Why Is My Daughter Keep Getting Stomach Pains Been Going on 5 Weeks Now

Updated on September 27, 2009
L.L. asks from Allgood, AL
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my 8 year old daughter is crying all the time with stomach pains it started off in the school holidays she was vomiting had a bug but ever since shes been getting stomach pains and isnt eating properly shes also past couple of days saying she has a really sore throat iv been to the doctors with her 4 times now shes been on lactose , mebentyl , gripewater and is taking calpol a lot but nothing is working for her i feel so helpless shes crying at school all the time and at home first we thought she may be having problems at school but i have ruled that out she struggles with maths which she has told me and teacher is now helping her more and we are at home and she is having fun with maths now ,, doc said it may be a food allergy but i dont think its that she isnt eating much at all min she wakes shes crying keeps sayins shes going to be sick but never actually is sick and is even worse if we have to go out in the car says she wants tp walk beacuse she feels sick more indoors

she can be totaly fine playing happy one min and next min is crying with pains

any ideas whats up with her i just want her to be back to her happy self

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answers from Hattiesburg on

I had something similar happen to me twice when I was little. Turned out that I was lactose intolerant. My doc at the time (was some time ago, lol) said that the only way to tell was to take me off of all dairy products for at least two weeks and see if that helped. I wasn't happy about it, but I did like not being in pain.
The second time it happened, it was anxiety. I loved my teacher, but there was one thing that she was very confrontational on. Imagine a small child being intimidated by their teacher! But it was only the one thing that she was like that, and otherwise I really liked her. Took forever for my parents to figure that one out, because they would ask if I liked my teacher, and yes I did.
I hope that you figure out what is going on with her, I can really sympathize with what she is going through.



answers from Fayetteville on

Have them check her kidneys, I know it may sound odd but my daughter had managed to create her own little stone and we missed it forever luckily they ran a cat scan and an ultra sound and there it was. Strange how those things can go un noticed for so long and then suddenly there is pain. My child never had any detectable infections just loads of pain. My husband also had what they called sand in his kidneys when he was very small and it has caused him similiar problems growing up. Hopes your child is feeling better soon



answers from Fayetteville on

Strep throat and urinary tract infection can cause stomachaches/nausea, etc. If that, and other illnesses, have been ruled out, then I would start her right away on a probiotic. When kids have a tummy bug or any illness, it can cause an imbalance in the good/bad bacteria in the digestive tract. You can get a probiotic at a healthfood store, or you can get something called "Pearls" at Walmart (it will be in the section with all of the vitamins, etc.). It can take a few days, or even a couple of weeks, of taking one of those every day to notice a difference, but my guess is that she will start to see improvement. Pearls are very small (they look like a pearl), so even a younger child can probably swallow them. If not, you can get powdered or even liquid probiotics for children at healthfood stores. Praying she feels better soon!



answers from Shreveport on

have you been to a gastrointerologist (don't know if i spelled it right). someone who specializes in stomach disorders? i would skip the ped, who obviously isn't listening to what you're saying & go straight for a specialist.



answers from Fayetteville on

Check out gluten sensitivity.
Lisa Hasselbeck has a book out, "The G-Free Diet".
She talks about her struggles with stomach pains and food problems.
Hope this helps.



answers from Huntsville on

You need to have her checked for a parasight(bugs) in the stomach. I can not remember what it is called, but I had it and then was on medicine two or three kinds. It then killed what it was. I pray that you find out. God Bless, B. A.



answers from Oklahoma City on

hi L.,
I think you should take her back to the doctor to make sure she doesn't have an infection in the stomach or her appendix. Even though its been five weeks you want to rule that out. My little cousin she's 8 also and she was complaining about her stomach for a week and the doctors would tell my aunt that it was the a virus, and her appendix actually brust. She had to have two surgeries.



answers from Oklahoma City on

I think the suggestions above are good. However, I'd also make an appointment with a pediatric gastroenterologist. It will likely take a month or two to get in. Meanwhile, you can try the other good suggestions, but you'll have this appointment as a back up if the other things don't help it. Also, in case it is behavioral rather than physical, you might tell her that these stomach aches indicate that she needs more rest. Tell her for the next two weeks, she will need to go bed right after dinner. She doesn't need to sleep, but she will need to be in bed where she can rest and read. The rest can't hurt her and may actually help her. Oftentimes, this approach really helps.



answers from Jackson on

I have a friend with a daughter who has just been diagnosed with IBS - Irritable Bowl Syndrome. Maybe ask the doc to check for that.

The important thing is to be her advocate. Some docs just don't go the extra mile, but if you come in armed with some info or at least some questions they will listen. Also, make a diary of the times that her stomach hurts, how long it hurts for, if there is any activity (potty, etc.), and what she is doing when it happens. The docs love this and it helps get to the problem quickly.

Hope that helps! Will be praying for your little one, :)

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