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Child having pain in lower abdomen, increases on putting pressure or strain

My 5 year old son has been complaining that his "hips" hurt, all day. When I further examined him this evening, his pain seemed to be from hip to hip, with a more localized area of pain below his belly button and above his genitals. No fever, vomitting, or diarrhea present. He does have a decreased appetite the last couple of days, but nothing I would consider out of the ordinary. My first thought was appendicitis, but the pain does not worsen upon release of pressure to his right lower abdomen. The pain does increase, however, when I add pressure to the area below his belly button. Should I be worried? He says it hurts when he tries to lay down. To me, it seems like he complains about it when there is any sort of strain to the lower abdomen. He had no pain when I made him cough, but he had pain when I asked him to lie back on his bed for me to check him out, and when I lifted him up earlier around his waist. I thought it might be gas, but he started complaining this morning before school, and while it doesn't seem to be worse, it isn't any better??? :/
Asked On : Sat, 12 Oct 2013
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Hello..
Thanks for Using HCM..

I read your query and it seems that your 5year old boy likely to suffer from Constipation resulting from bowel disturbance which can cause decreased appetite with no fever symptoms or vomiting..
Also Urinary tract infection can cause abdomen pain .
Do not be worried consult a Pediatrician and get checked for urine and stool test to diagnose earlier .

Other minimal possibilities :

1) Appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix)
2) Bowel blockage or obstruction
3) Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
Intussusception, caused by part of the intestine being pulled inward into itself
4) Urinary tract infections

Avoid :

Caffeine ,Carbonated beverages ,Citrus ,Dairy products ,Fried or greasy foods
High-fat foods
Tomato products
Do not give aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or similar medicines without first asking your child's health care provider.
I suggest your 5 year child to Drink plenty of water each day.
Eat small meals more often.
Make sure that meals are well-balanced and high in fiber. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Hope this information is useful for you.
Thanks & Take Care..
Answered: Sat, 12 Oct 2013
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