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Question: 4 yr old Abdominal pain

 mercys - Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:28 am

My 4 yr old grandson had stomach flu 2 week ago. Had bad abd pain and ER said it was Constipation.Went back to ER as he was in terrible pain in abdomen.Did ultra sound and said the bowel had turned back on it self and the pain was the sm bowel contractions. He is up most nights crying in pain.Is this common and why pain at night. What is the probable duration of this.He is having bowel movement and seems to feel god during the day.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:48 pm

User avatar Hello Mercys,

Constipation can be a considerable cause of abdominal pain. If your grandson is this impacted he likely needs some medicines to help clear up the constipation, including enemas and medication by mouth.

There are other causes of abdominal pain as well, such as celiac disease, ulcers, and several other GI problems. I would recommend your grandson be evaluated by a GI specialist.

Regarding the pain at night there are a few reasons that this may be. First, and probably most likely, kids tend to slow down at night and are less distracted by other things so the pain becomes more obvious and more focused on. Also, there are some hormonal changes that can change the perception of sensations including pain.

Follow up with his doctor is important.

Best wishes.
 mercys - Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:01 pm

Dr Lowe thanks so much for taking time to respond to this post.

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