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Stomach Problems

Stomach Problems

Stomach problems are common in children. Their digestive system is still under development and as such they are susceptible to problems related to stomach.
Stomach problems can cause a lot of discomfort to children. They may become cranky and show disinterest in doing any activity. The will become fussy about eating and their appetite will get reduced. Therefore, it is better to be aware of different types of stomach problems in children, ways to identify them and what to do about them. It will help to provide immediate relief to children when such problems occur.


Thread Worms

If you notice your child scratching her bottom, examine her stools for thread-like worms. Thread worms are the most common infecting worms. The female crawls through the anus and lays her eggs in the surrounding skin. When your child scratches her bottom, the eggs may get under her nails and are ingested again when she puts her hands into her mouth.
Your doctor will prescribe a single-dose treatment that will destroy both the worms and the eggs. Since worms are highly infectious, all members of the family should take the anti-worm treatment. Repeat the dose after a fortnight. Make sure that you keep your child's nails short and ensure that she washes her hands after she goes to the bathroom.


Dogs and cats are carriers of this roundworm. Your child is most likely to get infected when she plays in areas where animals may have defecated. These worms are usually ingested by the child when she puts her dirty hands into her mouth. The worms enter the bloodstream through the intestinal wall and travel to the lungs. They are coughed up, swallowed, and then they continue to develop in the intestines. There are usually no symptoms. However, if your child has more than one worm, it may result in abdominal pain and a loss of appetite.


A child may cope with constipation if there is no adequate amount of fibre in her diet. If your child is affected with constipation, you will notice that she passes hard stools. The frequency of passing stools may also get reduced to less than three times a week. She may also complain of having an abdominal pain and pain while passing stools if the constipation becomes severe.
When the symptoms are not severe constipation can be treated using home remedies as well. Encourage your child to drink lots of water. Include more of fibrous foods in the diet of your child along with fresh fruits, vegetables and dry fruits. Including raisins, prunes, dates, figs etc; in the diet of your child can help a lot.
If your child’s bowel movements are not regular, do not wait for problem to get aggravated. Make sure that your child passes stools every day. You must consult a doctor immediately if you observe the symptoms like blood in stools, vomiting, fever, swelling in the abdomen, anal fissures etc.


Diarrhoea is mainly caused due to viral, parasitic or bacterial infection in children. The symptoms like fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach ache, headache, weakness, body ache, dehydration can also be observed in children along with loose stools.
If your child is coping with diarrhoea, you must encourage her to drink more water. You can also give her fruits like apple, banana and pomegranate which can help to deal with the symptoms of diarrhoea.

Gas Trouble

The problem of gas trouble in children can be attributed to consumption of certain foods, carbonated drinks, constipation, intolerance to lactose, irritable bowel syndrome etc. You must find out what is triggering the gas trouble in your child. Certain foods like cabbage and beans can trigger gas trouble. Consulting a paediatrician is a must to find out what is bothering your child. Home remedies like eating some carom seed or Ajwain can prove very helpful to deal with symptoms like gas and stomach ache.
Although, stomach problems are common in children, you must get your child examined by a paediatrician to know its exact cause. A paediatrician can help you with right treatment for getting rid of the symptoms completely.

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anu.7 years ago
i want to know of some home remedies for worms incld homeopathy medicines
wildwomen.7 years ago
interested in info on stomach disorders with pain in right side alot of burning had the scope test went through throat just showed redness i have lost over 20 lds in two mts since this started
jyothsana.7 years ago
there is no information of home remedies here. it is only disease description. kindly put some home remedies on lice management which is a must for children
anita datta
anita datta.7 years ago
this article should include pictures of worms in the stomach to show children.
susan cross
susan cross.7 years ago
my daughter has been poorly for a few weeks now my other daughter has worms could this be connected ive heard it can whats the answer
annie marie
annie marie.7 years ago
ive got a lump at one side of my stomach it feels like a hard muscel
Karrie.7 years ago
my eldest daughter had thread worms a couple of years ago which she got from school we had trouble clearing them but when they went they never came back. now 18mnths on my younger daughter has the wreched things she woke in intense pain in the night and from previous experience i knew what they were. i clean all bed linen daily scrub the door handles clean the toilets and taps disinfect all linen toewls and toys/comforters and pray we don't get them back.i have however heard that giving your child carrots,coconut and castor oil on a regular basis is a good way of keeping them away and i shall be trying this from now on. these worms seem to be the most unpleasant and painful experience that a child can go through.
wormy.7 years ago
the little creatues are gods little children please let them haave a good feed
mr mom
mr mom.7 years ago
hi i have a little girl turning 6 and for years she has been complaning of a sore tummy again and again i have seen the gp about it then taken her to the pediatrician.
there was a parasite found in her stole but the doctor tells me that we have to live with it and stay away from dairy,spicies anything that would be conciderd gasy becaude the gas is what is causing the discomfort.
so she is seen by a another pediatritician he says that she does not need to go without milk but to give her acidophilus. my little girl still with both watching what she eats and giving her this acidophilus she is still complaining.
cant we simply get rid of this thing?
wildist.7 years ago
i heard that some worms can get in yours system through pools of water. are they really getting in.
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