Heartburn To The Navel In A 10-year-old Child?
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Pain that feels from the solar plexus to the navel is one of them can occur due to GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). This condition occurs when the esophagus becomes irritated due to the presence of stomach acid which flows back when the valve at the bottom of the esophagus fails to close completely. Not only pain, GERD sufferers can also feel tightness, nausea, pain, heat, lumps, to dry cough due to this disease. Not only adults, GERD can also affect children, especially those who are overweight, who have hiatal hernias, or also consume certain drugs that interfere with gastric motility. Consumption of instant food, spicy, gassed, oily, caffeinated drinks, and sour fruit is one factor that often triggers worsening symptoms of GERD. In addition, the symptoms of GERD can worsen if your child is under stress, fatigue, or taking certain types of drugs.
In addition to GERD, pain like your child can also be caused by gastritis, early symptoms of appendicitis, intestinal inflammation, food allergies, poisoning, carbohydrate malabsorption, bronchitis, pneumonia, muscle cramps, malingering, and so on.
Today, referring to the government's call to limit out of the house for the prevention of transmission of COVID-19 (a disease due to Corona virus infection), it is advisable to limit seeing a doctor, except in urgent conditions. However, that doesn't mean that you can give your child any medication without seeing a doctor first. Because, the handling of heartburn can be different, depending on the cause, severity, and your child's general health condition.
Our advice, rather than giving just any medicine, you better resolve your child's complaints first by:
Warm compresses on the painful area Avoid randomly ordering the painful area Give the child a small but frequent portion of the meal, no need to force Give him too much warm water Do not get used to giving children instant food and limit the provision of other foods that trigger GERD as we mentioned above Encourage children to get plenty of rest If within 1-3 days the complaint does not improve, or if there is fever, vomiting, shortness, diarrhea, difficulty in passing stools, or constipation, it is better to check your child directly to the doctor or pediatrician. With physical examination or assisted by supporting tests, such as x-rays, ultrasound, or laboratory tests, of course proper management can be given by a doctor.
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