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    Abdominal Pain in Children Treatment

    Call 911 NOW if: 

    • The child is not moving or is too weak to stand.

    1. Have Your Child Rest

    • Avoid activity, especially after eating.

    2.Treat Symptoms

    • Provide clear fluids to sip, such as water, broth, or fruit juice diluted with water.
    • Serve bland foods, such as saltine crackers, plain bread, dry toast, rice, gelatin, or applesauce.
    • Avoid spicy or greasy foods and caffeinated or carbonated drinks until 48 hours after all symptoms have gone away.
    • Encourage the child to have a bowel movement.
    • Ask your child’s doctor before giving any medicine for abdominal pain. Drugs can mask or worsen the pain.

    3. When to Call a Doctor

    Call your child’s doctor immediately if your child has any of the following:

    • Persistent pain on the right side of the abdomen, which could be an appendicitis
    • Pain confined to one part of the abdomen
    • Severe or rapidly worsening abdominal pain or pain that doesn’t go away within 24 hours
    • Pain or tenderness when you press on the belly
    • A swollen abdomen or an abdomen that is rigid to the touch
    • Pain in the groin, or pain or swelling in a testicle
    • Unexplained fever
    • Lots of vomiting or diarrhea
    • Bleeding from the rectum
    • Blood in the stool or vomit
    • A recent abdominal injury

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on July 09, 2015

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