Abdominal pain is very common in children. Up to 10-25% of school-age children suffer from chronic abdominal pain. Abdominal pain can be mild and sometimes severe requiring a high dose of pain killer. It is defined as 3 or more bouts of pain severe enough to limit activities, over a period of 2 months. It implies no known cause has been identified.
Most of the time, we can find out the cause of your child’s abdominal pain. Food allergies and intolerances (milk, egg, wheat, soya, fructose, lactose, sucrose) are usually the culprits.
Other causes include overt constipation (which can be difficult to diagnose), helicobacter pylori gastritis, coeliac disease (autoimmune gluten hypersensitivity), pancreatitis and non-specific abdominal pain (when all common causes have been ruled out). We will aim to find out the cause of your child’s abdominal pain and help him recover quickly.
There is no universal effective treatment for children with recurrent abdominal pain. Education, reassurance, and cognitive behavioural therapy may be useful in alleviating the pain, Anti-spasmodic medications are sometimes helpful in alleviating the pain.
Paediatric Diagnostics has teamed up with Dr Hii and Dr Kolimarala to offer a complete paediatric gastroenterology service at our private clinics in Surrey and Kent, helping to support children with disorders that affect the gastrointestinal tract (stomach and intestines).
Our experienced paediatric gastroenterologist provides first-class treatment to help diagnose the issue that your child is experiencing, as well as long-term management for disorders that affect the gastrointestinal tract, including nutritional support.
Paediatric Diagnostic team has partnered with the Functional Gut Clinic to offer a Hydrogen breath test home kit. Please watch this video which explains more about how to carryout the test.
Below is a list of conditions that we see and treat:
Our team of Paediatric Gastroenterology Consultants are experienced in managing children with gut-related problems, both organic and functional.
Please contact a member to book an appointment for your child to undertake a Paediatric Gastroenterology investigation at Paediatric Gut Investigation Clinic. We are based at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital in Horley, Medwyn Centre in Dorking Surrey, Spire Alexandra and Spire Turnbridge Wells in Kent.
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