What causes constant stomach pain in a child? - Online Doctor Chats
my 5 year has had stomach pain for a while and gagged alot i passed it off as maybe he had a bad gag reflex however for the past month or so he has been complaining of a constant stomach ache and is still complaining after I give him pep and is now vomiting alot I have a feeling it is not typical any ideas? should i take him to the hospital?????
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Hi there, I see that your child has been gagging alot. And Peptobismol isn't helping
Has he had any issues going to the bathroom? Difficulty passing stools?
no he goes regularly
ok good, does he have ANY other medical issues, or is he on ANY regular meds?
its just gotten to where his stomach never stops hurting
At this age, the most likely cause of this is either a behavioral issue.. something like an aversion to foods or a reaction formation
It's NOT a psychiatric thing, some children will become nauseous do to increased sensory stimuli
Does this happen right after he eats?
ok but would that explain why his stomach always hurts
no just randomly through out the day everyday
It's a natural response to the constant gagging, the stomach muscles keep tensing up and stomach acids will irritate the esophagus.
Ok. At this point i think he needs to be seen by a speech therapist.
There are speech therapists who specialize in feeding therapy and they are your best bet.
what exactly will a speech therapist do
They will test his senses, taste and smell in particular and check for signs of gastric erosion from the constant gagging
if he does have a sensory aversion, they will work on desensitizing him
ok that makes sense but it happens randomly like is he gagging on the air
If there is any erosion, your pediatrician will most likely put him on an scid reducing med, like nexxium
i understand. It's pretty tough to understand, but it's more of a behavioral thing. When he gags, he feels a little better, it becomes a habit loop
i guess that makes sense
Give you pediatricians office a call and see if they can send you a referral.
That will also help in that the pediatrician gets a chance to give him a once over as well
ok i will be doing that
Wonderful. Is there anything else I can help you with?
nope that would be all thank you so much
Always happy to help. Take Care
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