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Tummy Troubles

At some point, every parent is bound to hear these three words: “My stomach hurts.”

Most of the time, kids’ stomach pain goes away on its own with home remedies like ginger ale and TLC. But sometimes stomach aches may signal something more serious. How can parents tell the difference?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital experts say parents should be mindful of how long it lasts and any other symptoms that come with it. Recurring bouts of what seems like gastroenteritis could really be a sign of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), especially if you have a family history of IBD. Chronic stomach aches also can come from food allergies or food intolerance.

Appendicitis and Other Issues: Acute pain in a child’s lower right abdomen is a sign of appendicitis, which should be treated right away. On top of that, stomach aches can be tied to a wide range of conditions, from asthma to severe colds to problems at school.

So when a stomach ache seems like something more, listen to your parental “gut” — and don’t be afraid to talk to your child’s doctor.

Source: Cleveland Clinic