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Last week my 3 year old son had too many varieties of snacks and puked 3 to 4 times in the night. He started complaining of tummy ache. It became worse, anything he drinks, he was throwing it up, even little amounts of water. We took him to the pediatrician and she diagnosed it to be a stomach virus. He was treated with an shot to stop vomiting, and she gave ORS and advised bland food. From past couple of days he also having some loose bowels. We would be visiting the doctor again tomm.

But this tummy ache which he complains after eating anything is almost for a month. My wife puts a warm cloth on his tummy to soothe the pain. But nothing was serious except from the last week incident.

Has any of you seen where the child complains of tummy ache after eating? Any similar experiences?

Thanks.

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Seems strange that his tummy still hurts after such a long time. Perhaps he is liking the attention he gets because of it? Or perhaps not. Either way, you should consult a doctor who can recommend proper diagnosis route and treatment. The Internet's not the best place to ask for medical advice. –  Dariusz May 30 at 10:42

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A problem when diagnosing children's ailments is their inability to describe their symptoms in a useful way. My daughter often has a sore stomach, but it has only been relatively recently that we have been able to get more useful information, such as:

  • sore musculature - sometimes after a long swimming/taekwon do training day she only notices the aches after she has cooled down and then eaten. For years we thought there was a problem in her eating, but now we know it is just the aches of a hard workout.
    • sore cramping pain - we have started to realise this isn't due to food, but as she is nearly 10 years old this is more of a monthly thing. Again - as she couldn't describe it we really didn't know for a while.
  • upset stomach - she can now describe the feeling of an upset stomach such as a stomach virus, and how it differs from just having too hot a chilli or curry.

You should go back to the doctor, as anything which lasts a while can be a concern, but it could just be down to lack of ability to describe correctly what is going on.

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yeah, you are 100% right. Kids have trouble describing their symptoms plus there are plethora of diseases for the same symptoms. It makes really hard to diagnose. –  basav Apr 7 '12 at 9:42

Does your son have milk with most meals? He could be lactose intolerant. You could try a soy based replacement for milk. Remember, foods like pizza and ice cream also contain dairy and can cause the same symptoms.

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yeah..usually he has milk. Thanks, I would replace with soy and see if the symptoms persist. –  basav Apr 7 '12 at 9:38

Getting over a stomach virus can take a long while. I happen to catch one last month, had cold chills and all the symptoms. For a week after I had gotten all well, I would get so hungry, feel perfectly fine, but immediately after eating wouldn't feel so great. So it does take time for your system to recover after something like that.

Here are the important foods to avoid during this period, to help improve recovery times. Avoid all dairy products, leafy green vegetables, fatty foods and fatty meat. These things won't settle well in the stomach.

For breakfast warm oat meal is best. For snacks, apples, whole wheat bread and crackers with grapes. For lunch, soups are best with toast. Tuna sandwich is good to. Dinner as normal, but without any sauces or other rich foods.

For me, when I could finally eat, it was a few weeks but it was amazing. Like enjoying food for the first time. Pore little guy, I know what it's like.

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If he had a stomach virus, his levels of healthy germs could be off. A probiotic supplement may help and, at the very least, is unlikely to make the problem worse.

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yeah..The doctor has given a probiotic supplement stating the same reason. He is better now –  basav Apr 10 '12 at 11:24

I have a 7 year old who constantly complains about her stomach hurting when she eats. She also has frequent issues like constipation. I spoke with a dr about it and have read a bit about it, and seems to be fairly common with kids as they are still growing and they have sensitive digestive systems. Just follow your gut, you can kinda tell if they are ill or just feeling a bit of discomfort. Never hurts to have a doc just check it out. Good luck!

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