What’s Causing My Five-Year-Old’s Tummy Troubles

Posted by Blooms The Chemist on 19 May 2020

What’s Causing My Five-Year-Old’s Tummy Troubles

Tummy troubles can be difficult for both kids and their caring parents. It’s normal for your five-year-old to have the occasional upset stomach, but it’s always a good idea to pay attention and look for patterns.

In this article, we explore children’s tummy troubles. Recurrent digestive problems are often easily set right, but sometimes they will require the help of a doctor or your local pharmacist.

Pharmacists are a qualified healthcare professional and normally aware of what’s happening locally with outbreaks of illnesses with children, like gastro.

Let’s learn more about stomachaches[1] to understand what may be causing our children’s tummy troubles.

What causes Stomachaches?

Stomachaches are caused by a wide variety of issues and can strike at different times. It can cause them to wake up in the middle of the night. It can cause discomfort while at school.

It may sound obvious but it is important to ask your child where they feel their tummy pain. Sometimes they say stomach but it may be lower down, for example in their intestines. This can help us understand the likely causes.


Diet can play a big part in our children’s stomachaches. Sometimes our kids are sensitive to certain foods or overeating. If your child has consistent belly aches, it may be time to try adjusting their diet.

Stress or anxiety

Stomachache is a common physical sign of nervousness or anxiety. This type of pain can range from common butterflies to full-on belly pain. If your child seems to get stomachaches before certain events consistently (like going to school, going to sleep, or other activities), it might be helpful to dive deeper.

Constipation or Diarrhea

Intestinal troubles can often cause stomachaches. Constipation is one of the most common causes of stomach pain in children as they are still regulating their bowel habits. Fever can accompany constipation, so ask them about the last time they pooped before resorting to medications. Stomachaches are also an indicator that your child might be about to have diarrhea. This is another good reason to attempt a bathroom break when your child feels sick.

Other issues

There are many reasons why children get stomachaches. Urinary tract infections, blocked intestines, parasites, infections, allergies or intolerances, and even appendicitis can be the cause of belly pain.

Stomachaches are common for young children and can be caused by a variety of triggers. At five-years-old, your child’s ability to communicate about the problem is improving. If the problem persists, it’s important to reach out to a trusted medical professional for a closer look.

Written by Kaitlan D.
As well as a writer with a passion for education, Kaitlan works in a wellness practice, working with mothers, mothers-to-be and hopeful mothers.


[1] Ben-Joseph E P. Stomachaches. 2019-02

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