Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Symptoms for baby's abdominal pain


Hi to all mommies and parents,

Here's symptom guide if your baby is experiencing abdominal pain. I hope this could help us parents however please take note that this information is meant to serve as a guide and not to replace your doctor's advice.

Find your child's symptoms and illness.
What it could be:

Colic
Cries uncontrollably for more than three hours/day, three days/week for at least three weeks, may be most intense in evening; alternately pulls up and extends legs; may be gassy. Most common in babies under age 3 months.

Gastric reflux
Voraciously hungry but stops eating after a short time and starts crying or screaming; frequently spits up; often vomits more than twice a day; may wheeze, cough, or gag.

Constipation
Less frequent bowel movements (especially if none in three days); obvious discomfort while passing stool; dry, hard stools. Usually starts with the introduction of solid foods at age 4 to 6 months.

Stomach bug or food poisoning
Vomiting; diarrhea; refuses to eat much; possible fever.

Parasitic infection
Gas; cramps; bloating; diarrhea.

Lactase deficiency
Fussiness after eating; gas; bloating; watery stools. Common during first few weeks of life.

Food allergy
May have dry, itchy rash on face, kneecaps, elbows; consistent allergic symptoms after eating a particular food, including any of these: itching and swelling of face, lips, and mouth; hives; watery eyes and runny nose; possibly vomiting, diarrhea, or difficulty breathing. Not likely until after age 6 months.
*Call the doctor if your baby is having trouble breathing

Intussusception
Seemingly fine one minute and then writhing in pain the next; vomiting; lethargic; passing bloody, mucusy stools. Most common between age 6 months and 3 years.
*Call the doctor right away

Incarcerated hernia
Lump in the genital area or near the navel that suddenly becomes larger, harder, or darker, and cannot be easily "pushed back in"; vomiting; writhing in pain. Most common under age 1.
*Call the doctor right away

Resources:
http://www.babycenter.com/

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