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When should I call my doctor about my child's stomach ache and nausea?

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You should call your doctor if your child has a stomachache and any of the following:

CALL 911 IF:

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

From: Stomachache and Nausea (Children) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Abdominal Pain."

The Nemours Foundation: "Stomachaches."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vomiting and Diarrhea in Children."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 9, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Abdominal Pain."

The Nemours Foundation: "Stomachaches."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vomiting and Diarrhea in Children."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 9, 2018

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