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Question: 4 1/2 year old with stomache pain at night only


 mommydedos - Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:05 am

my son has had stomache pain for the last 3 days and the pain only occurs at night and lasts about 4 hours. then it goes away during the day and it seems like he's fine until it's 2 in the morning. what could be causing his pain?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:18 pm

User avatar Hello,
Does your child have any trouble with his bowels (constipation or other)? Sometimes they have movements near the same time each day and this could be part of his pattern. You might try giving him a warm pad to see if it helps. The fact it does not continue throughout the day is reassuring that it is not a serious concern.

Perhaps there is something in his diet that is bothering him. Does he have trouble when he eats any particular food that you have noticed? Some children have lactose intolerance and don't do well with milk. Keep a food and activity diary to see if there is a pattern.

If it continues or gets worse, you should have him seen by a health care provider.

Best wishes

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