M.P. asks from Cerritos, CA on September 21, 2010
Stomach Virus or Something Else? - Cerritos,CA
My 6 year old daughter has been having severe stomach pain, usually within a a few hours of eating. It gets worse at night and she has woken up the last several nights around 10pm, crying that her stomach hurts. She has vomited a few times and immediately after that she feels better. At first I thought it was constipation so we gave her a children's laxative and she has had several BM's. She does not have a fever, no diarreah, doesn't seem sick except maybe a bit more tired from the late nights. No one in her class has anything like this. I do not believe it is anxiety. We took her to the doctor but the doctor was very dismissive and said it is likely a virus and gave her some antinasuea medication. Has anyone else experienced this? I feel like it's not a virus or else she would have other symptoms. I am very worried. Any help is appreciated!!
D.G. answers from Las Vegas on September 22, 2010
Great suggestions from the other moms. While you're waiting to get into a doctor, keep a food diary. Write down everything she eats and the time. This will help the doctor in diagnosing the problem.
E.E. answers from Los Angeles on September 22, 2010
It could be a new allergy or stress. Did this start with the beginning of the school year? I had an ulcer in my mouth from stress at this age. I wasn't a stressed kid and everything was fine at home, but I was still stressed about school.
V.W. answers from Jacksonville on September 21, 2010
What kind of stomach pain?
My daughter, when she was 4, would wake up regularly at night (after being asleep for about an hour or hour and a half --usually around 9 or 9:30) screaming and writhing in pain. We took her to more than one doctor and they ran all the usual UTI, bladder infection, yeast infection, etc... Never a fever. She was fine during the day. No rash. Nothing. Except several nights a week, she would wake in severe spasmodic pain that nothing really helped... not sitting in a tub, not advil, not trying to use the potty, nothing. It was AWFUL.
I never considered constipation because she potty trained early, we had no issues whatsoever with it, and she pooped regularly. I guess the doctors discounted it also, because I told them she did go potty regularly. Because she DID.
We eventually ended up at Nemours Children's hospital, only to find out (confirmed by x-ray) that it was what the doctor sees ALL THE TIME. Impacted poop. Yep. Even though she was pooping regularly, she did not "go" sufficiently... only enough to relieve the urge evidently. Over time, it impacted high up in her system... and pressed on her bladder causing horribly painful spasms. Oddly, it only ever happened at night after she had been asleep for a bit. Maybe being horizontal had something to do with it? Anyway.... a dose or two of laxative is not sufficient. The doc strongly recommended an adult sized dose of MOM (milk of magnesia) TWICE a DAY for 2 days (recommended to do it over the weekend when we didn't have to go anywhere at all), then once a day for a few days after that. During that time, she was completely cleaned out, and I do mean COMPLETELY... He recommended also, that we start having her go sit on the potty after every meal, and stay for at least 10 minutes... to read lots of books on the potty.... Essentially to retrain her bowels to go after meals.
Since that time, we have not had another problem.
Could something like this be the issue? I don't recall my daughter ever being nauseous, but then, she was 4, and may not have known how to explain it. She had never thrown up at that age in her life, except when she got carsick at about 15 months one time.
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L.S. answers from New London on September 21, 2010
take her to a GI specialist. Pediatrician's don't know everything and they sure don't specialize in GI issues. Make an appointment. That is ridiculous. If the doctor doesn't have answers, it means he just doesn't know the answer so you need to see another doctor.
B.S. answers from Los Angeles on September 22, 2010
It happened to my 4 year old (then 3 in January). It was for a few days until she on her own said she wanted to go to doctor. The results were a UTI. She didn't have diarrhea, constipation or fever. She wasn't even throwing up. She took the antibiotics for the UTI and the pain subsided until it was all gone. They did blood work and the urine test at an urgent care. I followed up with a doctor's appointment and her doctor (sometimes he bugs me...he does so much testing...I shouldn't complain), he also wanted an x-ray of her tummy.
Just a UTI. Have them check that.
Hope she feels better!
D.M. answers from Joplin on September 21, 2010
could be like a gas problem or may be just getting too full,not sure I am like the others if it continues and does not get better take her back.
S.M. answers from Los Angeles on September 22, 2010
Look into wheat/gluten intolerance. It can cause severe abdominal discomfort and fatigue, along with other symptoms. Cut out the gluten for a week and see if she feels any better, you should notice the results immediately. No breads, pasta, crackers, cake, donuts, cookies, etc. Rice, potatoes, oats, quinoa, and fruits and veggies will be safe to eat.
B.L. answers from Los Angeles on September 22, 2010
I would take your daughter to a pediatric gastrointerologist. Our son as an infant had a horrible stomach bug which our pediatrician also dismissed and he was in pain for a couple months before I went out of network to a peidatric GI doctor. She immediately determined he was lactose intolerant and once we took him off milk he was fine. The pediatrician had recommended we put him on yogurt to help his stomach get better, so her prescription was actually making it worse.
I think pediatricians mean well, but they often dismiss what they don't know about. If you are seeing a correlation to eating, then this is not a stomach bug, this is something else. Take her to an expert who will know if it is really nothing.
K.S. answers from Los Angeles on September 28, 2010
My daughter is six and is currently experiencing similar problem. She also feels bloated and has heartburns after meals. She calls them "little throw ups". This got me conserned and after the pediatrician total dismissal of the issue, I took the liberty to visit a Pefiatric GI specialist. He ran some blood test and determined she had the H pylori bacteria which lives in most of the humans but bothers only certain ones. Now she is on two-week antibiotic treatment which will eradicate the bacteria and all of the symptoms. If left untreated it may cause ulcer. It is worth considering to check. Good luck.
D.T. answers from Reno on September 22, 2010
Maybe irritable bowel syndrome? Sounds like my son's symptoms.