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Most Common Causes of a Stomachache

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:

If your child has... 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

If your child has... 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

If your child has... 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

If your child has... Stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and often fever
It could be... Food Poisoning
What your doctor might recommend... Plenty of fluids to prevent Dehydration

If your child has... 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

If your child has... Stomachache plus sore throat and sometimes fever
It could be... Strep throat
What your doctor might recommend... Antibiotics

If your child has... 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

If your child has... 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.

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