Treating indigestion in toddlers
Most cases of indigestion, dyspepsia, or upset stomach in children do not require medical intervention unless symptoms persist for several hours, such as persistent or recurring pain and discomfort in the upper part.
From the abdomen, which may be accompanied by belching, nausea, bloating, and heartburn, and treatment depends on the factors causing it, in cases caused by stress and psychological pressure, lack of sleep, or diet, the problem can be eliminated by avoiding the causes, and in other cases Medicines may be used to treat the condition, and despite the availability of many over-the-counter medications that contribute to the treatment of indigestion.
It is recommended to consult the child’s doctor about the appropriate dosage and type of treatment appropriate for his condition. Among the medications used to treat indigestion in children (Toddlers) are the following:
Antacids: for their role in reducing the acidity of the stomach and thus relieving the symptoms of indigestion.
Histamine blockers, such as famotidine and ranitidine, reduce stomach acid production and thus relieve indigestion symptoms.
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as lansoprazole and omeprazole, suppress the production of stomach acid.
Antibiotics: prescribed in cases caused by a type of bacterial infection, such as H. pylori infection or Helicobacter pylori infection. In this case, what is known as triple therapy is used. .
Medicines that stimulate the movement of the gastrointestinal tract: (Prokinetics) These drugs contribute to alleviating the problem of esophageal reflux, accelerating movement in the digestive tract or speeding up the exit of food from the stomach, and they are used in the treatment of a number of digestive disorders such as functional dyspepsia. These include domperidone and metoclopramide.
Psychological treatment drugs: such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, and these drugs are usually used if indigestion is caused by anxiety, and the affected child may be referred to a doctor specialized in treatment Child psychiatrist to provide psychotherapy in conjunction with pharmacological treatments.
Tips and Advice
There are many tips and guidelines that contribute to reducing the problem of indigestion in children(toddlers), including the following:
- Modify the diet of the affected child.
- Divide the meals a day into several small meals instead of two or three large meals.
- Avoid eating late at night.
- Avoid lying down for at least 2-3 hours after eating.
- Avoid sour foods that may aggravate indigestion symptoms, such as tomatoes, coffee, oranges, or spicy foods, and other foods that the affected child is noted to cause an increase in symptoms.
- Avoid foods or drinks that may relax the valve separating the stomach and esophagus, which leads to an increase in the severity of indigestion, including mint and chocolate.
- Avoid providing pain relievers and anti-inflammatories that may irritate the child’s stomach, such as ibuprofen, and replace it with an analgesic that does not cause irritation, such as Paracetamol.
- Make sure to drink enough water, and watch the child’s urination so that the color turns light yellow or close to the color of water.
- Increasing the percentage of fiber in the child’s diet such as adding vegetables, fruits, and whole grains to the child’s meals, in addition to brown rice, oats, bran pancakes, and brown bread instead of white bread, and it is recommended to provide at least two meals of fruits and three meals of vegetables per day for the child.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes, especially in the abdomen or middle part of the body.
- Get rid of excess weight by losing between 2-5 kilograms of weight.
- In the event of suffering from indigestion during sleep, it is recommended to raise the level of the head by 15-20 centimeters, and to avoid placing more pillows, but to use a foam sponge.
- Stimulating and helping the child to defecate regularly.
When should you see a doctor
It is normal to suffer from indigestion when eating a fatty meal, but what requires a doctor’s review is suffering from indigestion despite following a healthy diet, getting enough hours of sleep, and exercising, and the doctor conducts a number of diagnostic tests to ensure that there is no The presence or detection of a health problem that causes indigestion.
Such as a clinical test and x-rays, and based on the results of the tests, the doctor may prescribe medications or may be satisfied with making some modifications in the diet, and the following is a statement of some of the symptoms that require Appearance or observation on the child to see a doctor:
- Unexplained sweating.
- Low weight of the child.
- Persistent loss of appetite for more than one day.
- Suffering from shortness of breath.
- Vomiting, especially if it comes with blood.
- Severe or persistent stomach pain.
- Feeling of pain when defecating, and the appearance of the stools being black, sticky, or accompanied by blood, or noticing blood on toilet tissues after using them.