, ear infection and urinary tract infections might cause abdominal pain.
  • Appendicitis or other painful problems: If it hurts on lower right side of the abdomen it might indicate appendicitis.

Signs and Symptoms

Younger children might be unable to verabilse what they are feeling. Your child may be suffering from abdominal pain if he/she:

  • Becomes very fussy
  • Draws up their legs up toward the belly
  • Does not eat properly

Here are some tips that can help you manage the problem:

  • When the pain is milder, try to make the child lie quietly for some time.
  • Ensure that your child drinks lot of water or clear fluids.
  • Pose your child to pass stool.
  • In case the pain is severe, contact your doctor immediately.

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