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What causes abdominal pain when suffering from upper respiratory tract infection?

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Hi. My 5 year old has complained of sore throat and sore neck (lymph nodes) for 1 week. He has had a persistent fever of around 102 around the clock. The temp goes down to around 99 with meds and then when it is time for meds again it is right back up to 102-103. He is now complaining of his stomach hurting on the right side below ribs. My other 2 children have also been sick (over a week ago) and dr tested them for flu, mono, and strep and all were negative. They did not complain of stomach pain. The dr said it was just a virus and it would take time so we have not taken him to the dr assuming he had the same. What could be the cause of this stomach pain? He does not seem to be dehydrated (drinking and urinating as normal). Is this normal?
Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Could be due to gastritis Detailed Answer: Namasthe Welcome to Healthcare-Magic Greetings of the day Dear Ms XXXXXXX Children with upper respiratory tract infection may occasionally have pain in abdomen. Its known as tonsil tummy. It occurs due to enalrgement of mesenteric lymph node or sometimes due to gastritis. As your child has pain in right side below the rib cage( Right hypochondrium), its likely to be gastritis induced. There is no cause of concern in the absence of vomiting, loss of appetite and right illiac fossa pain. I would suggest you the following which will definitely help 1. Warm saline gargling: Add 2 teaspoon of table salt to glass of lukewarm water, make him gargle with that thrice a day. It will help relieve his throat congestion. 2. To a cup of milk add the following 10 Tulsi leaves(if available)+ Bit of ginger+ 1 teaspoon of turmeric+ 2 black pepper + 2 spoon sugar. Bring it to boil . Feed him warm. It will also soothen the throat 3. Lansoprozole kid tablet will be helpful for relief of pain in abdomen. The pain should settle down soon. Wishing your kids a speedy recovery Wishing you and your family "A Very happy New Year 2014" Take Care Best Regards Dr Deepak Kishore MBBS,Ms,MCH Consultant Pediatric Surgeon
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