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ASK THE EXPERTS What’s causing my child’s stomach pain? Abdominal pain is one of the most common complaints in young children, and it can be particularly difficult for parents to figure out what’s causing it. The most common cause of abdominal pain in children changes with age. Consult your physician if your child’s stomach pain is persistent or worsening. Constipation - Functional Constipation normally develops in early childhood as toilet training is introduced. Children are either resistant to training or have a fear of using the toilet. Constipation is usually the cause when pain develops over time, is generalized and develops around toilet training. A change in diet, such as introducing solids at 6 months and/or whole milk at 1 year, could also suggest constipation. Illness - Vomiting and diarrhea, especially in an acute setting, are most likely associated with a viral illness. If your child develops vomiting without stools or diarrhea, this could be signs of an obstruction due to foreign body ingestion or pyloric stenosis. If there are no signs of acute illness and your child is vomiting, I would suggest seeking a doctor’s opinion. Appendicitis - In appendicitis, pain starts around the belly button and later moves into the right lower quadrant. It is also associated with loss of appetite, fever and vomiting. Pain is normally significant and progressively worsens over time. If you are concerned your child has appendicitis, you should be evaluated by a doctor. Stress - Stress and anxiety seem to play a significant role in abdominal pain in school-aged children. It may be caused from bullying, worrying about school performance or even changes to their routine. A pain diary is normally helpful in diagnosing this, and other causes should be ruled out prior to making this diagnosis. Food allergy - Nausea with vomiting, abdominal cramping and diarrhea or bloating can be a sign of food allergy. They are not very common, happening in 5 to 10 percent of young children. Most allergies occur prior to age 2 and can be diagnosed with allergy testing, if necessary. Adam Linck, M.D. Board-certified family physician Stomach pain? Try Sage Primary Care’s walk-in clinic. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 1020 S. Conwell St. (307) 265-8300 WyomingMedicalCenter.org/Sage

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