Abdominal Pain, Age 11 and Younger - Home Treatment
Most of the time, a child's
abdominal pain will get better with home treatment and the child will not need a visit to
Home treatment for abdominal pain often depends on other
symptoms that are present with the pain, such as diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. See the Related Information section of this topic for information on some of these other symptoms.
following, one at a time in the order listed, if your child has mild abdominal
pain without other symptoms:
- Have your child rest when he or she has mild
stomachaches. Most symptoms will get better or go away in 30
- Have your child sip clear fluids, such as water, broth,
tea, or fruit juice diluted with water.
- Have your child try to
pass a stool.
If the measures above do not work, you may also try
- Serve your child several small meals instead of 2
or 3 large ones.
- Serve mild foods, such as rice, dry toast or
crackers, gelatin, or applesauce. Do not give your child spicy foods, other
fruits, or drinks that have caffeine or carbonation until 48 hours after all
symptoms have gone away. These foods may make your child's stomachache
- Do not give your child any medicines without talking to the
doctor first. Medicines may mask the pain or make it worse.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:
- Pain increases or localizes to one section of
- Other symptoms develop, such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting,
- The belly feels hard or looks very
- Symptoms become more severe or frequent.