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Can I do anything on my own to prevent stomach aches?

There are number of simple things you can do to prevent a stomach ache. First, if certain types of foods cause your stomach ache you should avoid them. Common irritating foods include: spicy foods, tomato sauce, orange juice, coffee, dairy and gluten. If you are getting stomach aches, you can try taking antacids and/or probiotics. Both are available over the counter and have limited side effects. 
There are a number of things you can do on your own to prevent stomach ache. The foods you eat and the way you eat them can have a big impact on whether or not you feel stomach pain. To decrease the chances of getting stomach pain you should do the following:
  • Avoid fatty foods, such as red meat, butter, fried foods and cheese.
  • Eat several small meals each day rather than two or three big meals.
  • Avoid foods that seem to make your symptoms worse.
  • Do not take over-the-counter medicines that seem to make your symptoms worse such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • If you are lactose intolerant, meaning you cannot fully break down foods that have milk in them, avoid milk, cheese, ice cream or other foods that contain milk. People with lactose intolerance can avoid problems caused by milk if they take supplements with lactase which helps the body break down milk. An example of this is Lactaid.
  • If your stomach ache seems to be related to constipation you might need more fiber, a stool softener, or laxatives. You can get more fiber by eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and taking fiber pills, powders, or wafers.

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