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    Stomachache and Nausea (Children)

    Call 911 if:

    • The child isn't moving.
    • The child is too weak to stand up.

    • The child isn't moving.
    • The child is too weak to stand up.

    Knowing that a child has a stomachache or nausea can be hard, but pain lessens within two hours in most cases.

    Call Doctor If:

    The child has a stomachache and any of the following:

    • Pain that happens more often or gets worse
    • Pain that moves from the belly button to the lower right of the abdomen
    • Trouble walking because of pain
    • No appetite for a day or longer
    • Green or yellow vomit or vomit that contains blood or flecks that look like coffee grounds
    • Symptoms of dehydration such as darker urine and fewer wet diapers
    • Black or bloody stool
    • Problems passing stool
    • A rash that looks like bruises on the legs and buttocks
    • Headache and sore throat along with stomach pain
    • Pain when urinating

    Treating Symptoms of Your Child's Stomachache

    • Have the child lie down and rest.
    • Don't give the child fluids for about 2 hours after the last vomiting episode. Then give the child clear fluids such as water or flat soda. Start with just a sip at a time.
    • Keep a container nearby in case the child vomits.
    • If the child vomits more than once, watch for signs of dehydration, such as decreased urination or dry diapers, dry lips, and crying without tears.
    • If you think the child could be constipated, put him on the toilet. Passing a stool may ease the pain.
    • Sit the child in warm water to help release a stool if you think the child is constipated.
    • Avoid giving ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), pain medicine, or laxatives.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on January 16, 2016

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