Nervous stomach in children is a group of symptoms that affect the children and manifest in various forms. The causes are more psychological, though the physical causes like indigestion, food allergies and stomach flu can be the contributing factors. Nervous stomach in children is also known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Nervous stomach symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, mucus in stools and abdominal pain.
Diarrhea is a disorder of the stomach that is caused due to either a bacterial or a viral infection. In many cases, even parasites are known to cause diarrhea. Diarrhea causes dehydration in the body and it is quite dangerous for children and older people, if it advances to the later stages. Generally, diarrhea lasts for a day or two but it can be life threatening if it reaches to the advanced stages. Diarrhea can be controlled by proper medication such as ampicillin trihydrate
Constipation is a common symptom of nervous stomach in children. The child may experience stomach pain and will strain while passing stool. The stool will be hard, dry and pellet like and in discharging the stool, the child may have to strain a lot. Lack of fibrous food in the diet is a major reason. Many children develop a tendency to ignore the urge to have a bowel movement and this may lead to constipation in the children. The children may feel uncomfortable and complain of regular stomach pain if the problem of constipation persists for a long time.
Mucus is a semi solid that is produced by the epithelial lining of large intestine. As mucus is slippery, it acts as a lubricant in reducing the friction and helping the passage of stool up to the anus. It is very normal to have mucus in stools to some extent; however, if there is excessive inflammation in the intestine then the stool can show traces of blood. In children, mucus in the stools is more prominent in the cases of diarrhea. Mucus in stool can be caused due to the various reasons like food allergies and bacterial overgrowth that result in infection in the intestine.