my 3 year old daughter says her stomick hurts all the time what should i do?

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Yvette - posted on 05/14/2010

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u should take her to the doctor it can be a number of things. My son went throught that for a couple of months but I did take him to the doctor to check it out although it turned out that he needed more fiber to help him go to the doctor. You never know what it could be so be safe

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Alyssa - posted on 06/11/2010

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perhaps she is lactose intolerant or has some other stomach issue. My friends son had a similar problem for years and finally was diagnosed with IBS at age six.

Brittany - posted on 05/14/2010

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Ask her where exactly it hurts. If it's lower she's got intestinal pain and if it's at the stomach then it's her stomach. Then see what she's been eating or not eating.... a lot of stress and acidic foods can cause her to have stomach ulsers which are painful. If that's the case, take her to a Dr. If it's intestinal pain, it can be many things, gas, intestinal tract problems, or she's constipated or has to poop.

Laura - posted on 05/13/2010

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If you haven't taken her to the doctor yet, I would just in case something really is wrong, other than that, its just a faze... My 2 year old does the same thing... sometimes, she doesn't know what the feeling of "hungry" is or "full". Just remind her when you think she is hungry, tell her, "oh, you must be hungry"

Brenda - posted on 05/13/2010

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I usually tell my kids to drink some water and it will make their belly feel better. That usually works (it actually does relieve pain from overreating and indigestion).

If having her drink, eat, or lay down for a little bit doesn't relieve the pain then its time to talk to a doctor

Jessica - posted on 05/12/2010

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My son did that before he was told he had GERD or reflux how ever you want to call it. The gave him zantac and it helped. .Call the doctor and have it checked better safe then sorry.

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this could also mean she is hungry but doesn't understand how hunger feels or how to express hunger verbally yet. this is a common thing for this age. just do a mental check: how long since her last meal or snack? and does this happen at the same time every day? sometimes we forget children's stomachs are smaller than ours and so they need to eat more often than we do. my children are always hungry between meals. and it is a good idea to foster the habit of eating smaller, healthy snacks throughout the day anyway. an apple, a carrot, cheese and whole grain crackers... you get the picture.

Lena - posted on 05/11/2010

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Well how is her diet? maybe something is not agreeing with her stomach, there are many things we could say that are cauing why her stomach hurt but if she is saying it hurt everyday at least twice then I would take her in to see a doctor to check her out. Yea maybe its jus the bubble guts bein nervous, food is not agreeing with her, but what if it something more like apendixs, her intestines, liver lungs Im so not trying to scare you, but lets be on the safe side and please keep me posted on your daughter

Sarah - posted on 05/11/2010

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My daughter would do that and sometimes still does. I have learned that she will get nervous or anxious about things and that then gets "butterflies", but she does not recognize it as the "butterflies" like we do. I would usually try asking her some more questions as to why her tummy hurts. I will ask if she wants to try to go potty. Or if she is worried about something. If I know something is coming up that might be the cause of the tummy ache then I try to just calm her nerves or get her busy doing something else so she does not focus so much on what is making her nervious.

Theresa - posted on 05/11/2010

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I had a foster daughter that I was told did that all the time. When she came to my house she atrted in with it and I told her if her tummy hurt then she should lay down in her bed and rest. Thta's what's best for a tummy ache. Each tim eshe said her tummy hurt I told her she should go lay down. Pretty soon she quit saying it. She just wanted attention. Her mo would fall for that. When she found she wouldn't get attention from me that way she quit. I gave her attention other ways instead. Of course that only works if they're faking it.

Marcy - posted on 05/11/2010

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Can't offer any medical advise but I can tell you that my son says that a lot when he has to go #2. Ever since he has been potty trained when he feels like he has to go to the bathroom he tends to say "My belly hurts". You might want to call the doctor though and I would start writing down what she is eating in case she has some kind of allergies...

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