Top 10 Causes For A Sore Stomach In Children

It is safe to say that pretty much every child has had a sore stomach at some point in their life.  These are generally not a cause for concern and quite often they will go away all on their own as fast as they came.  However, then there are other times that a sore stomach is so much more.  When your child has soreness for an extended period of time or the pain level is severe, it can be a sign of something quite serious.  Below are the top 10 most common reasons that parents blame for their child's sore stomach.

  1. Heartburn – This is simply caused by your child eating something that did not quite agree with them or if he or she has too much stomach acid.  This pain is typically present at the upper part of their stomach or in the chest.  Foods that are usually to blame for heartburn in children are berries, nuts, dairy products, eggs, wheat, fish, citrus fruits or juices, greasy food and tomato sauce.
  1. Constipation – A case of constipation can cause severe stomach pain that occurs pretty much anywhere in their belly but most often it is right in the center where the belly button is.  Pain from constipation will come and go while their colon contracts naturally to move along the hard stool.
  1. Intestinal Illness – An intestinal or stomach flu is a very common cause for a sore stomach in a child.  If the pain is accompanied with diarrhea, vomiting and a fever, this is generally the culprit. It is important to note that hepatitis has very similar symptoms but the child will also turn a yellow shade.  This is rare but occasionally there will be an outbreak at a school or restaurant.
  1. Menstrual Cramps – If you have teenage or preteen daughter, menstrual cramps could be the cause of the pain.  These can occur long before a period is started in ages as young as nine years old.  Ibuprofen is the typical treatment however, it does cause stomach upset in some people.
  1. Appendicitis – This is the most troubling cause of abdominal pain for both the child and the parents.  An appendix can become infected and inflamed for many different reasons.  Pain usually begins mild around the belly button and then it moves to the right lower area of the abdomen and becomes quite severe.  This pain is often accompanied with refusal to eat, fever, refusal to walk and vomiting.
  1. Intestinal Blockage – This is the most serious cause of a sore stomach.  Excruciating, sudden pain arises in the middle of the belly with projectile vomiting that is usually a dark green color.
  1. Gas – If your child has gas, he or she will experience sharp stomach pains moving in different areas, on and off.  Some children describe this as bubbles that hurt.
  1. Food Poisoning – This is caused by some type of bad bacteria that was in something that your child ate.  It usually arises anywhere from one to eight hours after eating with severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.  Foods that are commonly to blame are beef, fish and mayonnaise.  It is important to keep your child hydrated if they have food poisoning.
  1. Sore Muscles – This is common if your child participated in some type of activity that would make the muscles sore, such as sports.  Muscle soreness can also occur after vomiting.
  1. Formula Intolerance – If your child is still an infant, an intolerance to their formula is often to blame for the pain.  Breastfeeding can also cause this if the mother happens to eat something that doesn't agree with the baby.


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