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Dealing with stomach aches

Dealing with stomach aches

Stomach ache is one of the common problems that small infants, babies and children face. Read on to learn more about the common causes of stomach ache in infants, babies and children and home remedies for coping with such problems.

A stomach ache 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. Stomach aches can be a symptom for a variety of ills.

In babies below the age of three months, a stomach ache could signify the dreaded colic. Indigestion can also trigger stomach-aches. When the child is around a year old, a stomach ache 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 stomach ache. 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 stomach ache. 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 stomach aches when they come to the table at mealtimes. Since stomach aches 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.
Stomach aches are also associated with intestinal allergies, inflammation of the abdominal lymph glands, kidney disturbances, etc. However, these cases are more infrequent.
But the stomach ache 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.

Home Remedies for Stomach Ache in Babies

Listed below are the home remedies for stomach ache in babies. You must consult your doctor before trying these home remedies on your baby. Make sure that you use these home remedies with extreme care and caution.

Help Your Baby to Burp

One of the most common causes of stomach pain babies is the discomfort caused due to the air that he or she swallows while feeding. So, in order to ease or prevent this kind of discomfort in babies, it is necessary to help the babies to burp. To help your baby burp, hold him or her in an upright position in such a way that his or her head rests on your shoulder. Gently massage your baby’s back in order to help her release the air. When your baby burps, he or she will feel easy and comfortable. You must burp your baby every time you feed her in order to prevent the discomfort that may be caused due to the swallowed air.

Apply Asafoetida

Asafoetida is one of the medicinal ingredients from the kitchen cabinet which is used since ages for curing stomach ache in not only babies but also in young children and adults. Mix a little asafoetida in warm water to make a paste and apply it to your baby’s navel.

Give Curd

If your baby is more than 6 months old, you can give curd to him or her. Curd is one of the foods that aid in digestion as well as helps to deal with stomach ache which is caused due to diarrhoea. It is rich in bacteria called lactobacillus which helps in stabilizing the intestine. Feed fresh and unflavoured curd which is prepared from whole milk to your baby. Curd is not only useful for dealing with stomach problems in your baby but also helps to provide nutrients that are essential for growth and development.

Use Mustard Oil

You can use warm mustard oil to massage your baby’s tummy. Make sure that you check the temperature before applying warm oil to your baby’s tummy. Lay your baby on his or her back comfortably and massage his or her tummy with the mustard oil gently. Mustard oil contains many medicinal properties. Massaging a baby's tummy with this oil can help to stimulate the baby's digestive system and help to release the gasses that are trapped in his or her stomach.

Practice Bicycling Exercise

Moving your baby’s legs gently in bicycling motion while he or she is lying on his or her back can help him or her pass the gas easily which can ease the stomach pain.

Apply Warm Compress

Gently applying warm compress on your baby’s abdomen can help to ease the stomach pain. You can use a clean cloth soaked in warm water to give warm compress to your baby.

Breastfeed Your Baby

Sometimes even hunger can cause stomach ache in small babies. Breastfeeding your baby can surely help in calming him or her in this case.
If your baby doesn’t feel better even after trying home remedies, you must consult a paediatrician. The above home remedies are suitable for common stomach ache that is caused due to trapped gas and air in your baby’s digestive system. However, if you baby is coping with stomach ache due to any other reason, then only your baby’s paediatrician can help you out. So, you must consult a paediatrician immediately.

Home Remedies for Stomach Ache in Toddlers

If your toddler complains of stomach pain, you can use the same home remedies which are mentioned above for helping babies deal with stomach ache. You must include more and more fluids in your toddler’s diet. More and more fluids can help to keep your toddler’s body and digestive system hydrated. It can also ease the bowel movement in your toddler thereby preventing problems like stomach ache in him or her.

Home Remedies for Stomach Ache in Schoolgoers and Teens

If your schoolgoer or teen is coping with stomach ache due to common problems, you can use the following home remedies.

Give Ajwain (Carom Seeds) Tea

Give tea made using Ajwain or carom seeds to your child. Ajwain has many healing properties and it is an age-old remedy which can be used for coping with stomach ache in not only children but also in children.

Give Jeera (Cumin Seeds) Tea

Jeera tea is also one of the effective remedies for helping children deal with problems like stomach ache.

Encourage Your Child to Walk

Walking can give an exercise to the digestive system of your child. It can help to release the pain causing gases that are trapped in his or her stomach.

Encourage Your Child to Pass Stools

Bowel movements can also help to release the gasses that are trapped inside your child’s tummy. So, encourage your child to pass stools in order to ease the discomfort that is caused due to gases that are trapped in his or her digestive system.

Follow BRAT Diet

BRAT stands for bananas, rice, apples and toast. You can encourage your child to follow this diet. This diet is very useful for coping with an upset stomach. Stick to BRAT diet and avoid giving spicy and oily foods to your child as it can aggravate the condition.

Increase the Water Intake

Make sure that your child drinks lots of water. Water is also very important to improve digestion and bowel movements thereby preventing problems like stomach ache.

Massage Your Child’s Stomach

Massaging your child’s stomach gently can help you to ease his or her stomach pain. Giving gentle massage to your child's stomach can provide relief to the aching muscles and nerves in your child’s stomach.
If your child is not feeling easy even after trying home remedies, you must consult a doctor immediately. Home remedies can provide temporary relief. However, if your child is coping with any other health issue that is causing stomach ache in him or her, you must seek help from your doctor.

Let us take a quick look at the common questions that parents have related to stomach ache in babies, toddlers and children.

Can incorrect feeding cause stomach ache in small babies?

Some incorrect ways of breastfeeding can cause stomach ache in small babies. Such incorrect ways include mistakes like not holding the baby properly while feeding. When babies are not held properly while breastfeeding them, they are unable to suck the milk from the breast properly. When they are unable to suck the milk from the breast, they can swallow air which can get trapped in their digestive system causing stomach ache.

Can overfeeding cause stomach ache in babies?

Overfeeding too can cause stomach ache in babies. When babies are overfed, bloating of stomach is caused. Babies can undergo discomfort like stomach ache when their stomach is bloated.

Can allergies cause stomach ache in babies?

Allergies can also cause stomach ache in babies. Babies can cope with stomach ache if they are allergic to certain ingredients in the formula milk or food that is fed to them. Sometimes they can also feel discomfort if such ingredients are passed to the baby through breastmilk.

Can including fibrous foods help to ease stomach ache in toddlers and children?

If a toddler or a child is coping with stomach ache due to constipation, including fibrous foods in his or her diet can help. Constipation can be eased or prevented by including fibrous foods in the diet of toddlers or children.

Can worms cause stomach ache in toddlers and children?

Worms are one of the common causes of stomach ache in toddlers and children. To prevent stomach pain that is caused due to worms in toddlers and children, hygienic habits must be encouraged in them. It is also necessary to avoid giving sugary foods like sweets, candies etc; to them in order to prevent worms in them.

How to prevent stomach ache in babies, toddlers and children?

Encouraging healthy eating habits is a key to prevent problems like stomach ache in babies, toddlers and children. It is also very important to develop a good feeding routine so that healthy eating habits are developed at an early age. Habits like overfeeding, feeding at odd timings, not following the food hygiene etc; should be avoided in order to prevent stomach ache in babies, toddlers and children.
Stomach ache is one of the common health issues that babies, toddler and children face. 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.

What are the common causes of stomach ache in babies, toddlers and children? Which home remedies can prove effective for dealing with stomach ache in babies, toddlers and children? Discuss here.



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.8 months ago
Whenever I eat too much and my stomach is full, I have to go and get my stomach pumped. The doctor presses down on my swollen upset stomach while I puke up the contents. He then sticks a tube down my throat and fills my stomach with warm water, when its full, he take out the tube and pumps my stomach again. I love getting my stomach pumped
 
 
 
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Pooja
Pooja.4 years ago
I suffer from so many bellyaches its awful. i've had the doctor listen to, examine, push, massage and probe my belly trying to see why it hurts. he's done all sorts of tests including deep palpation and compression of my intestines. he says that what he hears is not good! inflamed gaseous bowels. all he can do is compress my colon and push the gas out for some relief
 
 
 
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katlyn
katlyn.6 years 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
Apoorv.7 years 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
skate.7 years 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
Padme.8 years 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
puja.8 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
sports fan.8 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
Katrina Brown.9 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
Stomach Creeper.9 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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