how odd ! my dd2 aged 7 is doing exactly the same . we were talking about it tonight and i was contemplating taking her to the drs but not sure as it is all so vague. she is eating well ,not constipated and running aroud pefectly happily most of the time then frequent perhaps daily low level whinge about tummy ache ...most odd!
Is she ever short of breath? Does she wheeze, or have a cough (especially at night)? Can she run around like a loon for ages or does she have to sit down from time to time?
Many young children with asthma report symptoms as 'tummy ache'.
The other thing is that some young children report tummy ache when there is something they don't want to do. Or when they have a full bowel or bladder - the pain goes away when they have weed or pooed (even if not constipated).
A GP told me that many kids say they have a 'tummy ache' as a general code for not feeling quite right. She also said there are lymph nodes near the stomach so if someone has an infection and their lymph nodes are swollen, that can lead to an 'ache' in that area. i.e. there are many reasons a child can say they have 'tummy ache'.
My dd2 always has tummy ache when she has ear ache due to those lymph nodes. I have finally trained the school to ask her if her ears are hurting when she says she's got tummy ache before assuming she has a viral tummy bug and phoning me to collect her! She gets a lot of ear ache.
DS uses "tummy ache" to mean that he is tired, or hungry, or generally doesn't feel well. Or when he has a tummy ache, of course, but that's a minority of the occasions. I have to guess what the actual cause is...