“Hippos grabbed their tummies.” Stomach problems in children
Disruption of the organ, intestinal microflora, glands – consequences. To correctly approach the solution of the problem, you need to find out its root cause. Common causes of abdominal pain in a child:
Weak immunity and frequent illnesses;
increased physical activity;
disturbed food intake;
lack of sleep;
Abdominal pain in children
What are the problems with the tummy.
Atony of the stomach or intestines (work stop)
Symptoms: bloating, burning, heartburn, vomiting. The abdomen is noticeably swollen, when tapped, a sound is heard, like in a drum. There is a strong burp.
What to do
Adjust nutrition; dishes should be light and soft. A few hours before meals, let the child perform exercises that start the stomach. Example: “swallow”, “torso rotation”, “tilts”, “bicycle”. You can do this together so that the baby is not bored.
Dyspepsia (digestive difficulties with pain)
Signs: a feeling of heaviness, overeating, as if the stomach was bursting. Observed, even if ate a little or a portion previously familiar. Constipation is followed by diarrhea. May be accompanied by colic, belching, poor appetite and flatulence. With complications, a toxic form begins, with vomiting, convulsions, high fever.
What to do
Stroke the tummy clockwise. The first 6 hours do not load the digestive tract, give only water. If there is an appetite, then liquid food or puree is allowed. “Eat, now we must lie down” – it only hurts. After eating, let the child walk for at least 15 minutes in a calm step.
Often, it’s all about the ingredients that fix the stool. For example, cocoa, chocolate, persimmon, pasta, bread, eggplant. The causes of constipation are a sedentary lifestyle, poor gastrointestinal tract.
How to help
Take your time to give laxatives. Their constant intake makes the gastrointestinal tract “lazy.” He gets used to the fact that the drug does all the work for him. Look for natural ingredients: prunes, brown bread, bran bread, oatmeal, granola, plum, carrots, boiled beets, tomatoes. Do not forget to season the dishes with oil or sour cream. Sour-milk products will also help to go to the toilet. You can do a tummy massage, but do not overdo it. Circular movements must be confident, but not strong.
In extreme cases, an enema, candles will help. If there is no severe pain, then you can do gymnastics. Squats and bends will do. Do not do them with prolonged constipation – this can injure the intestines.
Many factors can provoke the problem: infection, poisoning, allergies, parasitic infections, food intolerances. It often happens with juice lovers. Rate the severity. If a child, in addition to loose stools and frequent running around to the toilet, has some other disturbing symptoms, call a doctor.
Give more to drink to prevent dehydration. Feed with healthy fats. Dairy products are suitable: cheeses, cottage cheese, yogurt, milk. Introduce more fiber-rich foods into your diet. The leaders on the list are legumes, then cereals, vegetables and fruits. Fenugreek seeds will help fix the stool if the child has no contraindications. So that the child does not sleep on the pot, give boiled potatoes, rice, blueberries. Probiotics, antibiotics, and enterosorbents are prescribed by your doctor. When you call, tell the symptoms, find out what actions you can take before the ambulance arrives.
Colic in the tummy and not only
Stitching sensations occur in the intestine. They can be a sign of poisoning, gastrointestinal dyspepsia, gastroenteritis, enteritis, pancreatitis, parasites. Pain symptoms can occur with SARS. Perhaps this is a “bear disease.” This is a kind of reaction to stress, in the form of colic and diarrhea.
Let the child lie down. He needs to relax, so create a cozy atmosphere. Turn on the cartoon slowly, dim the lights, give a comfortable pillow. Limit food intake. Just enough water or weak tea. If you are sure that the child does not have inflammation of the organs in the abdomen, then put a heating pad. A hot water bottle wrapped in a towel can be a substitute for it so as not to burn the skin.
What else are gastrointestinal diseases in children:
Prevention of gastrointestinal problems and treatment of the abdomen in a child
A pediatrician can provide full assistance, prescribe the correct treatment for the abdomen in a child. Having compiled a picture of the disease, he sends to the appropriate specialist: gastroenterologist, neurologist, endocrenologist. After the examination, he will prescribe suitable medications, make up a diet. It is advisable to visit the sanatoriums.
These recommendations will be affordable for parents. Treatment of the abdomen of any child is a gradual process consisting of steps:
The atmosphere at the table plays a large role. No disputes, screams, clarification of relations and discussion of problems. The body perceives them as stressful situations and the stomach turns off.
“When I eat, I am deaf and dumb.” Indeed, it is better to be silent while eating.