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When should I call a doctor about my child's abdominal pain?

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Call your child’s doctor immediately if your child has:

  • 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

From: Abdominal Pain in Children Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Health: “Stomach Aches: 5 Things Parents Should Know.”

Healthwise/University of Michigan Health System: “Abdominal Pain, Age 11 and Younger.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Your Child - Abdominal Pain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Nausea and Vomiting.”

Healthy Children: “Abdominal Pain.”

EMedicineHealth: "Abdominal Pain in Children."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Health: “Stomach Aches: 5 Things Parents Should Know.”

Healthwise/University of Michigan Health System: “Abdominal Pain, Age 11 and Younger.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Your Child - Abdominal Pain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Nausea and Vomiting.”

Healthy Children: “Abdominal Pain.”

EMedicineHealth: "Abdominal Pain in Children."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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