My six year old son had been complaining about a sore tummy for about 10 days now. At first we thought it may be due to over eating or mixing too many different foods. We’ve taken him to the docs three times and always felt like we were over reacting and it was just a little indigestion or gas and although I’ve been giving him gaviscon for about three days now his symptoms haven’t changed. I’ve decided that I’m not going to rely on what these GPs have said and made me feel like I’m overreacting, I’m taking him to hospital just to be safe. I’d rather they do scan and say ‘yeah it’s just constipation or indigestion’ then me ignoring it and God forbid it’s something serious.

Posted anonymously, 14th June 2016

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  • I think this should be investigated. I’m surprised the GP hasn’t recommended dietry changes (more fibre and water etc.) for constipation; and if the problem has persisted that they aren’t looking into more serious conditions/ food allergies/IBS/ Chrons disease etc. that have symptoms of ‘just’ indigestion etc. Also has the boy swallowed anything odd like a battery that might do harm? If it is a virus/bacteria a blood test might be useful. Definitely don’t just ignore!


  • Yes, it’s definitely prudent to get another opinion.


  • Usually if its a sore tummy it goes away before a few days pass. If its constipation when my kids had it i found they stained their underpants a lot.. Doctors can usually tell by felling there tummy so i am surprised they havent done this.. My kids had to go on a stool softner to help them pass there poos… But if worried get further advise from a specialist…


  • I think you are absolutely right! If the GPs haven’t been able to relieve your child’s symptoms, you need it to investigate it further. Your child’s health is the most important thing!


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