Every father has to deal at some time with abdominal pain in children. While the child complains, the parents are distressed, although there is no major medical problem. Generally, abdominal pain in children covers the stomach area and can occur anywhere between the chest and groin .
Although it is frequent and without major implications that put at risk the health of a child, in some cases it can be a sign that something more serious is happening . The important thing is to determine the seriousness of what is being presented.
Obviously, it will be easier with a child between 4 and 12 years who can explain what happens. With infants or small children, it’s time to analyze the symptoms to determine which is the best way to go.
How is abdominal pain in children?
- If the pain is generalized or located in the middle of the abdomen, the cause may be indigestion , gas or constipation.
- When the pain is due to emotional tension, it is located in the area around the navel or in the mouth of the stomach . An intense pain that appears and disappears, one or more times a month, can be caused by stress.
- Cramp-like pains are probably due to gas. Maybe the child ate a lot, has swelling and diarrhea.
In any of these cases, it is possible to treat the ailment with some home remedies. If it’s a baby, it’s harder to pinpoint what kind of pain it has. But if a child has any of the following symptoms, he may have abdominal pain:
- He is irritable.
- Raise your legs to the belly .
- Eat little or less than usual.
How to treat abdominal pain in a child?
The following recommendations may work when an abdominal pain in children is related to digestive problems or emotional causes.
Dale to take a hot infusion
The infusions of chamomile, mint, fennel or ginger are widely recognized for their digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. The hot infusion helps to settle the stomach and heat relaxes the muscles , but are contraindicated in babies .
Try to sleep on your side
Ask your child to lie on his side, this position will help him to release the gases . If you can lean on a pillow and raise your ankles a little, it will be more effective. Also, you can place a warm blanket or compress on your abdomen.
Give him a hot bath
Everything that is swallowed or placed hot on the abdominal muscles helps to release tension. Give your little one a bath with warm to hot water . Additionally, while you bathe him, play with him. This will help you forget about the pain.
Take care of your diet
Prevent your child from eating fatty foods, sweets, milk or dairy products, while having abdominal pain. The perfect food is a classic chicken broth that feeds him, keeps him hydrated and relaxes his muscles. Coconut water is an excellent source of natural electrolytes, in case of diarrhea.
Make a relaxing massage
Lying on your back, both a child and a baby, it feels good to receive a gentle massage in the direction of clockwise . To give the massage, you can use mint essential oil or orange blossom cream. Follow the digestive tract and press gently.
Reflexology can help your child . Take your child’s left foot with your right hand. Then, with your left thumb applies a uniform and constant pressure in the area of the arch. Press a little with your thumb forward and backward along the arch. Repeat several times.
Make it “pedal”
The exercise that imitates the pedaling of a bicycle helps to decongest the intestines . Ask your child to lie on his back, raise his feet and move as if pedaling. If you are a baby, you can gently move your legs by imitating the “pedaling of the bicycle”.
When should I go to the doctor?
When the pain does not yield with any of these recommendations and is accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting and cramps; It could be a parasite infection . That can only be detected with a stool test. It must be the doctor who Indicate which is the best dewormer, according to your child’s age.
When the abdominal pain is focused on a single point, it may indicate a bigger problem with other organs , such as the appendix, the gallbladder, the intestines, the ovaries, the testicles or others. Do not doubt, it’s time to go to the doctor.