Stomach, intestinal problems in children – How to take care

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain are all symptoms of a great number of ailments which range widely in degree or severity.

Eating too much, or of the wrong foods, may cause vomiting. On the other hand it may be first sign of a common childhood disease or an internal disorder.

Stomach ache, loose or hard bowel may mean anything from emotional upset to having worms. Check with doctor when anything unusual appears.

Treatment will vary according to the cause. Not the symptoms. Worms can cause either constipation or diarrhea. Unusual appearance of the bowel movements is one of the signs of cystic fibrosis.

Large and foul stools may be passed because of poor absorption of fats from from the foods the child eats. This disease is inherited from parents who carry the trait but usually have no symptoms themselves. Eventually, it disturbs many of the functions of the body.

A child with cystic fibrosis is apt to have repeated or chronic lung infections. He usually has a large appetite, but may nevertheless gain weight slowly. Careful and continued supervision by doctor is necessary.

Celiac disease

Unusual appearance of the bowel movements can also be a sign of celiac disease. This is chronic intestinal indigestion resulting from intolerance to certain food substances, most often to a protein found in wheat and rye.

Frequent bouts of diarrhea during the first year of life may be the first sign of the disease; alter the bowel movements are likely to be bulky, pale frothy and foul smelling. If the disease is not treated. Growth may be slowed. Treatment consists of a diet planned by the doctor to meet the child’s nutritional needs while avoiding the foods which he cannot tolerate.

Any changing in urinating habits may indicate illness. In wet or chilly weather, he may naturally urinate more often. A persistent increase in voiding. However, may mean diabetes (diabetes mellitus), inability body to use sugar and starches.

Untreated, the diabetic loses weight, no matter how much he eats, and eventually dies. A special diet and use of medicines now make it possible for a child with diabetes to live a full, normal life. Cloudy or smoky urine may contain pus, the result of kidney infection.

Pyelitis is more common in little girls than boys. The child may seem perfectly well except for the cloudy urine. In other cases, the child may seem sick, but without fever or pain, or there may be a headache and low fever. In any case, get a doctor’s diagnosis. Take a sample of urine along with you in a clean small bottle.

Vaginitis, a discharge from vagina (the opening into the female reproductive system) may vary from mild and brief, to mild yet persistent, or to thick and profuse. The urine may appear clouded or bloody if it becomes merged with the discharge. The doctor should be consulted to clear up what may be mild or more serious infection. Occasionally a little girl has pushed some object into her vagina.