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Does Your Child Suffer From Tummy Aches ?

Posted Jul 30 2010 4:30pm

by Soo-Sing Kang

Stomachaches in children happen quite frequently for various reasons, and the frequency increases as soon as they start going to school. When playing with other kids, your child is susceptible to various types of bacteria as well as viruses which can be easily passed on from student to student.

There is more than one culprit of tummy aches - in fact several. Finding the reason for acute stomachaches is not an easy task and requires the experience of a medical professional in order to properly diagnose the illness. The leading cause for stomach-related pains are viruses.

In some cases, you might be able to pin point the cause on your own. With viruses, your kid might experience the symptoms such as fevers, nausea and stomach pains for about a week, sometimes more. Diarrhea might also occur causing loss of fluids so you will keep to keep giving your child plenty of liquids drink. Bacteria or food poisoning symptoms are the same except that they don't last as long (possibly 3 or 4 days depending on the severity). The latter type of infection can be treated by antibiotics to expedite recovery.

Allergic reactions can also produce the effects akin to the previously mentioned. These reactions may be from the bite of an insect or lactose intolerance. It usually starts with stomach cramps, vomiting and dryness of the mouth.

These allergies can be quite dangerous depending on how the child reacts to it but in general, most of the side effects only last a day as long as no further diary food is consumed.

Of all the different types of stomach pains, appendicitis would have to be the worst of all. The pain can be excruciating and appendicitis is more common amongst children than adults. Appendicitis may require surgery to get the appendix removed if the pain persists.

It may not be easy for you to spot these stomach related illnesses in your own kids so you will need to be on the lookout for signs that something is not right. It may come in the form of your kids not eating much or curling up in bed clenching their stomachs. The first protocol would be to get your child to the clinic just to be safe.

As a parent, there is only so much you can do to protect your child's health. Educating your children on hygiene and cleanliness is vital. When these illnesses occur there is nothing much you can do (besides visiting the doctor) except to comfort your child and make sure he or she gets plenty of rest.

Hopefully you have enjoyed reading this article and found it useful. The author also likes blogging about kid's apparel and toys. Her newest stories are concerning the play tea set as well as the wooden tea set for kids.

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