Posted by: Eve's Mom | 2007/12/16



My 3 year old daughter often complains of tummy cramps. I have to often rub her little tummy till it feels better.

When I started solids with her at 4 months (Regrettably) she would cramp on most things that I gave her. She could basically only eat butternut and apples and pears for months. She would also not eat very much.
As time went by her system did improve. However even after 18 months she would still cramp on foods such as bannana, strawberry, rice etc.
At the time, I thought that this was normal for babies to cramp so much. Now that I have had a second baby, I realise that this is unusual as my 7mnth old cramps on very little.

Three nights ago, my 3 yr old started with cramps at about 5 in the afternoon and I thought that it would pass, but it got pogressively worse. By 23h30 she was in such sever pain and screaming that I phone the ER to get advise as I was afraid it could have been her appendix. The DR on duty asked me to bring her in to check her out, so I did. It turned out to be 'colic' as he put it. And gave her buscapan.(The most expensive buscapan I have ever bought!!!!)

My question is this. Will my daughter always have probelms with her digestive system? Could she have narrowing of the intestines or something to that effect and if so, could this cause spastic colon in the future?

Thanks for all your advise Dr and my God bless you and your family this festive season

Expert's Reply



Thank you for your good wishes. The cause of recurrent abdominal pain in young children is often difficult to diagnose. Originally it was believed that in most cases there was a strong psychological icause, but this view is no longer held. It is now believed that in most cases there is one of 3 possible causes for the complaint;Irritable bowel syndrome, non-ulcer dyspepsia or abdominal migraine. In your daughter's case her symptoms strongly suggest irritable bowel syndrome.Here there is an altered sensation of events taking place during the passage of food through the intestines;children can feel the food going 'round the bends' in the intestine as a result of increased sensitivity of the lining of the intestine.It is worthwhile consulting a paediatric gastroenterologist about your daughter's problem as she needs expert diagnosis and treatment. There are experts in all the main centres in SA.

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Posted by: Olga Pieterse | 2008/12/03

I want to know what the systems are for irritable bowl syndrome at children and what I can do.

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