Do children suffer from stomach pressure?
Even children often experience stomach pressure with further symptoms like heartburn, constipation or flatulence. There can be a wide range of causes behind stomach pressure in children.
If the feeling of stomach pressure is present after eating, it may be because too much has been consumed. In this case, stomach pressure is caused by the stomach wall expanding excessively due to the large amount of food ingested. Even if the feeling of fullness is an unpleasant sensation for the person affected, parents do not have to worry. The pressure in the abdomen disappears after a while when the food has been digested.
If there were beans, lentils or savoy cabbage for lunch, the increased development of gas in the intestine is usually the cause of bloating, experienced as the feeling of stomach pressure. Pulses and cabbage are also among the foods that produce more gases during the digestive process. Similarly, swallowing air, carbonated drinks or just hastily ingesting food can also cause gas to accumulate in the child’s stomach. The feeling of stomach pressure then rises because the excess air, enriched with carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen, accumulates in the intestine.
Food intolerances may also often be responsible for a feeling of pressure in the stomach, mostly occurring together with abdominal pain. If stomach problems occur in children, especially after eating milk or cereal-based foods, the possibility should be considered that these are not tolerated. If you suspect an intolerance with your child , it is always a good idea to consult your physician, to have this tested.
It cannot be completely ruled out that feeling of pressure in children is caused by a serious illness. The child experiences the pressure in the stomach as stinging pain and can additionally suffer:
- Light High fever
- Diarrhoea or
- Pain in the limbs
A gastrointestinal infection can be a potential cause. The disease is usually spread via the air (droplet infection) or contaminated objects (smear infection). Parents should consult a doctor about the listed symptoms in order to confirm the suspicion and to counteract it with appropriate medication, if the fever is especially high or long-lasting (more than three days).
If cramps are associated with feeling of stomach pressure, it is possible that it is an accompanying symptom of diseases such as gastritis. But the cause of stomach pressure doesn't have to be organic. Instead, the reason may also be a functional gastrointestinal disorder, such as irritable stomach or irritable bowel syndrome. In this case no organ is diseased, nevertheless the symptoms can be very distressing.
In most cases, feeling of stomach pressure in children is not a cause for concern and the pressure disappears by itself after some time. However, if
- the stomach presses several times a week,
- the bowel movement turns black or is completely absent,
- symptoms such as high fever and vomiting occur,
a visit to the doctor is highly recommended. The treatment differs depending on which trigger is attached and whether the child is under or over three years of age. This may include a change in diet and lifestyle, home remedies or herbal medicines such as Iberogast® for the treatment of irritable stomach and irritable bowel. This is usually a good way to relief the feeling of stomach pressure.