Stomach pain in children is common
Stomach pain is very common among children and adolescents. Up to 38% experience stomach pain every week. It is also one of the most common clinical symptoms that pediatrician meet in their day-to-day clinical practice. For most children, the pain disappears by itself, but for some, the stomach pain becomes a problem that interferes with school and daycare, and with social and family life. It may even cause emotional stress. When this happens, it is time to seek medical advice. In some cases, the stomach pain could be Functional Abdominal Pain (FAP).
What is Functional Abdominal Pain (FAP) and why does it hurt?
In simple terms, FAP is an episodic or continuous stomach pain without any organic cause. FAP affects children from 4 to 18 years of age, with one peak at 5 to 7 years, when the child starts school, and another peak at 8 to 12 years. FAP is more common among girls. Usually, the pain is located around the belly button, but the pattern and location of stomach pain are not always predictable. The pain may occur suddenly, or slowly increase. It may be constant or vary in severity.
The exact cause of FAP is still unclear, but one possible mechanism may be a disturbed function of the gut motility. In some cases, children previously suffering from stress or anxiety may show an exaggerated pain response. FAP is not a serious disease, but can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because of its multifactorial nature.
Why children’s stomach pain matters
Stomach pain impacts many areas of a child’s life, because it can make the child feel sick, worried, sad or tired. Stomach pain is the second most common cause of absence from school. It also interferes with sleep, participation in sports, social activities and family life. So, children’s stomach pain matters for your child, for your family and for society. There is no standard treatment for children with FAP. The current treatment options are dietary or psychosocial interventions, medical treatments and non-pharmaceutical treatments such as probiotics. In recent years, the interest in probiotics in FAP has grown, both in terms of research on the clinical efficacy and the underlying mechanisms. If you would like to know more, or your child does not get better, talk to your doctor to find the right treatment for your child. The overall treatment goal is to reduce the pain so that the child can go back to normal functioning and life again.
The right probiotic can help
Probiotics are dietary supplements containing live bacteria, which when taken in adequate amounts confer a health benefit. Probiotics have become a well-recognized option for supporting a beneficial microbiota in children. Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis from BioGaia is a probiotic bacteria derived from human mother’s milk. With its well-documented health benefits in many different areas, L. reuteri Protectis is considered a truly superior probiotic bacterium. It has been tested in more than 130 clinical trials and proven to be effective and safe for both children and adults. In FAP, L. reuteri Protectis is the only probiotic that has been shown to reduce both frequency and severity of stomach pain in children. It has also been shown to give more pain-free days
More pain-free days with BioGaia Protectis
BioGaia Protectis is available as chewable tablets.
Each tablet contains 100 million live L. reuteri Protectis.
BIOGAIA PROTECTIS TABS
- Chewable tablets with strawberry flavour
- Easy to bring and take on the go
- Recommended dose: 1-2 tablets per day