Constipation & Abdominal Pain Specialist

Northeast Pediatric Associates PA

A Private Pediatric Practice located in Northeast San Antonio, TX, Northcentral San Antonio, TX, Schertz, TX & Castroville, TX

If your child suffers from chronic constipation and abdominal pain, you should have the compassionate, professional team at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA evaluate them. They can determine the root cause of your child’s problem and provide much-needed relief. The practice has two offices in San Antonio and one each in Castroville and Schertz, Texas. Call the office nearest you today or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment for your child.

Constipation & Abdominal Pain Q & A

What are my child’s symptoms of constipation and abdominal pain?

Constipation affects people of all ages. This common digestive issue involves infrequent bowel movements, stools that are difficult to pass, and painful stools.

If your child has dry, hard stools or has a bowel movement less than three times a week, they could be constipated. If they complain of their stomach hurting, it could result from straining, which can cause cramps and bloat.

What causes my child to develop constipation and abdominal pain?

There are several causes of constipation and abdominal pain.

Constipation

Reasons for constipation include:

  • Dehydration
  • Too little fiber in their diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Side effect of medication
  • Reaction to stress

The Northeast Pediatric Associates PA expert team can determine the root cause of your child’s digestive problems. They can also determine if specific issues like celiac disease, thyroid disease, or inflammatory bowel disease are causing them. In rare cases, your child can experience a bowel obstruction or nerve damage that’s causing constipation.

Abdominal pain

Reasons for abdominal pain include:

  • Stomach flu
  • Food allergies
  • Food poisoning
  • Diarrhea

Abdominal pain can have many causes, making it an important reason to have your child evaluated and accurately diagnosed for an effective treatment plan.

How do you treat constipation and abdominal pain?

In some cases, simple lifestyle changes can relieve your child’s constipation and abdominal pain. They include:

  • Eating a high-fiber diet (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains)
  • Being active every day
  • Drinking plenty of water daily
  • Limiting their caffeine intake (caffeine is found in sodas, coffee, and tea)

Your child might need to take a daily fiber supplement and an over-the-counter stool softener to ease their symptoms.

When should I see a pediatrician about my child’s constipation and abdominal pain?

If you help your child make changes to their lifestyle and they still struggle with digestive issues, you should seek medical treatment.

Pay attention to more severe problems, like bloody stools, severe cramping, and alternating between constipation and diarrhea. If you notice any of these symptoms, book an appointment with the Northeast Pediatric Associates PA team right away.

If your child complains of constipation and abdominal pain, call the friendly office nearest you today or book an appointment online.