DD vomited a couple of times in the early hours of last Sat morning, which I put down to a sickness bug doing the rounds. She didn’t eat much over the weekend and seemed a bit quiet but was basically ok.
On Sunday night she woke up several times crying in pain, saying her tummy hurt. She was still uncomfortable by morning so we went to gp, who couldn’t find anything major and said it was likely to be the sickness bug lingering a bit.
Fast forward to today and Dd is still crying a fair bit, saying her tummy hurts. She does have spells in between when she seems fine, but we always come back to this sore tummy. It seems to peak when she eats, which is understandably putting her off food.
Is it normal for sick bug tummy pains to go on this long ? Or might it be something else?
She’s got no temp, had one loose poo on Monday but otherwise normal in that dept and no more vomiting.
I think her tummy does hurt, yes. She insists on having an ice pack in it, as they do at school when something hurts, bless her. The pain seems to come and go but seems worse when she eats or at the end of the day - or maybe she’s just had enough by then and reacts more, crying etc.
If I press her tummy gently it doesn’t seem to hurt on one spot more than another, if that makes sense. The gp ruled out appendicitis for that reason.
She hasn’t vomited since last Friday so I wouldn’t have thought the physical pain of being sick would still be hurting by now, but I do know what you mean.
She’s been picking away at food, bits of fruit, half a ham sandwich and a bit of flapjack for lunch. A bit of pasta last night. She’s a picky eater at the best of times but hasn’t got much appetite at present. She’s drinking her usual amounts of squash.
Does she have a sore throat or a headache? Mine always get bad stomach aches when they have a throat infection and the stomach ache is usually worse than the throat. Another sign is a strawberry tongue....google it its v difficult to describe but easy to understand if you see a photo.
Could be a virus. Then they have glands around the tummy button that swell up and cause pain. I've actually been to A&E with my son in the early years, because sometimes the tummy pain was worse than the cold/virus he had. But we always got told the same thing, it's the glands in the tummy. I'd imagine your girl will get better in the next few days. It's 7 to 10 days for a virus, I think....
It could be swollen glands in the abdomen, as pp said, but I'm wondering how old she is? My dds both had terrible tummy pain in the months before they started their periods. Either way, it's best to get it checked out.
It sounds like mesenteric adenitis (swollen a abdominal glands) as other posters have said. There's a really useful chart on children's abdominal pain here it tells you when to see a GP, when to call 111 and when to go to A&E (with the usual caveat that if you are just instinctively very worried about your child, despite their obvious symptoms fitting into a 'less concerning' category, you should never feel you can't seek help).
This sounds very like a sickness bug that we all had about a month ago. Started with usual symptoms, nausea, vomiting etc. These cleared after about 24 hours but every day after eating for about a week afterwards I was left with stomach pain.
It was a whole week before I could eat again properly without it making me feel poorly.
Fingers crossed that it is just a virus and your DD will be back to normal quickly.