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What causes swollen stomach and discomfort along with hunger?

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Posted on Sat, 28 Feb 2015
Question: I have a 6 year old grandson. He has a swollen belly and is in low discomfort but is hungry all the time. Should we take him to the doctor.
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Answered by Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Additional information required

Detailed Answer:
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Greetings of the day

Dear Ms

The most common cause of swollen belly /distension of abdomen is likely to be due to underlying constipation. Exact diagnosis will depend on detailed clinical history and examination. If the following criteria are fulfilled it is unlikely to be due to any serious cause

1. Absence of vomiting

2. Absence of Fever

3. Appetite normal

4. General activity normal

It would be very helpful if you could provide me with the following additional information


1. Where is the exact location of swelling of belly

2. Is the child passing stools regularly? Are the stools hard ?

3. Does the child consume sufficient water ?


Awaiting your response


Take care

Best regards
Dr Deepak Kaltari
Consultant Pediatric Surgeon
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari (5 days later)
Hello Dr.

The Whole abdomen is swollen, yes he is passing stool no it is not hard, yes he is drinking plenty of water. his appetite has increased.

regards, XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
There is no cause for concern

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Whole abdomen being swollen without any other associated symptoms is likely to be due to Hypotonia of abdomen normally seen in children. As the appetite of child is normal there is no cause for concern.

Take care

Best regards
Dr Deepak
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What causes swollen stomach and discomfort along with hunger?

Brief Answer: Additional information required Detailed Answer: Hi Welcome to Healthcaremagic Greetings of the day Dear Ms The most common cause of swollen belly /distension of abdomen is likely to be due to underlying constipation. Exact diagnosis will depend on detailed clinical history and examination. If the following criteria are fulfilled it is unlikely to be due to any serious cause 1. Absence of vomiting 2. Absence of Fever 3. Appetite normal 4. General activity normal It would be very helpful if you could provide me with the following additional information 1. Where is the exact location of swelling of belly 2. Is the child passing stools regularly? Are the stools hard ? 3. Does the child consume sufficient water ? Awaiting your response Take care Best regards Dr Deepak Kaltari Consultant Pediatric Surgeon