Gastroenterologist (Pediatric) Questions Colic

What causes colic pain in small kids?

My son is 5 years old and still suffers frequent episodes of colic pain. What could be the reason for this?

3 Answers

If he is 5 it isn’t colic. Constipation is likely the problem
The differential diagnosis for abdominal pain in pediatric patient is very wide. It is hard to answer your question without knowing all details related to the pain (period, frequency, location, etc). I recommend he sees his pediatrician who may obtain labs/X-Ray/Ultrasound and decide about referral to Pediatric Gastroenterology.
Infantile colic should be fully resolved at age 5. Your son is having GI gas that is the cause of the problem. The most common explanation is constipation. You can speak to your doctor about this. Alternative is a malabsorption of carbohydrate. A common one is lactose and if he is having issues with milk, try Lactaid. Otherwise excessive sugar beverages. If these measures are unsuccessful, then see your doctor and get evaluated for possible malabsorption.