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Causes of Chronic Stomach Pain in Children (with Solutions!)

Chronic Stomach Pain in Children

As parents, we always want our children to be happy and healthy. So, when a child experiences chronic stomach pain, it can be distressing for both the child and their caregiver. Chronic stomach pain in children can have various causes but understanding them is the first step toward finding relief.   

  1. Functional abdominal pain is one of the most frequent causes of chronic stomach pain in children. Children often express emotional distress through physical symptoms, including stomach pain. It's not associated with any structural or anatomical issues but can be triggered or worsened by stress, anxiety, or changes in routine. A supportive and understanding approach is crucial. Encourage open communication with your child and consider stress-reduction techniques, such as relaxation exercises. If stress and anxiety doesn’t reduce, our counsellors at Centric Mental Health can help address and overcome any issues causing distress. 

  1. Dietary choices can play a significant role in stomach discomfort. Consuming large amounts of fatty, spicy, or sugary foods can lead to chronic pain, as can inadequate fibre intake. Ensure your child maintains a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit foods known to trigger stomach discomfort and encourage portion control.  

  1. Digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, constipation, or food allergies can cause chronic stomach pain in children. These conditions often involve disruptions in the digestive process.  
    If you suspect your child has a digestive disorder, consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis. Treatment may include dietary modifications, medications, or lifestyle changes to manage these conditions effectively. 

  1. Stomach infections, such as gastroenteritis, are common in children and can lead to chronic pain if left untreated or if there's an underlying issue. Ensure your child stays hydrated if they are suffering with a tummy bug and consult a healthcare professional for appropriate treatment if symptoms persist. 

Chronic stomach pain can also be due to less common factors, such as gallstones, lactose intolerance, or structural abnormalities in the digestive system.  

If your child's stomach pain is persistent or accompanied by other concerning symptoms, consult your doctor for a thorough evaluation, which may include possible diagnostic tests.