Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: sue | 2010/05/26

Q.

stomach ulcer - possible in children?

My daughter has been suffering from burning pain in her stomach, which sometimes comes up to the back of her throat (reflux). She feels very nauseaus but never vomits. She''s goes very pale and her head throbs. She sometimes feels dizzy too. I have taken her for blood tests and an ultrasound scan ruling out anything serious. If she had an ulcer would they have picked that up? Does this sound like an ulcer?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your daughter's problem sounds like a reflux problem or possibly an hiatus hernia. An hiatus hernia would be unusual in a child. Stomach ulcers can occur in children and this is a possibility. It would be best to ask a paediatric gastroenterologist to see your daughter so that a proper diagnosis can be made.

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