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What causes recurrent stomach cramps in a child?

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Posted on Thu, 5 Mar 2015
Question: Yes. My 9yr old son had the stomach flu after Christmas. The tail end of it turned into bloating, stomach cramps, fullness feeling. Pediatrician said he was full of gas. Perscribed gas-ex (can not remember the name starts with an s) and probiotic. Did that for almost a week. All was fine. Now this week the stomach cramps have returned. He is ok upon waking. But as the am continues he begins to complain. Barely eats his breakfast. I have had to calls this week from school crying his stomach cramps hurts too much. Give Gas ex and better with time. Totally ok by lunch, and eats everything. Ok the rest of the day.
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Answered by Dr. Eric Goldstein (27 minutes later)
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Cramps

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Hello . I just read through your question.
It is very unlikely that the current episode is relates to the Christmas episode. More likely is that he is re-infected. In this case I recommend resuming the probiotic. This typically helps resolve symptoms faster. You can continue to try the gaa-x if you feel it is helping. If it's not, you should stop it.
Additionally, we have to encourage fluids and make sure he is well hydrated. Often good hydration can help make cramps go away.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Eric Goldstein (5 minutes later)
Reinfected with what? No other flu symptoms. Why the severe stomach cramps and nauseous in the morning only? A little extreme but What about lactose intolerance?
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Answered by Dr. Eric Goldstein (12 minutes later)
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I was thinking a mild stomach bug.
Lactose intolerance is a good though if you're noticing these episodes happening after dairy intake.
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What causes recurrent stomach cramps in a child?

Brief Answer: Cramps Detailed Answer: Hello . I just read through your question. It is very unlikely that the current episode is relates to the Christmas episode. More likely is that he is re-infected. In this case I recommend resuming the probiotic. This typically helps resolve symptoms faster. You can continue to try the gaa-x if you feel it is helping. If it's not, you should stop it. Additionally, we have to encourage fluids and make sure he is well hydrated. Often good hydration can help make cramps go away.