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When a stomach bug hits the family, it hits hard! My kids seem to get the stomach bug every couple of months and each time it happens, I try to figure out what the cause of the ailment is.

A stomach bug can be caused by a few different things:

Constipation: Cramping and uncomfortable bloating are the usual symptoms of constipation, plus 2 or more days of not pooping. According to a recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics, constipation causes almost half of all acute abdominal pain in kids.

Reflux: Some kids will wake up in the middle of the night complaining of a burning sensation in their chest and mid-abdomen.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): This is more common in older kids, but young kids can experience it too. IBS in children could mean bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation.

Ulcers: A dull ache that comes and goes. A child may also experience blood in their stool or vomiting.

General Tummy Ache: Sometimes your kids just eat too much or mix too many different types of foods together and wind up getting a tummy ache.

 

Stomach Bug Cures

  • When your kids get a stomach ache it is important to keep them hydrated. I had a hard time getting my kids to drink a ton of water, so I bought a bunch of sports drink in order  to pump them full with electrolytes
  • Have them take a warm bath to see if that eases the pain
  • Have them eat a high-fiber diet in order to get their system back up and working
  • Have them sit with a heating pad (be careful that they don’t burn themselves)

 

Disclaimer: this information is based on opinion and is not provided by a medical professional.