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When to See a Doctor About Your Child's Digestive Health

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

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.

Constipation

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 bloody stool.

Vomiting

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.

The 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.

Categories: Children

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