Stress also is a common cause of abdominal pain. In those cases, counseling to manage stress can be helpful.
In some cases, abdominal pain can be caused by a problem in another part of the body (like the chest).
Treatment, if needed, will depend on the cause of the abdominal pain. Kids should not be given laxatives, antacids, or other medicines unless recommended by a doctor.
Keep in Mind
While many cases of abdominal pain are minor, some can have a more serious cause, like appendicitis. So call your doctor if the pain is very strong, is accompanied by repeated vomiting, or the discomfort gets worse over time or doesn't go away.
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