recurring tummy problems in 6-year-old
help!! does anyone have any suggestions please????
I have been trawling the web for months now to try to get some idea of what might be causing this!!
my son of 6 has been having bouts of tummy upsets for the last 10 months.
it goes like this-
starts with mild pain in belly button area on day 1, a few episodes during the day, increasing to severe pain, which lasts from 5- 20 mins several times during the day by the end of a week-ish. Often these symptoms are a few mins after eating, but not always; sometimes severe enough to wake him in the night. On the last day he is sick and can't keep anything down, and just lately has produced lots of bile. This happens in cycles lasting 1 - 3 weeks in between episodes.
We live in England, he has been admitted to hospital 6 months ago where tests have been done - blood, ultrasound, barium x-ray to no avail. Still under care of paed, but have drawn a blank.
I have kept an extensive food diary and cannot find a link, although recently thought eggs and fat content (thinking gall bladder)were the cause, but after a week on fat-free diet, the pain came back.
Have considered psychological factors - school, outings etc but having two older children, and also working with children, I am ruling this out.
Also, when he is not having these pains, he is a normal, active, healthy boy!
always been a sicky child from birth, possibly reflux
been in hosp twice due to gastroenteritis(?) / dehydration
has had endless bouts of sickness during toddlerhood (thought these were viruses but now thinking this may be all connected)
Recently seen a cranial osteopath who thought it might be gall bladder so awaiting more tests.
Coeliac, crohns in extended family
If anyone has had similar or has any suggestions, these would be most welcome!
Thanks vey much, from a very concerned Mum!