Children can have permanent or always capricious at the table, complaining of abdominal pain for no reason or be silent when not feeling well. Typically, most children still folded predictable eating habits and stomach problems quickly pass. However, there are more serious cases. Do you know when to go to the doctor?
If your child has vomiting, diarrhea, or he complains of severe pain in the abdomen, do not delay, call the pediatrician. Trust your intuition. If you think that a child has severe digestive problems, consult a doctor.
Usually digestive problems in children is not very serious and rapidly. Here are five possible signs of more serious problems.
Children may feel sick for various reasons: a viral infection, food poisoning, motion sickness, ate too much, nervous. However, vomiting can be a sign of serious diseases such as meningitis
Meningitis - an inflammation of the meninges
, Appendicitis, bowel obstruction.
When to call the doctor. If the child is under six years old, contact your doctor if repeated vomiting or have vomiting blood or bile. For older children - if vomiting is repeated more than two times per 24 hours, if there is blood or bile. Also contact your doctor if vomiting along with the child's fever, diarrhea or signs of dehydration: decreased urination, the child looks lethargic and unwell, he has dry lips.
Abdominal pain in children can be a symptom of many different conditions, including such common problems such as constipation, diarrhea, food poisoning
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, Gastroeneterit, gastritis, overeating.
There are other problems that can cause bloating, cramps, nausea and general discomfort. It is more rare causes abdominal pain
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Such as food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, appendicitis, intestinal obstruction, pneumonia.
When to call the doctor. Contact your doctor if the child has severe pain or pain persists for two weeks.
Constipation and diarrhea
Many reasons can cause constipation in children: potty training, lack of dietary fiber in the diet, lack of mobility, inadequate fluid intake, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, certain medications.
Symptoms of constipation include abdominal pain, cramping, painful and seldom chair.
When to call the doctor. It is necessary to consult a doctor if the child has a chair at least once in two days, if you notice blood in the stool, if a child is hurt or is too much straining.
Reflux is common in children, particularly at an early age. It can cause a variety of factors, such as food allergies or weakness of the esophageal sphincter.
When to call the doctor. Typically, gastroesophageal reflux extends with time, and also it can be prevented, if not to use the precipitating products, such as chocolate or fatty foods. Signs of serious problems - at the same time the occurrence of reflux following symptoms: poor weight gain, appetite scaffold, green or yellow vomiting, abdominal pain or chest, shortness of breath, chronic cough, constant crying, trouble swallowing.
Children often finicky eating habits. But sometimes it can be a symptom of certain digestive problems, such as gastroesophageal reflux, infections or diarrhea.
Also, if a child eats a little, it can be a sign of eating disorders such as anorexia. These problems are more common in adolescents and adults, but there are cases of anorexia in children five years old.
When to call the doctor. If the child is not gaining weight if a child chokes on a certain food (or vomits after it), if he has heartburn and abdominal pain during or after a meal, please contact your pediatrician.
Other digestive problems in children
Digestive problems in children can cause less common causes, such as celiac disease, intestinal obstruction, congenital bowel problems or liver disease, pancreatitis, hepatitis
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Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis.
Children are not always able to explain what they are feeling, so if you are concerned about the child's health, contact your doctor in any case of doubt.