My 6yo DD gets 'tummy aches'. (m)

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Registered: 12-08-2005
My 6yo DD gets 'tummy aches'. (m)
Tue, 12-13-2005 - 10:34am

she gets these tummy aches alot lately. for 3 days in a row now she's woke up at 6:30am complaining of one. then she told me this morning that "i feel better & can relax if i get up & watch tv". NOT falling for that. but she gets them at other times too. once we were in a restraunt with family & when her food came, we had to take her to the car b/c she felt like she was going to throw up. i have a feeling it has to do with her nerves. she can be high strung & struggles with questioning her decisions of right & wrong. she questions others actions of right or wrong & even tattles when she sees someone do something questionable on tv. (we strickly screen her television so she's not seeing anything TOO bad).
i've talked to others who have had kids at this age go thru the mysterious tummy aches too. any of you here?

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Registered: 08-31-2004
Tue, 12-13-2005 - 12:02pm

Any chance she could be constipated? That is a common cause of tummy aches - especially ones that come and go with no other noticeable cause.

I'd take her to the ped and get her checked out.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 12-13-2005 - 12:31pm

If it's a recent thing I'd just give hte ped a call and see what he/she says. It could be, like Susan said, constipation. If indeed it is her nerves, she needs some help in dealing with that before she gets older and really starts giving herself some problems with worries, KWIM?

If you can. make a log of when it happens. You'll be amazed at the common factors. Could be tie of day, activity, family issues, etc....anything, really. Could it be the holidays???

I hope this helps. =)

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Registered: 10-28-2004
Wed, 12-14-2005 - 12:30pm

My DS had this problem last year. He was 6 and in kindergarten at the time. He often complained of vague tummy aches at home and earned his "frequent flyer miles" at the school nurse's office.

I took him to his pediatrician to rule out anything physically wrong with him. He checked out OK. I discussed it with his pediatrician and asked for a referral to a counselor. His pediatrian and I discussed the fact that for kids of this age, emotional stress/upset can manifest as vague 'tummy' complaints, because kids this age have a difficult time expressing what EXACTLY is bothering them.

He still goes to see his counselor, and the only time he has been to the nurse this year was for an ice pack when he bumped his head on his desk!

Good Luck.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 12-16-2005 - 3:55pm

This sounds just like my Ashley - she too gets upset easy, tattles, whines, and complains of stuffy noses or tummy aches often. I just really try and talk her thru it. Occassionally I have given her a TUMS as I figured the extra calcium won't hurt her and it seems to settle it whether it was real or imaginary.

No real advice - just wanted to let you know you are not alone in this one...



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