To raise your growing children can be a mess sometimes. As they are picky eaters, it’s difficult to feed them the right nutrients. And then in spite of all the care, they end up getting sick. Stomach pain is one of the most common complaints among growing children. Due to poor eating habits like not chewing food properly or eating junk food, kids do suffer from indigestion but sometimes the problem may get severe. Here are some common stomach ailments children suffer from, which need immediate attention of a child specialist.

1. Ulcers

Though staying hungry for longer intervals can cause ulcers in the stomach wall, in many cases, it is caused due to bacterial infection. It occurs due to the disturbed pH imbalance in the stomach. Symptoms include burning pain after eating and frequent vomiting. It is necessary to see your doctor as soon as possible to reduce the symptoms. In worse cases, you might require visiting a 24 hrs open hospital, even if it is in the middle of the night.

2. Infection

Infections are caused by ingestion of worm eggs and other pathogens with food. These pathogens multiply in abdomen and cause symptoms like tiredness, blood and mucus in stool along with abdominal pain. These infections require immediate attention or it may become unmanageable. Anti-helminthic drugs are prescribed by medical practitioners. However, if infection increases, surgical removal is required.

3. Food Poisoning

Eating habits of children should be closely monitored especially during moist climate as fungal infections may cause food poisoning. Child complains of pain, loose stools, and vomiting. Proper intake of fluids and salts should be taken to avoid dehydration. Only home cooked and simple food should be given to the child at this time. It is always a good idea to see your doctor if your child complains of repeated vomiting.

4. Appendicitis

Many times, appendicitis is ignored in children. Appendicitis is a condition in which an extreme point of large intestine gets inflamed due to various reasons. Child complains of tenderness in the right side in the lower abdomen and guards the region if tried to touch. Seek immediate medical attention in such case. Usually, surgical removal of the appendix is required to avoid recurrence of such pain.

A balanced diet and proper physical activities may help your child to avoid stomach pain. But in some cases, pain occurs out of nowhere but that should not be ignored. Visit a paediatrician if your kid complains of sudden pain. And in case of a severe show of symptoms, don’t postpone your trip to the hospital.