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Causes of Stomach Ache In Kids

Stomach ache is one of the common illnesses in kids. Find out the common causes of stomach ache in kids.

The kid can get up in the middle of the night and start crying due to a stomach ache. Or he might even suffer a belly pain during the day. Stomach ache in kids is a common problem in kids. Although, the causes behind the
stomach aches can be many, and most of them being the regular causes, however, it is always important that you know the exact reason behind the stomach ache and take the necessary measures.

There can be a wide array of reasons like improper digestion causing the ache or some other serious problem, where the ache is just a symptom of it. So seek the advice of the physician immediately and follow the precautions and medications to relieve the child from belly ache. Given below are some of the common causes of stomach ache in kids:


Dietary irregularity and experimentation are just common causes of constipation in kids. They try out or are given to try out different types of foods which their digestive system are yet not equipped to handle. Children can get constipated even after having the healthiest or meals and stomach ache is a natural symptom. The condition gets worsened during and after meals, with frequent trips to the toilet. It can also be the case that the stools get hard and infrequent. Physicians prescribe medicines and laxatives to help relieve the kid and it is always advisable to feed the child with food that has high fiber content.

Irritable Bowels

Irritable bowel syndrome can be caused by persistent improper diet and unhealthy lifestyle habits. The causes are the same for kids as well as adults. Apart from having an irregular time for passing stools, the kid experiences stomach ache due to irritable bowels. The gut gets badly affected by this condition and gets acutely sensitive to ordinary conditions, be it environmental temperature and even with the change in the water consumed. This can be better handled if the other factors are taken care of. Like, the kid should not rush with his meals, skip his lunch at school, or have a heavy junk dinner at home. Chart out a regular routine with a balanced diet for the kid.

Intolerance to Lactose

Lactose intolerance is another reason for stomach ache in kids, when they are unable to digest milk and milk products. Some babies are born with this condition where they are intolerant to even the breastmilk of their mother due to the high lactose content. In most cases it is found that within a couple of weeks, the digestive system of the baby adapts itself to the lactose, and the problem and the pain gradually subside. The other symptoms of this condition are a sense of bloating, foul smelling stool, diarrhoea, and of course mild to severe stomach pain. Follow the doctor’s advice and restrict the dairy intake and the gradually reintroduce the milk along with prescribed medicines.

Finally, there can be many other factors causing stomach pain. Some kids experience stomach pain due to lack of water intake too. Some kids suffer stomach pain as they refuse to use the toilet. So it is important that you take a closer look at the daily routine and activity of the kid when he complains of a stomach ache. Chances are that more often than not, you will get a cue to the probable reason causing the ache. This will help you to alleviate the cause and also explain the condition to the doctor. Take care that the kid follows a balanced diet, has a good eating habit and builds a disciplined lifestyle. Also note that the environmental factors are safe enough for the maintenance of the necessary hygiene of the kid. But if it is some bacterial or fungal infection, or a growing appendix causing the stomach ache, it surely requires serious and timely medical attention.

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Bandini.5 years ago
Stomach ache is very distressing for kids. Drinking warm water speeds up the digestion. You can also provide him relief by keeping hot water bottle over the stomach. Home remedies are also effective for kids.
Yana.5 years ago
please check if your son is suffering from constipation or not? Also if he is having frequent stomach upset, check out his diet. He might be overeating or having more of junk food....
Neha Jain.5 years ago
My son who is 5 years old, complains of stomach ache. He also has frequent cases of upset stomach. He does not feel hungry and so does not like eating....
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