Trying to discover the cause of a toddler’s stomachache can be tricky. An older toddler may even be able to tell you how it feels, but there could be so many causes; anything from stomach flu to gas, to stress.
So, how can you tell what is wrong?
Is your toddler vomiting or does she have diarrhea? If so, she may have gastroenteritis, or stomach flu. In most cases, the stomach flu cannot be treated with antibiotics because it is usually caused from a virus.
Treat the stomach flu at home with plenty of fluids and over the counter children’s pain relievers. If symptoms get worse or do not start to dissipate within a few days, take your child to the doctor.
A stomachache can also be an allergy to milk. Symptoms of an allergy to milk include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and rashes. Watch for these symptoms after your child has milk and if you feel this may be the cause, take them to the doctor.
If your toddler has had a recent change in their diet, this too could be the cause of a stomachache. In this case, there will often be constipation or runny stools in addition to the stomachache. You may need to alter your child’s diet depending on the symptoms.
An upper respiratory illness can also cause stomachaches. Mucus is swallowed and will irritate the stomach. If your child has a sore throat, fever, and headache along with his tummy problems, it could be strep throat. Call your doctor immediately as this illness is caused by Streptococcus bacteria and needs antibiotic treatment.
If your toddler complains of a stomachache at certain times but there are no other symptoms, it could be caused by stress. Try to pinpoint the cause of the stress and deal with it. Your child may be afraid of something or is having anxiety.