Growing Pains

Stephanie - posted on 01/04/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 5 your old consistantly compains about pain in his belly, his hands, and his feet. Initially I thought they were growing pains but in his belly? I thought that maybe he just wanted attention but increasing the number of times we read and play together hasn't helped. I feel aweful because when he was actually sick I thought he was just complaining again.

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Fiona - posted on 01/04/2011

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The first thing I thought about when I saw this was abdominal migraine - its quite common in children.
I pulled this up for you..
The symptoms of abdominal migraine regularly confuse doctors. It’s surprisingly common in children, so it’s equally surprising that so many people have never even heard of it!

The most recognizable symptom of abdominal migraine is the recurring abdominal pain. In between attacks, everything will be fine. But then the stomach pain returns, often lasting a whole 24 hours (anywhere from 1-72 hours).

As with many types of migraine, there is often no headache. The most common symptoms are:

Abdominal pain
No appetite (anorexia)
nausea/vomiting
pallor (going pale)

Aside from these, there may be headache, sensitivity to light, irritability, diarrhea, and dark shadows under the eyes. The symptoms of abdominal migraine are episodic – that is, they come in "attacks" with healthy periods in between, just like other types of migraine.

Sometimes these symptoms appear in adults, but normally they occur in children between the ages of 5 and 9. It can be very tricky to diagnose, and it’s important to rule out other possible issues (such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and peptic ulcer). Sometimes children are diagnosed with cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) – recent studies are suggesting that CVS may actually be abdominal migraine.

It’s also important to deal with abdominal migraine because it can lead to other kinds of migraine in adulthood. It’s a big help to get a proper diagnosis and proper treatment early on.

Side note: Why are these abdominal symptoms included in the category of migraine? There are two main reasons. First, there are symptoms similar to many types of migraine – it comes in episodes, nausea is often present, sensitivity to light, etc. Second, researchers discovered that people with abdominal migraine symptoms often had other family members with more familiar types of migraine.

Remember, migraine is not just another name for a headache!

I also have had a child with repeated tummy aches in my class and with permission of his mother we gave him peppermints when he complained of tummy ache and that calmed him and took his mind of it (I am not saying there is nothing wrong with him)

I don't really know what to say about the pains in his hands and feet though.

PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU ARE CONCERNED YOU SHOULD TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE DOCTORS - I AM NOT A DOCTOR :D

Crystal - posted on 01/04/2011

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take him to the Dr. ... look up online his symptoms, maybe something is wrong.

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