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Complained of stomach ache. Feeling discomfort. Guide

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My grandson has comaplined of stomach ache over the past year, he wants lie on something cold to relieve pain. He does not seem to be in terrible pain but is clear to me is experience some pain/disconfort. Drs recommended testing for allergies. He eats all foods not a picky eater will eat spicy foods as well as bread. Loves candy that we try to limit.
Please advise, thank you XXXXXXX
Posted Sun, 2 Jun 2013 in Child Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Achuo Ascensius 2 hours later
Hello XXXXXXX
Thanks for the query

The causes of abdominal pain in children are varied and most often less serious. Most important thing in abdominal pains in children is to watch for severity symptoms that could be associated. Such severity symptoms include:
-fever
-vomiting
-diarrhea
-bloody stools
-severe pains that invalidate the child.
The appearance of any such symptoms necessitate and immediate consultation at the E.R.

Common causes of abdominal pains in children include;
-abdominal flu which is associated sometimes with loose stools
-Salmonellosis which is associated with constipation and some times fever. Testing is done by doing a stool culture or by doing a WIDAL test.
-Intestinal parasites; children should be de-worm
-yeast infection of the gut following antibiotic intake generally
-Allergies
-Constipation
-indigestion
etc
You definitely have to take the allergy test, do a stool exam as well as a WIDAL test.

Measures such as abundant fluid intake, optimal feeding without exaggeratedly getting full,thorough hand hygiene, increase consumption of fruits and vegetables etc are needed.

Hope this has shed some light. I will be glad to respond to further query.
Best regards
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Follow-up: Complained of stomach ache. Feeling discomfort. Guide 16 hours later
this is third mattempt to send folowup question, please answer
what in your medical opinion is medical reason that my Grandson wants something cold on hios stomach and what will stool exam be able to find and what is WIDAL?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Achuo Ascensius 2 hours later
Hello,
thanks once more for the query
sorry for the troubles trying to send follow-up questions.

The feeling of cold acts as a local pain killer by bringing temperatures below physiological range thus pain sensation is diminished.

Stool exams would check for the presence of bacteria, parasites such as yeast and worms while WIDAL test will test for the presence of Salmonella species infection that causes enteric fever or typhoid.

Hope this answers your query. If you do not have further query, you could close the discussion and rate the answers.
Best regards
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Follow-up: Complained of stomach ache. Feeling discomfort. Guide 23 hours later
Dear Dr Ascensius
Thank you for your reply. We will do tests you recommend.
Assuming tests return negative and stomach aches is food related.
What foods should be avoided and how can we proceed to test each.
For instance he eats tomato sauce,peperone, sushi, olives, fruits,some raw vegetables[carrots, lettuce, snap peas], cooked brocolli and green beans,bread, chocolate, ice cream, american sliced and mozarella cheese, salmon.
Thank you,
XXXXXXX
 
 
Answered by Dr. Achuo Ascensius 1 hour later
Hello,
thanks once more for the query.

If problem is food related, it could be food intolerance or food allergy.

In food allergy, a small amount of certain food types will cause severe and intolerable effects. Common food types known to cause allergies include;
shrimps, lobster, crab, Peanuts, Tree nuts, Fish, and eggs ( generally sea food and dairy food)

With food intolerance, the individual can tolerate certain quantities of even food types that are a problem.

What you need to do is to be very keen and observe him after each meal.

Hope this answers your query. If you have more query i will be glad to help. If you do not have further query, you could close the discussion and rate the answers.
Best regards
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