Posted by: mimi | 2006/04/04


Stomach ache

my 31 month old daughter complained when se was around 26 months of a stomach ache, but 5 minutes later seemed happy and in no pain, i mentioned this to the paedi at 28 months and she said probably nothing serious if she seemed ok so soon after the complaint. It then stopped, as of recent she has started mentioning again that her stomach is sore, pulling her face and frowning, of course when i ask her to show me "where" exactly she will point to all different positions on tummy not just one area. Once again 5 min later she seems fine and all forgotten, she mostly complains after eating, and i have ruled out allergies since we've done tests and keep her away from the things she is allergic too i.e. cows milk. peanuts and egg white. We very good at excluding these so i am not sure, and she eats home cooked food and will complain after her porridge with rice milk or after a meal of protein, carb and veg so i dont think its the food itself.

On the other hand i give her a multivit every 2nd day and mostly after saying her stomach is sore she asks for the tablet (multivitamin) because she likes succking on it like a sweet, so i am not sure if it really is a sore stomach or just wanting attention or the multivitamin? what do you think, should i take this seriously and if so what tests should i insist on and can i start at the GP's rooms or straight to paedi?

It is a concern as she also complains to the nanny during the day but same thing, 5 min later forgotten, asks for the multivit which she now knows there is a connection between taking tablets and something being sore or wrong first before you take it, she does not understand that hers is a multivitamin and not a pain killer....

Expert's Reply



This could be due to an infection with a parasite called Giardia. Ask your paed to check her again and if he cannot find anything wrong ask him to treat your little girl for Giardiasis.

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