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Tummy Ache????

My 5 yr old dd has been complaining of a stomach ache on and off for several days now. Before this, she would complain occasionally. She has very large stools, so I assumed this was why. I've thought of and tried different things like taking her off dairy, etc. No changes. She is a bit dramatic and has a twin brother so she likes the attention she gets when her "tummy hurts". Should I try a daily fiber drink or food? Is there something I'm not thinking about? We do not have insurance so I don't want to run her to the doctor everyother day, but I certainly will if I need to. Has your child gone throught something simliar? What did you do?

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cmorbeauty

Asked by cmorbeauty at 8:56 AM on Oct. 10, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • Start with prunes or prune juice to get her bowels moving again. If she doesn't eat high fiber foods (ie whole grains, fruits and veggies) then by all means start her on a fiber supplement. Natural stool softeners include pear, peach, peas. Constipators include under ripe banana, cooked carrot. Also, apple and apple juice can be a gas producer...try white grape juice instead....it will help keep things moving too.
    ANGIE409

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 10:09 AM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • The white grape juice is a good idea, typically she drinks apple juice and milk. She eats whole grain bread, fruits and veggies, but she loves banana's. So I'll cut those out at least by half.
    cmorbeauty

    Comment by cmorbeauty (original poster) at 10:22 AM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • My sons Urologist has him take MiraLAX 3x's a week to make sure his bowels move and that they are not too big or hard. It works wonders to keep his system in line and now only takes it once a week.

    emerald53197

    Answer by emerald53197 at 11:30 AM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • I would definitely look at upping fiber and cutting out some dairy, which can cause constipation and tummy upset.
    KTMOM

    Answer by KTMOM at 10:24 AM on Oct. 11, 2010

  • See if eating fruit and whole grains helps. I don't know your situation, but you may want to look in to Medicaid for your kiddos.
    PhilsBabyMama

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 10:01 PM on Oct. 11, 2010

  • Avoid dairy and anything that has too much fiber for a few days, THEN add in those things to get her regular again. You should give her some yogurt daily once she gets all "cleaned out" - it will help. :)
    WomanWitty

    Answer by WomanWitty at 11:06 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

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