Wish you could channel Dr. House to figure out why your child has a stomachache? Laura Jana, M.D., an American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson, shares the most common causes:
Bloating and stomach cramps
It could be: Overeating and/or gas
What your doctor might recommend: A warm compress and gentle belly rub. Tums Kids can also ease heartburn pain in children over 2.
Stomach pain and hard, pelletlike bowel movements
It could be: Constipation
What your doctor might recommend: Diluted prune or pear juice or an over-the-counter stool softener; more fiber in his diet.
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea fever and chills
It could be: Stomach flu
What your doctor might recommend: Offer plenty of liquids and water-based foods like soup to prevent dehydration.
Stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and often fever
It could be: Food Poisoning
What your doctor might recommend: Plenty of fluids to prevent Dehydration.
Gas, vomiting or stomach upset after eating dairy foods
It could be: Lactose intolerance
What your doctor might recommend: Lactose-free milk and cheese or Lactaid pills taken before eating dairy foods.
Stomachache plus sore throat and sometimes fever
It could be: Strep throat
What your doctor might recommend: Antibiotics
Severe pain around the navel or right area of the stomach
It could be: Appendicitis
What your doctor might recommend: An immediate office visit or a trip to the ER.
Unexplained stomach pain that occurs in an otherwise "well" child
It could be: Stress
What your doctor might recommend: Look for ways to ease stressors like overscheduling. A counselor may help, too.