Baby Symptoms & Conditions

Being a new parent means decoding a ton of baby symptoms, from a fever, to excessive crying to strange lumps and bumps. Is it a cold? The flu? Teething? Colic? Gas pain? The Bump is here to help! Try out our symptom finder to see what health conditions baby's symptoms could be signaling. And browse through a ton of articles on everything from baby allergies to yeast diaper rash. Find out what causes any common baby health condition, how to prevent it and how to treat it if baby gets it. We've got a ton of advice and tips from medical experts and from moms and dads who've been through it. So whether it's just a cold, or a sign of asthma, get the scoop on all baby and toddler symptoms and conditions right here at The Bump.

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Stomachache in Babies

How a toddler tells you her tummy hurts -- and how you can figure out what’s causing it.

What is a stomachache like for a toddler?

Tummy troubles often start in the toddler years, and unfortunately, a tummy ache is likely to be one of the most common complaints you’ll hear throughout her childhood.

What could be causing my toddler’s stomachache?

She might say, “My tummy hurts,” whether she’s scarfed down too many cookies and juice, has to poo or possibly has something more serious going on. It’s most likely she just has gas pains, but she could have an abdominal blockage or have developed intussusception (where the intestinal wall folds in on itself -- ouch!). And there’s a small, but possible chance she’s got appendicitis. In some toddlers, food allergies (like a lactose intolerance) can also be to blame.

When should I take my baby to the doctor with a stomachache?

If she has a fever, if you’re seeing blood in her stool or her vomit, or, of course, if she’s in pain (rather than just a little uncomfortable), call your doctor immediately or seek urgent medical treatment.

What should I do to treat my toddler’s stomachache?

If you think her bellyaches are caused by gas, try gently rubbing her belly in a clockwise motion. Kid-specific gas drops aren’t proven to work, but some moms swear they help alleviate symptoms in their children.

-- Jennifer Shu, MD, pediatrician with Children’s Medical Group P.C. in Atlanta and author of Heading Home With Your Newborn (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2010)

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