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Question: 4 year old complains of stomach pain frequently


 jmattrascals - Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:52 am

My 4&1/2 year old son has been complaining of stomach pain for the past month or so. I don't see a pattern as to when he gets the pain or what triggers it. He complains of the pain 2 to 4 times daily. He is a good, healthy eater and has always had a normal, consistent bowel routine, usually having a bowel movement twice daily. Lately, I've noticed he's been having more bowel movements daily, 3 to 4 daily, the other day he had 5. At first, I thought perhaps he was complaining of hunger pain, but yesterday in the middle of dinner, he started having the pain and couldn't eat anymore. I am going to take him to the pediatrician on Monday, however thought I may find some answers here. Thank you.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:42 pm

User avatar Hello,
Since abdominal pain can be caused by a number of conditions, seeing the doctor, as you plan, is your best course of action. A child this young has a hard time telling you exactly what he is experiencing. Some possible causes could include gastroenteritis, constipation (which your child is apparently not having), lactose intolerance or other food sensitivity (even with foods heretofore tolerated), appendicitis, etc.

If he should become more seriously ill with worsening pain, fever, diarrhea, etc. you should take him to a doctor or hospital.

Best wishes.

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