Your child is moaning and groaning and holding their stomach; so now you have to become an M.D. and decide whether or not this pain is hospital worthy; or if you can deal with it at home.
Children get stomach pain for all sorts of different reasons; most of them not being extremely serious; but there are warning signs that a hospital trip is imminent, and this is not a situation doctor mom can handle.
You need to call or see the doctor if your child is unable to tolerate any liquids,is vomiting for more than 12-24 hours, is listless or lethargic, there is an acute onset of pain, there is blood in stool or vomit, pain moves from around the belly button to the right lower abdomen,there is pain in the testicles, pain with urination,vaginal discharge or a rash with pain. Please seek medical help for any of these symptoms.
The following are common symptoms and solutions for stomach pain that is not so serious and can be treated at home very easily. Gas, constipation, flu, food poisoning, stress or nervousness.
Heat-a warm water bottle or bath can help to soothe an upset stomach. A heating pad may be used; but is not recommended; if this is the only source of heat an adult must be present at all times, the heating pad should remain on low, and a child should never lie on the pad rather lie on their back with the heating pad on their stomach.
Massage- Massage the stomach in a gentle, circular clockwise direction, for younger children alternating between massage on bending the knees into the chest can help with colic, bowel movements and gas. Using warmed vegetable or olive oil
Rest- Probably one of the most important things for your child to do is rest. On their stomach may help with gas, but ultimately their comfort level will determine the best position for them.
Fluids- Clear fluids are very important to keep the body from dehydrating and causing more serious issues. Pedialyte is the best drink to give when vomiting and diarrhea are present,Mint tea,vervaine tea, chamomile, a quarter teaspoon of ginger juice with half a teaspoon of honey twice a day, soup broth, flattened ginger ale. Avoid milk, heavily carbonated beverages, and colored fruit juices(fruit punch,orange).
Stress- Your child may be nervous or stressed for many different reasons. A recent death, move, divorce, school problems or a change in routine may be cause for an upset stomach. Cuddling and talking to your child may be the best way to determine if any of these are the issues.
Medications- Tylenol, mylanta, pepto bismol ect. are all examples of over the counter medications ,available at your local store or pharmacy, to help relieve the pain of an upset stomach.
If any of your child's symptoms persist or worsen over a 12-24 hour period, you should seek medical attention. Remember to notify the nurse or doctor of any medications or home remedies you may have given the child, to insure a proper diagnosis and treatment.