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Expert counsels mothers on children with abdominal pains

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Mothers of children with recurrent abdominal pains are advised to keep a diary for the child as an easy way to confirm the frequency, duration and associations of the pain.

Principal Medical Officer, Paediatrics Department, State House Medical Centre, Abuja, Dr Halima Dange, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

She said chronic abdominal pain, headaches and recurrent limb pains are the three common pain syndromes of childhood.

She said vast number of children with recurrent abdominal pain do not have serious underlying gastro-intestinal disease.

She said clinical assessment had classified abdominal pain into one of the six categories largely based on its associations.

She added that abdominal migraine is an abdominal pain which lasts for almost 72 hours, usually associated with nausea and vomiting.

According to Dange, constipation is common throughout childhood and adolescence.

“Fresh blood on a constipated stool may lead to reluctance to the passage of bowel motions and result into abdominal pains,’’ she said.

She added that when abdominal pain is relieved by defecation or associated with stool frequency or consistency; the stool may vary from hard to loose and watery, it suggests irritable bowel syndrome.

She said others are chronic or recurrent abdominal pain syndrome peptic ulcer disease and chronic inflammatory bowel diseases are associated with night waking, nausea, fatigue and weight loss.