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What causes vomiting, loss of appetite and stomach pain in a child?

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Posted on Fri, 6 May 2016
Question: My son is 2.4 yrs. He has a typical habit of vomiting out some of his foods everytime during BF/Lunch/Dinner. This has been a scenario for last 1 year around. Sometimes he will vomit out the entire stuff at one go. He seems to be not having appetite for food anytime and most important .. very less sleeping time. He started going play school. Today after his return and while having food he was crying a lot symboling stomach pain (not developed his speech yet) both horizontal and vertical sides. I gave him gripewater and he relexed a bit and slept. During dinner he vomited out his entire food. I have consulted my family paedatrician and another one. Nothing has been found. I'm very upset. Please advice.
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Give smaller feeds. If that does not help, get an ultrasound done.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HelathcareMagic.

I have gone very carefully. Children, especially of this age, are ill known to be fussy eaters. But the issue of vomiting calls for proper evaluation. Based on your description, it could be due to overdistention of stomach during feeding. If that is the case, giving smaller but more frequent meals should solve the problem. If that does not help, you need to get a whole abdomen ultrasound done. Please share the reports and I would guide you further.

About the crying, it is likely to be due to abdominal distension which occurs due to overdistension of abdomen and I would prefer giving medicines like Colicaid or Decolic instead of gripe water.

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What causes vomiting, loss of appetite and stomach pain in a child?

Brief Answer: Give smaller feeds. If that does not help, get an ultrasound done. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HelathcareMagic. I have gone very carefully. Children, especially of this age, are ill known to be fussy eaters. But the issue of vomiting calls for proper evaluation. Based on your description, it could be due to overdistention of stomach during feeding. If that is the case, giving smaller but more frequent meals should solve the problem. If that does not help, you need to get a whole abdomen ultrasound done. Please share the reports and I would guide you further. About the crying, it is likely to be due to abdominal distension which occurs due to overdistension of abdomen and I would prefer giving medicines like Colicaid or Decolic instead of gripe water. Regards