“My tummy hurts” -- that’s something every parent hears. But if it seems like your child complains about stomach problems all the time, he may have a serious digestive disorder.
These conditions have different causes, but share many of the same symptoms:
Dehydration (from the diarrhea and vomiting)
If your child has these symptoms often, the first step is to see a doctor. Getting a diagnosis...
Water and other fluids such as soup, broth, and juice can also help make your digestion run smoothly.
Water softens stool and encourages passage of waste. It works together with fiber, which absorbs it and helps prevent constipation.
To get more water, drink a glass with every meal. Try to drink 8 glasses a day.
But remember, some drinks are healthier than others. To help prevent digestive problems, go easy on caffeine. Along with alcohol, too much caffeine can cause diarrhea by stimulating your intestines. And, coffee, tea, and fizzy drinks can increase stomach acid, leading to heartburn in some people.
Eat smaller amounts more slowly. Chew your food thoroughly. That way you make your digestive system's job a little easier.