Last updated on Jan 31st, 2021 at 08:52 pm

3. Tummy ache

The many causes of tummy ache, says Dr Bisseru, include:

  • Bowel (gut) problems such as constipation or irritable bowel
  • An infection
  • Too much food, food poisoning or food allergies and intolerances
  • Reflux
  • Worms
  • Surgical problems such as appendicitis or a bowel obstruction

Sometimes, there is no identifiable cause for abdominal pain.

Sometimes, there is no identifiable cause for abdominal pain.

Symptoms include: 

  • Cramps
  • Associated diarrhoea
  • Upper abdominal pain, which could be due to reflux
  • Associated vomiting (if the vomit is green, it may be due to an obstruction)
  • Blood in the stool
  • Severe pain in the right lower abdominal area, which may be due to appendicitis

Treatment includes:

Pain relief medication such as paracetamol, if the tummy ache is mild, says Dr Moodley, and possible modifications to your child’s diet. “If no cause is found and the tummy ache persists, psychological management may be an option in older children.”

She adds, “Remember to seek immediate medical attention if the tummy ache is accompanied by a sudden onset of fever, blood in stools or yellow-green vomit.”

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If you suspect a reflux-related stomach pain, Dr Schultz suggests using homeopathic remedies such as Ars Album 6ch, Phosphorous 6ch and Robinia 6ch. “However, if the pain is more likely a result of cramp or spasm, Mag Phos 6ch, Colocynthis 6ch and Chamomilla 6ch should offer relief.”

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