Babies and stomach aches; what you should know

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Babies can get upset stomachs and you will want to fix the problem fast. Knowing what to do to help them can actually be tricky, because they cannot tell you why it hurts or how bad it is, or even where exactly it is hurting. Here is what you should know about why stomach aches happen.

Symptoms

Babies may be telling you that they got tummy pains if they show one or more of these signs:

  • Acts fussy or grumpy
  • Doesn’t sleep or eat
  • Cries more than usual
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Trouble being still (squirming or tensing up muscles)
  • Makes faces that show pain (squeezing eyes shut, grimacing)

Stomachaches are common for kids. Luckily, they’re not usually caused by anything serious. They can be painful, though, so it’s good to have soothing strategies on hand.

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Why do babies get stomach pains so much?

Well, it could be for more than one reason.

Colic usually happens in babies under 3 months old. Doctors aren’t sure why babies get colic, but they think it may make the intestines tighten painfully. It can last for a few hours if the baby is really colicky.

Gas is another reason for babies to get stomach aches. It actually goes hand in hand with colic too. Their digestive systems are still not mature enough and may be working out the kinks as they develop. Therefore, gas is fairly common.

Constipation is another common reasons for crying babies. It can hurt when little systems back up. If all your child can get out is hard, dry bowel movements, or none at all, they are constipated.

Reflux can cause painful burning sensations in the baby’s stomach, coming up into their esophagus. Babies with an acid reflux situation that often flares up, could also have something called GERD – Gastroesophagul Reflux Disease.

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When should you call the doctor?

If your child’s stomachache comes on really quickly, or if it won’t go away, check in with the pediatrician. The doctor will especially want to know if your child has other symptoms, such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea that lasts a few days or more

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