Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Purple | 2009/11/30


Stomach ulcers in children

My son is 5 and a half. His Dad took him camping this weekend (while I had a lovely rest) and unfortunately gave him coke all weekend.
He has had fizzy juice before, but I don' t give him coke because of the caffeine.
My husband says he drank nearly 2 litres of coke over teh weekend. The effects of the caffeine have obviously worn off by now and he' s sleeping fine again.

However, what I' m concerned about is that he has been complaining that his stomach hurts and that his throat hurts (at the same time). He complains about this when lying down as well as when sitting in his car seat.
Is it possible that he has got a stomach ulcer?
I have had one before and my throat burned from the reflux when I lay down and my stomach (and throat) hurt terribly while I was driving and while I was in my chair at work.

Should I take him to the GP or peadiatrician just to check that all is well, or is it worth giving it a few days to see if things settle.
He does not seem to be in great pain as he is playing quite happily and just tells me it is sore when it is sore, but only complains once and doesn' t whine about it.

Expert's Reply



This problem may also have been started by all the Coke he drank over the weekend. Coke is very acidic. You are correct, your son's complaints are due to increased acidity with reflux. It is highly unlikely that he has a stomach ulcer.Give him an antacid such as Gaviscon Liquid 5ml twice to three times a day after meals for a few days and see if he stops complaining. If he continues then ask your paediatrician to see him.

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