My dd complains that her stomach hurts fairly frequently. I'm worried about it, but not sure what to try first.
She generally has normal stools, although there has been some occasional diarrhea -- I think it has been because of illness, though. She often complains that her tummy hurts when she has to poop and feels better after.
She also often says it hurts when she's eating or after eating or before eating. I don't know how to distinguish if some of it is hunger, over-eating, etc.
She will get a tummy ache if she drinks too much juice or eats too much of something sweet -- part of this is that if she has a beverage that isn't water she will just drink the whole thing right away, so I think there is a physical aspect to this particular pain. She will also eat too much of something sweet if I let her. We don't do a ton of sweets or juice, but I bake some and we do birthday dessert and stuff. I have just started giving her very small portions and that seems to help.
She often complains of a tummy ache at bedtime, which could be her not wanting to go to bed.
She is also still a very heavy wetter every night at 4.5yo.
I give her green clay in water for tummy aches and sometimes Swedish Bitters.
I have, at times given her digestive enzymes regularly, but I don't think they help.
She takes a probiotic 2x a day and fish oil daily.
She is gluten-free and always has been. Eating wheat definitely gives her a stomach ache.
I have recently begun to suspect dairy, so I took her off cow dairy. I still do allow some goat/sheep cheese and yogurt. She has never drunk cow milk.
She is a great eater, enjoying many fruits and vegetables, beans and lentils, rice, etc. I think her diet is excellent.
So, I don't know what to do next. I don't think it is normal for her to have abdominal pain or discomfort that frequently (I'd say it happens almost daily and sometimes more than once a day). Now that I'm writing this I am starting to think I should take her to our family doc to rule out anything he might be able to find physically. She hasn't been to see him in probably 8 months. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.