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Dealing with stomach aches

A stomachache is one of the most common childhood complaints. Most parents make the simplest of connections assuming that the pain in the stomach must be linked to something their child has eaten that has disagreed with her. However, this blanket assumption does not always hold true. Stomachaches can be a symptom for a variety of ills. 

In babies below the age of three months, a stomachache could signify the dreaded colic. Indigestion can also trigger stomachaches. When the child is around a year old, a stomachache could be an offshoot of a sore throat, cold or flu. This is just the stomach's way of intimating that it too has been affected by the infection. Constipation could be at the root of a stomachache. The pain could manifest itself as a dull ache or a sharp shooting pain. In the case of intestinal infections, vomiting and diarrhoea usually accompany the stomachache. These can also be symptoms of food poisoning. Food poisoning is generally the result of eating food that has not been cooked thoroughly or improperly canned food. 

Children with feeding problems often complain of stomachaches when they come to the table at mealtimes. Since stomachaches are easy to fake, parents sometimes do not give their children the benefit of the doubt. Parents assume that they are pretending in a bid to escape eating a meal. However, it is more likely that their stomachs are knotted with anxiety because mealtimes are such an ordeal. That is why it is important that parents try not to make mealtimes a battlefield. The stomach is an organ that reflects extremes of emotion. A child's first day at school can make his stomach clench with tension. Excitement can also trigger diarrhoea in some children. 

Stomachaches are also associated with intestinal allergies, inflammation of the abdominal lymph glands, kidney disturbances, etc. However, these cases are more infrequent.

But the stomachache that parents really worry about is the one that accompanies appendicitis. The appendix is a small offshoot of the large intestine. The appendix sometimes becomes inflamed and in the worst case scenario it can burst spreading infection throughout the abdomen resulting in peritonitis. An inflamed appendix can reach the bursting point in as little as twenty four hours.

Typically, appendicitis begins as a pain concentrated around the region of the navel that continues for a few hours. This pain later shifts to the lower right side of the abdomen closer to where the appendix is located. The symptoms of appendicitis differ from child to child. Some children may vomit a couple of times; others lose their appetite, become constipated or develop fever. Doctors usually diagnose this condition if they discover a tender area in the right side of the child's abdomen when they feel every part of the abdomen.

Thus, when your child clutches her stomach and complains of a tummy ache it is better to err on the side of caution. Irrespective of whether it is a mild or severe pain, acute or chronic, get it checked by the doctor. It may be nothing at all, but it does no harm to rule out any serious possibilities.

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katlyn.2 months ago
I get daily digestive disturbances and a constant pain in my middle stomach. sometimes its very severe, but to keep it form being severe my doctor keeps a close eye. on a weekly basis my doctor constantly listens and palpates my belly to search for issues. he palpates the stomach deeply for abnormalities, small intestine compressions, and colon palpation for constipation. this keeps my belly from severe pain.
 
 
 
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Apoorv.8 months ago
I don't know why but I get a stomach ache almost daily. My stomach hurts so bad and I end up laying on bed rubbing my tummy. Anyone wanna chat, let me know.
 
 
 
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skate.9 months ago
I could really use a stomach pump. My stomach is so full and bloated, i feel sick to my stomach, but keep eating. there is so much contents in the stomach waiting to come up, i wish i had someone behind me to squeeze my stomach guts as i puke them.
 
 
 
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Padme.1 year ago
I need someone to examine my belly badly. my belly hurts a lot and my intestines feel like they are going to explode. I have horrible sounds coming from my belly no stethoscope needed. you can feel my poor guts writhering in my belly :(
 
 
 
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puja.2 years ago
i don't know why my stomach pains so much..sum times the pain is uncontrollable..if there is some home remedy please suggest..
 
 
 
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sports fan.2 years ago
I went to see my boyfriend Keith on July 23rd his birthday and my mom, my step-dad, my Gram, and I all took Keith out to lunch at Hoss's for his 24th birthday. I forget what my mom, my step-dad, and my Gram got. I do remember that I got chicken parm or something like that and Keith got a Philly cheesesteak. We got seated at our table and I sat next to my Gram and I also sat next to Keith because it was his birthday. We got up and got some salad and stuff from the buffet area and then went and sat back down. Our meals came and we all sat and ate whatever we had ordered. Then came a special piece of cake that Keith decided to take home because he wanted to save it for later. Then me, my mom, my step-dad, and my Gram took Keith home and I had his birthday present and a care package in the trunk for him so my step-dad opened the trunk for me and Keith to get his stuff. Keith and I then took his stuff into the house and I got to say hello to Keiths mom and dad. Keith and I caught up for a bit before he took me back out to the car. Keith walked me back to the car and before he closed my door, he told me not to cry and I told him I wouldn't. My mom, my step-dad, my Gram, and I pulled out of Keiths driveway and he went back on his porch to wave goodbye. That's my day with my boyfriend.
 
 
 
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Katrina Brown.2 years ago
I love having my stomach pushed on. I enjoy it to the point of causing a stomach ache. It's a different kind of pain than the "oh I ate too much" bellyache. It's almost not pain, especially if I do it to myself. I like pushing on the area right at my bellybutton kinda slow, but deep enough to hurt just a little. Then push a bit harder to make it hurt more. Keep pushing and pressing the area all around my bellybutton, working my way out to the sides and above and below until my whole stomach has been touched to the point of pain. It leaves me with a kind of all over tummy ache, but feels so good when I do it. It aches and throbs, but the throbbing in my belly is the "outside" sensation. The "inside" feeling I get is closer to a more intimate sensation and I not only feel it in my belly area, but lower as well.
I've found the easiest and most pleasureable way to do this is to sit in a chair with my butt closer to the edge so my lower back is not touching the chair, but my shoulders are against the back of the chair. This way when I push on my tummy, I can do it as hard or as gentle as I want. If I lay on the bed, I can't quite get the same angle or pressure. I'll use my whole hand for some pushes and then just my fingertips to almost kneed my stomach. I'll push in really hard and then while still pushing move my hands up and down my stomach. This way my hands aren't rubbing my belly exactly, but pushing different areas without having to take them away from my tummy.
Sometimes I'll give myself a really hard push in the belly and complain aloud, "Oh my stomach hurts!" or "Oooh I've got a bellyache!" I'll keep rub/pushing my tummy moaning about my stomachache for a while.
I don't really like the pressure to be extremely hard when I already have a real stomachache. At least not one from eating too much. I like a firm belly rub when my tummy is hurting, but not so deep and hard that it makes the tummy ache worse. And I'm not a huge fan of a quick jab to the stomach closer to a punch. I definitely like to start out with a soft touch to the tummy, then slowly get harder and deeper into the stomach.
For me it's not about making a stomachache feel better, it's mostly about just the fact it feels good to me.
I remember as a kid, I would lay with my belly on top of my stuffed animals so that it would hurt a little. I also had a friend put couch cushions on top of my stomach and then stand on top of them. Weird, I know but that deep pressure in my tummy felt really good.
 
 
 
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Stomach Creeper.2 years ago
I just came home from work. A real pretty woman I worked with for a long time just turned me on so today, I couldn't help myself. I punched her real hard in the stomach. I liked it. It gave her a real bad stomach ache and she let me take her home and take care of it. I want to punch her in the stomach again after it stops hurting. I enjoy taking care of her hurting stomach. I like hurting it more, though.
 
 
 
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Katrina Brown.2 years ago
Everytime I have a stomach ache I fill my stomach to the maximum capacity. Then I push down really hard on my giant stomach until I puke it all up. I go to the doctor and make him rub my upset stomach. He presses down on the bloated stomach, and I puke some more. The mor puke that comes out the more my stomach feels better. Oh How I love it when I have someone behind me to sqeeze my stomach as I puke, and force feeding my stomach until I puke it up.
 
 
 
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.2 years ago
it hard to get up with giant belly lol i eat much and it feel good to pass lol everyone love touching a baby belly
 
 
 
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