A 28-year-old female asked:
pediatrician doesn't seem concerned about son's intermittent abdominal pain. i am. don't think it's constipation. what tests should i be asking for?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Constipation: Constipation is common in kids. If you need assurance, ask the doc to do an abdominal xr to assess the amount of stool in his abdomen. If that shows a large amount of stool then the doc is right. If not, the test for abdominal pains are numerous. I typically have the parent keep a log of the pain and look for a pattern, then test according to the illness I think is most likely.
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Pediatrics 32 years experience
Start w Abd Xray: How old is your son? Believe it or not, MOST abdominal pain in children is related to constipation and the work up should begin with an abdominal xray (flat plate) to evaluate the amount of stool in the bowels. If normal, I would ask for basic labs and celiac testing in addition. Also think about food allergies/sensitivities and abdominal migraines as a possibility.
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Last updated Jan 31, 2015
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