tummy pains in 3 year old

Sharon - posted on 11/13/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old girl has been complaining that her tummy hurts her for a couple of months now on and off. We can not put it down to any specific foods or time of day. She will hold her tummy curl up on the floor and sometimes is very distressed. Dr did xray but says nothing showed urine and stool sample clear. Wanted ultrasound done but Dr says they dont feel it necessary as they would have to sedate her as she hates hospitals due to a prior incident. We would have to take her to a private ultrasound place but would have to give her something to make her sleep (I am not sure what would be suitable for this). Does anybody have the same issue as I am becoming extremely worried and feel like a neurotic mother as nobody wants to listen. Please help!!!! Because she isnt vomiting or having fevers and otherwise looks healthy I cant seem to get any where at the childrens hospital either.....

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Leigh - posted on 09/26/2011

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Hi Sharon,
My daughter is 5 and complained of the same and had same symptoms. We checked for parasites, Celiac disease (gluten), did regular blood work, changed diet, tried prevacid, had ultrasound and even scoped her. Nothing showed up. Early on in the process, we discovered from the ab xray that she was very constipated. Although she went to bathroom daily, after talking with her discovered it was very runny bowels (sorry :) and no solid was getting through. I was unaware of this. We did the Miralax regimen which cleared that up but still had stomach pains and that's when we went forward with all the other diagnostics. We saw a pediatric gastro doctor for all this. After all the tests came back negative, I decided to try not to react so much to her complaints and they greatly decreased to almost nonexistent. I hope you can get to the bottom of this as I know what you are going through and are very concerned. I would keep pushing the doctors (or find a new one) until you feel satisfied that you have done everything possible to discover the origin of the complaints. Good luck to you.

Michelle - posted on 11/17/2009

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My daughter (5) has been complaining of the same thing for years. Dr just dismisses it every time we are there, however her pains have become less frequent in the past few months. Good luck.

Helen - posted on 11/14/2009

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Nelda - posted on 11/17/2009

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By all means and as soon as possible, have this child checked by a good Doctor.

Care and concerned, Nelda

Jacinta - posted on 11/17/2009

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My daughter has gone through this since she's been a little over two. She is now 3 years old and its getting a bit better. At first I was concerned, but it never came with a fever so I tried not to worry too much. Sometimes if she gets tired she will say her tummy hurts and then I start to think its related to her getting tired. I am not sure though if this was the case when this first started to happen. I don't draw attention to it anymore and it seems to help. My husband and I went away last march and my parents looked after her and I had to tell them not to be alarmed if she had a tummy ache everyday that she seemed to have them on and off. I am glad that I mentioned this to them because my mom said she did have stomache aches often and she would have worried. It has gone on for so long now that I don't worry because I figure if it was something more serious, I would be seeing more then just the tummy ache. I hope this helps you ease your mind a little!!

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Audrey - posted on 11/17/2009

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YOUR CHILDS PROBLEMS COULD BE CAUSED BY ANYTHING SUCH AS THE FOOD WE EAT, THE DANGEROUS TOXINS, PHOSPHOROUS, CHEMICALS AND CARCINOGINS THAT ARE IN OUR HOMES EVERYDAY. AND WE BREATH THAT DANGEROUS AIR. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR MORE, CONTACT ME AT
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Susan - posted on 11/15/2009

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my 9 year old still has alot of issues with his tummy he was dx with celiacs at 7 years of age and seems to be doing much better although he still has gas pains often but not like before

Elizabeth - posted on 11/15/2009

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Try taking her off of all Gluten products. It seems to be hard to do, its not. Just got to watch for wheat, rye, barly, and oatmeal. that means that she cannot have any of those foods. try not to give her any acidic food like tomatose, orange juice, etc. Is her bowle movements soft or hard? I am dealing with the same thing, just mine younger. after 10 months of figuring this out. all good now. my son started this when he was 4 months old. good luck

liz

Kat - posted on 11/14/2009

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I would get a second opinion I know how hard it is to see your child in pain and not beable to help. I would do every thing in my power to find the cause. not only a second opinion but also knowing that the child is now scared to be very calm andeven brib her if is needed letting her know that nothing will hurt her because mom Won't let that happen and to make sure she knows that it will help in the end. I know it is hard and with her bbeing so young. good luck to you and I hope good health is near.

Cindy - posted on 11/14/2009

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Have they tested for a Lactose Intolerance? It took me many tests and years to find out that I had one, intense stomach pains, diarrhea. Sometimes headache and vomiting. Two of my children have it as well but I knew the signs when it started. Not only do you have to avoid anything with dairy in it but also MSG.

Teresa - posted on 11/14/2009

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When my daughter was 4 she did this. Took her to the Doctor several times,
One night she was like she had the flu, took her to the doctor the next day.
Rushed her to the hospital, Was her appendix, had surgery that day. & when
she was 7 had a flu shot, was allergic to eggs. The doctors would not admit it
was the shot. said you can't be allergic to the flu shot, yes you can- My cousin
is & found out others are. It was a night mare for us. not saying this is her problem.
but I know how you feel, I was so frustrated. Hope you find out soon.

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Try cutting out all wheat and gluten products. I had terrible pains my whole life until I was 15 and got a blood test. Try it for at least a week or 2. It's not as hard as it sounds, I promise.

Patty - posted on 11/14/2009

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My 3 year-old son also has stomach pains daily. His are due to gulping liquids and swallowing air, which creates gas. Some people can process gas and others can't. He's whiny and wants to be picked up, and says he feels sad. I give him gas drops and in a few minutes, the gas comes out and he's back to normal. See if you can try to see if her pains follow drinking. Also, stay away from carbonated drinks, which are bottled gas. And I agree, fried foods also cause a lot of stomach distress in both of my boys. I'm trying to get him to understand that if he drinks slowly and quietly, he doesn't get the gas. Also, my 7-year-old had terrible gas pains, and those were associated with eating whole grains. I was trying to feed him healthy foods, but it was causing him serious pain. As soon as we got him off of whole grains, he has been fine.

Therese - posted on 11/14/2009

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My son went thru the same thing. I initially cut out his milk, gut instinct. Then gradually added it back on. That happened a year ago. Since then I make sure he gets some milk but limit (2) 8 ounces a day. I no longer have these issues. My friends doctor just confirmed this too much milk causes the stomach pains it adds to constipation.

Melody - posted on 11/14/2009

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i wold have her checked for a hernia.. i had one when i was little and i still remember the pain.. they didnt know it until about 2 years after i got it.. u might want to make sure that not it..

Mary Emily - posted on 11/14/2009

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Have you looked into a Gluten intolerance? It can cause different reactions in different people. It is worth a look.

Christie - posted on 11/14/2009

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My daught went threw this to and we had many visits to the doctors till i figured it out, she was sensitive to milk and milk products, I stopped giving them to her for a month and the pains went away so I started slowly introduceing them and I found when we got to the milk thats when her stomach would hurt real bad again, so I tryed soya milk and it worked, she can have cheese, and yogurt. she is now 10, and is still sensitive to the milk sometimes she will drink the regular milk thinking she can handle it but about 5 days later she starts to complain her tummy again
Hope this helps

Corrina - posted on 11/14/2009

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my duaghter started having tummy aches about the time she turned 3. she would push on her belly button and say owey. then go off n play.it became more frequent and het stools started to look like raw hamburger. i took her to the doctor and they said groing pains but "hummered me"and said theyd do a stool culture. well one in 3 came back positive n they said not that it not bad take her home n watch her. i said no somethings wrong, they got me into a peadric gastronoligist(it took 3 mo to get an appt) he ordered a calprotectin test on her stools.her levels were 1000 times the normal. something was wrong not in my head. they put her totaly under and scoped the tummy for an ulser and did a colonoscopy. what they found totaly floored the entire surgical ward....a golf ball sized polip at the top of her lg insestine. the doctor said "well i think i fixed her tummy ache" if it had any larger they would have had to cut her open. it was a spontanious juvinal polip but there is a strong history of polips on her dads side so she will have to always be watched.that was 2 yrs ago as shes 5 now and i still check her poop for the signs of the irriatation. guess what i', telling you is dont let the doctors pshew you be firm and make them work for you and your daughter.

Tina - posted on 11/14/2009

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My 3 year old went thru the same thing...we narrowed it down to chocolate or things high in vitamins like the yohoo chocolate drink...she suffers with tummy aches after drinking or eating anything with chocolate in it... sometimes it might not be the direct food or drink...look for things the ingrediants in the food or drink...that usually triggers my little girls tummy aches... I was worried for months...and like you went thru the testing and all of that drama.. I hope this helps and you end your worries...

Julie - posted on 11/14/2009

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I dont know if this will help as I am sure there are many different reasons a child can develop stomach pains. My little boy (7) has suffered for 7 months now from what GP believes is "tummy migraines", always related to stressful times (just before during and after he sees his dad). He gets genuinely ill, doubled up in pain, smelly wind and needs quite a bit of reassurance,. he cries out in pain. GP thinks it's psychologically triggered rather than purely functional, is the timing of it, it comes and goes, you can distract him out of it and analgesics have little effect (calpol is great for most things but doesnt affect his stomach pain). Hope you find out what it is..

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My son had the same issues, and we found not eating out, not even a small thing of fries helped alot! Mirlax is also something we tried, but you have to use it daily for it to actually work. And sometimes it takes more then 2 days to really start to work. Its not something you give and wait and see what happens. I found when these are combined with daily apple juice in the morning, really helped him. I found that the acid reducer they had him on did not help the situation at all. Infact it seemed to get worse. So I went to whole fruits, no eatting out period!! Just juices and mirlax and saw major improvements just a few days later. I cook normal foods and he took luch to school. But expect to have stinky bowels, and gas. It takes awhile for there bodies to pass all the junk that has been stored. Even there sweat will smell bad and there feet till it has cleared out there body. The processed food and this new oil everyone is using seems to really dislike the body, expecially little kids.

Polly - posted on 11/14/2009

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u might want to get her some gas drops the have them for kids fried foods and brocolli are very gasy

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Both my sons had this - they are now grown men. They were both diagnosed (by a consultant) with migraine, which often manifests itself in the stomach in children. I took them to a homeopath - 3 tiny tablets, no cheese, no chocolate, no mint, & they've been fine to this day. Can eat anything. Give a paediatric homeopath a go. You really can't lose!

Angelique - posted on 11/13/2009

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My son complains alot about stomach pain also. I have tried the Mirolax when he was constipated. The Dr just put him on Prevacid, since he was on it before he was even a year old. Guess we are going to see how that works.

Denise L. - posted on 11/13/2009

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Dear Sharon: Since this has been going on for some time, I would strongly suggest you get a second [or third] opinion from a qualified peds specialist. once all the preliminary tests have [once again, as I am only assuming you have covered the 'basics' with the previous doctor], the specialist can begin eliminating potential solutions. The most important thing for you to do is to keep telling doctors, "Something is WRONG" and it needs to be solved. If one doesn't listen or resolve the issue, move on to another person that is considered highly qualified in child medicine and potentially internal medicine for peds. Glenda is correct. She may be having constipation issues. Not that there are any ‘bugs’ in the canal, but simply that the anal canal is too small for the size of movements she is having that can cause a back-up in the rectum, thus causing the abdominal concerns [I had that problem with my youngest daughter till she was one year old]. Once you have eliminated all the potentials for physical ailments, you can then move on to try to determine if she is still suffering mentally from those previous incidents you have also mentioned. Then, you can get down to deciding if her little world is too stressful for her [you may not think so &/or that may not be the case at all, but she may be hyper-sensitive to environmental stimuli]. If any case, the little beauty doesn't deserve to have her young world interrupted by any hurting and I do hope you can find resolve soon...so she can go about the business of being a three-year-old! All the best to you and your beautiful daughter. kind regards, Denise.

Sharon - posted on 11/13/2009

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thank you to everyone who has taken the time to answer my query. It is helpful to know that we are not the only ones going through this. She is a regular toilet goer so I am pretty sure its not constipation problems. I too suffered IBS but started when I was in my 20's so was also hoping that it isnt that. I had not heard of Leaky Gut Syndrome but I am certainly going to suggest this to the Dr and see what he has to say..Thanks again for all your replies

ChereeandAdam - posted on 11/13/2009

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My 7 year old had the same problem and the dr told me to give him MiraLAX, its over the counter and is totally safe, it worked for us and is worth a try....if she is constipated it will save you alot of time and money on costly tests. I wish I would have known that was what was causing my sons stomach pains. Hope it helps:) Good Luck!!

Maureen - posted on 11/13/2009

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wow. This is quite odd since my 3 year old son is doing the same thing. Once he had a little bit of diarrhea after a complaint, but normally he cries about it awhile and then it seems to go away. I hate it! I often wonder if it's diet related (he has far too much dairy in his diet) or just gas pains. I have had Irritable Bowel Syndrome for most of my life and I worry that it's the beginning of that. I have heard of "leaky guy" which Heather (below) mentioned. We're having our son tested for food allergies. Anyhow - I feel your pain.

Heather - posted on 11/13/2009

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Our son, who is now 9, suffered with horrible stomach pains, at all times of day, where he would crawl to the couch or bed to lie down just short of tears. It started when he was 2 - 3. After several trips to different doctors, he was diagnosed with Leaky Gut Syndrome. We don't know how he got it but by the time we found out (age 5) he had developed multiple food allergies in response to the Leaky Gut, which then exacerbated his condition. We are so grateful to have found out. It has been 4 years and while he is still on a restricted diet (although MUCH less than initially) he doesn't have the acute stomach aches (unless he eats something he isn't suppose to). I hope this helps you. Good luck.

Michelle - posted on 11/13/2009

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My daugter went through and still is going through it. She is 7 though.... Like you our doctor has tested her and they can't fine anything either... There isn't much we could do... I know this probably doen't help much, but just know that we are going through the same... HAng in there I hope she feels better soon

Glenda - posted on 11/13/2009

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Could she be constipated? My daughter used to suffer from constipation if she ate too much cheese and not enough fruit. Just a thought.

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