Re: 5 yr old son having pains in his stomach around his belly button..any ideas?
My son used to complain of stomach pain from when he was 4 til he was 8 years old. I thought it was appendicitis or something but it was nothing. The dr told me that many children complain of stomach pain when something makes them feel anxious or insecure (this is what they get instead of headaches). However, if the child is in severe pain or has pain for longer than 3 hours, it should be taken seriously. Waves of severe stomach pain at intervals of about 15 - 20 minutes, may mean that his bowel is blocked. If there is a raised temp then it could be appendicitis.
When your son is complaining of pain take his temperature to see if it's raised, if it is give no medication and nothing to eat or drink, and call the doctor. If the pain is not severe and there is no temp, give him a hot water bottle and lots of hugs and extra attention. You should consult your doctor if your child frequently has stomach pains or develops any other symptoms.
Hope this helps!