A to Z Symptom: Abdominal Painenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZSymptom-enHD-AR1.jpgAbdominal pain is common and, most of the time, doesn't have a serious cause.abdominal pain, ab pain, stomach pain, painful belly, bellyache, stomachache, stomch ache, belly ache, food poisoning, stomach flu, queasy, nausea, nauseated, nauseous, puke, puking, stomach hurts, celiac, food allergy, food sensitivity, food intolerance, lactose, ibd, bowels, ibs, gas, gassy, constipation01/24/201303/18/201909/02/201955a6c637-2431-4f27-a375-3a62a9f6effahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-ab-pain.html/<p><em>May also be called: Stomachache; Bellyache</em></p> <p>Almost everyone has had abdominal pain at some point. While a stomachache&nbsp;can be a symptom of many conditions, most do not have a serious cause.</p> <h3 id="a_More_to_Know">More to Know</h3> <h4>Causes</h4> <p>The amount of belly pain someone has&nbsp;does not always match the seriousness of the problem causing it. Sometimes very simple problems like gas or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/constipation.html/">constipation</a> can make a person&nbsp;very uncomfortable.</p> <p>An infection (like a&nbsp;bout of "stomach flu" or "<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ecoli.html/">food poisoning</a>") can cause stomach pain, as can problems like&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/appendicitis.html/">appendicitis</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/peptic-ulcers.html/">ulcers</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibs.html/">irritable bowel syndrome</a>, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibd.html/">inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)</a>. Abdominal pain also can be a symptom of a food-related problem like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/celiac-disease.html/">celiac disease</a> (a reaction to proteins in some grains), <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/foodallergies-center.html/">food allergies</a>, or a food intolerance.</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/stress.html/">Stress</a> also&nbsp;is a common cause of abdominal pain. In those cases, counseling to manage stress can be helpful.</p> <p>In some cases, abdominal pain can be caused by a problem in another part of the body (like the chest).</p> <h4>Treatment</h4> <p>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.</p> <h3 id="a_Keep_in_Mind">Keep in Mind</h3> <p>While many cases of abdominal pain are minor, some can have a more serious cause, like appendicitis. So call your&nbsp;doctor if the pain is very strong, is accompanied by repeated vomiting, or the discomfort gets worse over time or doesn't go away.</p> <div id="khcontent"> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p> </div>
AppendicitisAppendicitis requires immediate medical attention, so it's important to know its symptoms. The earlier it's caught, the easier it is to treat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/appendicitis.html/fcb8ef1e-0659-4a9d-a042-11f4d283f63e
Celiac DiseasePeople who have celiac disease, a disorder that makes their bodies react to gluten, can't eat certain kinds of foods. Find out more - including what foods are safe and where to find them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/celiac.html/fcdcb5b3-ce65-464f-9113-0252fc505fde
E. ColiUndercooked burgers and unwashed produce are among the foods that can harbor E. coli bacteria and lead to infection and severe diarrhea. Here's how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/e-coli.html/e50859c8-aed8-4e36-80cf-946493dc4f12
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseInflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to two chronic diseases that cause intestinal inflammation: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Although they have features in common, there are some important differences.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibd.html/d7cfae34-a924-49aa-8520-ae89d797c766
Irritable Bowel SyndromeHaving irritable bowel syndrome can make a kid feel awful. The good news is that kids can take steps to feel better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ibs.html/f1d5a462-599e-40ac-ad7f-bbe405afa50f
StomachachesUgh. Bellyaches. Find out what causes tummy trouble in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/abdominal-pain.html/2f422a06-b7a6-41f4-86b4-74e00ebf019a
Ultrasound: AbdomenDoctors order abdominal ultrasounds when they're concerned about symptoms such as abdominal pain, repeated vomiting, abnormal liver or kidney function tests, or a swollen belly.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ultrasound-abdomen.html/33055ca9-f928-4031-a2c2-190faf1cbabe
X-Ray Exam: AbdomenAn abdominal X-ray can help find the cause of many abdominal problems, such as pain, kidney stones, intestinal blockage, a hole in the intestine, or an abdominal mass such as a tumor.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/xray-abdomen.html/9bff6dae-3d53-4392-988b-4c09372f0c58
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