"Almost all children have abdominal pain at one time or another. Abdominal pain is pain in the stomach or belly area. It can be anywhere between the chest and groin.
Most of the time, it is not caused by a serious medical problem. But sometimes abdominal pain can be a sign of something serious. Learn when you should seek medical care right away for your child with abdominal pain.
When your child complains of abdominal pain, see if they can describe it to you. Here are different kinds of pain:
- Generalized pain or pain over more than half of the belly. Your child can have this kind of pain when they have a stomach virus, indigestion, gas, or when they become constipated.
- Cramp-like pain is likely to be due to gas and bloating. It is often followed by diarrhea. It is usually not serious.
- Colicky pain is pain that comes in waves, usually starts and ends suddenly, and is often severe.
- Localized pain is pain in only one area of the belly. Your child may be having problems with their appendix, gallbladder, a hernia (twisted bowel), ovary, testicles, or stomach (ulcers)."
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