Knowing the basics about stomach pain helps, for ourselves, as parents and as support systems for our family!
It helps us understand steps we can take for first-aid and decide when we reach out to the doctor.
Where does it pain?
First, understand which part of the stomach is paining. The picture below helps towards understanding!
Checkpoints & Tips
Usually one of the below triggers the issues. Check on which ones apply to you. If these are long term patterns, then the health issues progressively increase over a period of time and tend to get chronic.
- Sitting posture – Ensure you sit with your back straight. Slumping positions trigger upper and lower abdomen pains and related issues.
- Vitamin D levels – Check on your vitamin D levels. Sustaining Vitamin D levels within the normal range help. Sometimes pelvic pain is caused by low Vitamin D as well.
- Calcium absorption – Check if you are having sufficient calcium in your diet or as supplements. Gallstones and Kidney stones can be calcium deposits due to mal absorption as well.
- Chest congestion – Constipation & chest congestion go together. Ensure your lungs & chest are clear. Resolving chest congestion can help maintain the heat-cold balance in the body, thereby addressing the constipation / diarrhea issues.
- Water consumption – How frequently are you drinking water? Too high or too low, both indicate a need to check your electrolyte levels.
- Greasy food – Check on the last 2-3 meals that you might have eaten and whether it was greasy, cheesy, oily, spicy food. Switching from your routine cuisine can sometimes trigger heartburns or stomach pains – as your body is not used to processing the new type of food.
- Meal timings – What is the typical duration between meals? Make a note and ensure you do not go long durations without eating a meal. A cookie, chocolate, mixed nuts, a fruit, a small snack – anything works. Do not make skipping a meal a routine process.
- Stress – It can play havoc with any of our body organs. If you do not follow a good sleep time routine for a long period of time, it can trigger stomach pain and related issues to linger and become chronic issues.
- Weight – For some of the stomach pain issues, weight gain/ weight loss is a common side effect. Check how has your weight been over the past few weeks.
Tips for quick relief from pain
- Drink a glass of warm water (if you are able to, drink 2-3 glasses)
- Try to get some rest & sleep
- Lie down on the right side (helps for gall stones and kidney stones)
- Avoid squatting on the floor, or sitting cross legged on the floor (especially for pelvic pain)
- Try to eat an apple
- Massage your spinal cord (top to bottom) – you might burp if there is a gas buildup
If these do not seem to be helping, check with a doctor.
Stay safe. Stay healthy!