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Tummy cramps in a child with gas, positive bowel sounds. What could be wrong?

my six year old son has intermittently been c/o of belly hurt . there is no specific time of day it varies. he has alot of gas farting all the time. I have given him mylicon and pepto bismal and it subsides for a while than returns. He has solid brown bowel movements every day and stomach is not hard or tender to touch. has positive bowel sounds. Only thing i have noticed is he can only eat a little bit than he is full and will go back and eat a little more later.The hurt is not bad when it comes but it has brought him to his knees occasionally.
Asked On : Sun, 23 Dec 2012
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Hello Good Evening,

There are many causes of bloating, including: diet, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, re flux, and constipation and some more.

Gas and bloating is a sign that food is not being digested correctly by the body. An inadequate intake of water will cause excessive stomach bloating.
Water benefits the body by aiding with digestion because it supports a majority of the body's daily functions.

Fatty foods cause a formation of fat cells to develop throughout the body and contribute to bloating as well. A build up of fat cells slows down the body's ability to empty the stomach.

Dairy products also contribute to excessive cramps, gas, and bloating.
Persons who are intolerant to lactose products experience this effect more than others.

Following steps should follows to lessen the bloating:

Walk after eating a meal.
Avoid coffee and chocolates.
Avoid Meals that are high in fat.
Avoid extremely hot or cold food.
Avoid bubble gum or bubbly beverages.

If needed then medication should be included antacids, PPI, digestive enzymes.


Dr. Naresh Jain
Answered: Sat, 10 Aug 2013
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