Doctors say abdominal pain in kids is common. It's often how stress manifests itself. But it could be one of two gastrointestinal diseases- Chron’s or Colitis- now being diagnosed more frequently in kids.
When 12-year old Brandon Fulton was diagnosed with Chron's Disease at age 9, the family had mixed feelings. There was fear in facing a lifelong condition, but relief in knowing what was causing his severe stomach aches.
“Once I figured it out, I was like
oh this is what's happening. I'm going
to have it for the rest of my life. I'm
going to have to deal with it,”
Three and a half years ago,
Several months later,
“For his age group, he should be 80-90
pounds, and he was at 45. And that was
scary. That was really scary,” Melissa Fulton,
After two years of battling low
“It was just like bang. I got the boost I needed and started growing
and getting better and going outside,”
“There's other things I need to
think about, like living my life as a kid,"
Doctors encourage you to have your child checked by a pediatrician if they experience frequent stomach problems.