Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Nic | 2011-03-03

Q.

Tummy ache

My daughter has been complaining of stomach ache (near belly button) area and when prodded is very sore. She seemed a little pale too and we have kept her off school for 2 days. She went to her GP this morning who said not appendix, but constipation, prescribed a laxative, scopex and and antibiotic as a precausion. He did a urine test and said she has keytones (what is keytones?). She did do a bowel movement today, but it was very pale in colour and I am certain there were some blood specks in it. I called the doc and he said just to observe. What if she has eaten somthing and its damaged her insides? What about impaction? She is bouncing around like crazy this afternoon, rolling about with her boucing ball and just being her normal self, but everytime I ask her if its sore she says yes. How do I know when its an emergency? What about the blood specks? She is 7 yrs. Thank you.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It seems like the GP was correct and your daughter was constipated. The hard constipated and pale stool she passed caused some slight bleeding as it was being passed.Ketones are found in urine when a child has not been eating or drinking enough. She seems to be back to normal. Give her plenty to drink.

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