Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Daisy | 2008/08/13

Q.

Strange cramps

Dear Dr,

My LG of 6.5m has strange “ cramps”  if I can call it that. She has reflux, which is under control. She is currently teething, but otherwise very happy and content. She has no fever or anything strange to worry about except these “ cramps”  she gets. I’ m not sure how to describe it. She looks more like she is constipated and pushing very hard until her face is red and it looks like she’ s going to pop either an eye or a vein. But, she is not constipated. She almost looks very frustrated, cries / screams just a little and it doesn’ t last longer than a minute of “ cramping, stopping to breathe, cramping again...”  a few times a day –  nothing during the night. Sometimes she passes wind after such an episode, otherwise she really just goes on as if nothing happened. I also do not think it is stomach ache, as I’ ve been giving her Buscopan 3 x daily for 3 days now, without any improvement. It’ s not due to her daily diet, as it does not happen only after a bottle, but any time. I’ m not sure if this could maybe be heartburn or just the teething? The bottom 2 teeth are nearly through, and really bothering her, but other than this funny cramping she really seems as healthy and happy as can be. I really do not want to go to the paed again if it passes in a few days, as both I’ ve seen before blames every single ailment on reflux immediatly, and for some reason I mostly end up with antibiotics for nothing more than a runny nose.

Thank you so much,
Daisy

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

These symptoms do no appear to be due to reflux. As she is thriving it is difficult to be sure about the cause, but as she appears to be windy as well as having the cramps a food intolerance is a possibility. Has she started on a new cereal recently, especially a wheat based cereal? It is possible that her symptoms are due to a wheat intolerance. Milk intolerance does not seem to be the cause here.

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