When your Child Presents with Abdominal Pain

child-and-abdominal-painI remember when my children would complain of tummy aches.  Did you know that tummy aches are one of the most frequent complaints in children?  Because there are many potential causes attributed with it, the challenge of properly diagnosing the problem increases for both the parent and the physician.  There are times when an immediate visit to the emergency room is warranted, then there are times when you just lay there with your child to help soothe the pain away.  Causes can be food related, infectious, bites, etc.  What do you do?

You find yourself sitting there wondering—is it bacteria or a virus, is it Gastroenteritis or the stomach flu, is it food poisoning or food allergies, is it just gas or did they eat too much?  What is happening to my baby?  Why is the cramping so severe?  Why won’t they stop crying?  Why won’t this medication work?  What am I supposed to do?!

Relax, take the pain serious.  You may need to make that visit to the ER to rule out anything major (i.e. appendicitis).  However, even if the pain subsides overnight, make sure you follow through with your child’s pediatrician to ensure your child is receiving the best possible care.  Again, welcome to the journey of parenthood.  It is a journey of love and rewards, which is also accompanied by pain and sleepless nights.  Continue to invest in the blessing which God has bestowed upon you.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

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