Virtually every child will experience an upset tummy at some point and
it’s not unusual for children to display selective eating habits.
This is why it can be difficult for parents to know when it’s time
to seek the guidance of a specialist in pediatrics. As a general rule
of thumb, parents might seek medical help at
Palms West Hospital when children experience severe symptoms or milder symptoms that persist
longer than a couple of weeks.
Abdominal pain in pediatric patients could be indicative of a number of
problems. Sometimes, kids get tummy aches simply because they ate too
much. But in some cases, abdominal pain could indicate food poisoning,
gastroenteritis, or gastritis. It might also indicate inflammatory bowel
disease (IBD), which typically presents as
abdominal pain and cramps that frequently recur. The abdominal pain of IBD can be accompanied by recurrent diarrhea, fatigue,
rectal bleeding, and delayed growth. If your child’s abdominal pain
is persistent or severe, it’s time to see his or her pediatrician.
Children sometimes experience constipation, perhaps in addition to abdominal
pain. Constipation is often due to lifestyle factors, such as lack of
proper fluid intake or exercise and a low-fiber diet. It’s not unusual
for some children to develop constipation during the potty training years,
in which case it may be attributable to stress. It may be time to call
the pediatrician when a child is failing to pass at least one bowel movement
every other day, experiencing pain with bowel movements, or displaying
Vomiting can occur when a child becomes nervous, worried, or excited. It
can occur due to minor medical issues such as viral infections or major
problems such as meningitis, intestinal blockages, or appendicitis. It’s
time to call the doctor when a child cannot keep fluids down, vomits more
than once, or has bloody vomit.
Children’s Hospital at Palms West brings together leading specialists in pediatric medicine,
including specialists in gastroenterology and emergency care. Palms West
Hospital invites parents in Loxahatchee, FL, to explore our medical services
on our website. Or, call a registered nurse any time of the day or night
at (561) 345-7009.