When to Seek Help for your Child’s Digestive Trouble

iStock_000034696976_Large.jpgAs an adult, it’s obvious when someone is suffering from a legitimate digestive issue. Not only can they identify stomach pain, they also can determine what food causes this pain and avoid eating it. However, children who suffer from digestive trouble can be harder to diagnose. Because children are generally picky eaters, it’s tough to know what may be causing them problems.

Knowing when to seek medical care about your child’s digestive issues is important in getting him or her back on the road to recovery and a healthy diet.

  • If your child’s digestive issues include vomiting or diarrhea, always call your pediatrician or a local urgent care center immediately. While there are many illnesses that can result in these symptoms, any time your child has vomited more than once, you notice blood or bile in their vomit or they can’t keep down liquids, you should call a doctor.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, constipation can also be means for a doctor visit. Symptoms of constipation include abdominal pain, cramping of the stomach, painful bowel movements and obvious blockage of bowel movement.
  • Severe abdominal pain that is accompanied by bloating, cramping, nausea or general discomfort should be observed by a doctor, especially if it occurs for more than two weeks.
  • Pickier-than-normal eating is a major sign for concern. Because you know your child’s likes and dislikes, you should be able to pick up on increased food avoidance. Telltale signs of diet issues include difficulty gaining weight, heartburn after meals and abdominal pain.

If you think your child may be suffering from digestive trouble, it’s a good idea to get him or her checked out to be safe. For a full medical evaluation, visit Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care to speak with a trained health expert. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care provides quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit. Be sure to use the online check in to avoid the waiting room.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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