What to do when you hear, ‘Mommy, I have a belly ache’

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There are a few things to think about when you are constantly hearing that your child has a sore belly. Take note of what time of the day: was it after eating something; was it before an event where the child was nervous? Be sure to ask where exactly the pain is and get them to point to the area. If the pain is below their umbilicus (belly button) then it probably has something to do with their bowels. Maybe they are constipated or have a lot of internal gas build-up that is causing pain. 

Seeing an ND is very important, however, there are some things you can do to alleviate the pain such as removing fruit intake during the intake of protein. Remove cow’s milk and substitute almond or soy milk for a couple of weeks to see if the pain subsides. Do a castor oil external pack over their abdominal area as it sooths and relaxes the area. (See my website- www.drlisa.ca)

Purchase some children’s digestive enzyme chewables and take one with every meal. Record all the details so that you have all the facts before seeing a health care provider. Your child may be affected by a yeast build-up in the digestive tract or a parasite. Food sensitivities may be a problem with your child so seeing an ND can aid you in your journey. 

My practice will be closing as of May 30. Please call Dr. Amy Punke, ND as she will be taking over my files. Her website is www.dramypunke.com. I want to thank all my patients for providing me with such a great practice. I plan to move to Edmonton and set up practice there. I will be keeping my website www.drlisa.ca.


Dr. Lisa McNiven, ND, has a naturopathic practice at Complement Your Health Wellness Centre, 277 Foord St., Stellarton. Visit www.drlisa.ca

Organizations: Health Wellness Centre

Geographic location: Edmonton, Stellarton

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