Stomachachesenparents can have stomach pain for lots of reasons - not all of them related to the digestive system. Here are some clues about what could be going on.stomachaches, stomachache, tummy ache, tummy, stomach, stomach ache, stomack, belly, bellyache, belly ache, belly pain, pain in belly, digestive, digestion, indigestion, stomach problem, stomach problems, sick, feel sick, feeling sick, why do i feel sick? nausea, nauseous, nauseated, nashous natious, causes of stomachaches, throw up, puke, puking, why am i puking, vomit, vomiting, causes of vomiting, can't poop, can't go to the bathroom, colon, intestine, appendix, heartburn, abdomen, sharp pain, dull pain, CD1Gastroenterology02/12/201905/22/201909/02/2019Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD02/11/20195485b8fd-ba3c-4ab2-9dc7-bc74306d402c<h3>What Are Stomachaches?</h3> <p>Pain is the body's way of signaling that something is going on. Belly pain alerts us to something that's happening inside that we might not know about otherwise. Stomachaches are a common complaint among kids and teens.</p> <h3>Where Does Belly Pain Happen?</h3> <p>Stomachache is a general term for pain that begins somewhere in the abdomen or pelvis:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>The <strong>abdomen</strong> is the whole area between the chest and the pelvic (hip) bones. It contains many organs besides the stomach, such as the intestines, <a href="">kidneys</a>, liver, <a href="">spleen</a>, pancreas, gallbladder, appendix, and adrenal glands .</li> <li>The <strong>pelvis</strong> is right below the abdomen. It holds the <a href="">urinary organs</a>, as well as the reproductive organs (such as the uterus, ovaries, and vagina in <a href="">girls</a>, and the testicles and prostate gland in <a href="">boys</a>).</li> </ul> <p>Sometimes problems in other areas can cause stomachaches too, like infections in the lungs or throat.</p> <h3>What Causes Stomachaches?</h3> <p>Some reasons for belly pain are obvious, like when someone gets hit in the gut or eats spoiled food. Other times, it can be hard to figure out. With so many organs in the abdomen, different problems can have similar symptoms.</p> <p>Here are some things that can cause stomachaches:</p> <h4>Infections</h4> <p>When bacteria or viruses get into the <a href="">digestive system</a>, the body reacts by trying to rid itself of the infection, often through <a href="">vomiting</a> or <a href="">diarrhea</a>.</p> <p>Bacterial infections cause what we call &quot;<a href="">food poisoning</a>.&quot; Bacteria also are responsible for other conditions that may cause belly pain, such as:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">pneumonia</a></li> <li><a href="">urinary tract infections</a></li> <li><a href="">strep throat</a></li> <li><a href="">sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)</a></li> <li>the rare condition <a href="">toxic shock syndrome</a></li> </ul> <p>Viruses, another type of infection, are behind what we call &quot;stomach flu,&quot; or gastroenteritis (gas-troe-en-teh-RYE-tiss).</p> <p>Bacteria and viruses both can pass easily from person to person. To avoid them:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><a href="">Wash your hands</a> well&nbsp;and often.</li> <li>Don't share cups, straws, or utensils with others.</li> </ul> <h4>Constipation</h4> <p><a href="">Constipation</a>&nbsp;is one of the top reasons kids get belly pain. Kids can get constipated if their diet doesn't include enough fluids and <a href="">fiber</a>.</p> <h4>Irritation and Inflammation</h4> <p>When one of the body's internal organs is irritated or swollen, that can bring on abdominal pain. Pain from problems like <a href="">appendicitis</a>, <a href="">ulcers</a>, <a href="">gastroesophageal reflux</a>, <a href="">irritable bowel syndrome</a>, and <a href="">inflammatory bowel disease</a>&nbsp;is the body's way of telling us to get medical help.</p> <h4>Food Reactions</h4> <p>Food reactions can be more than eating too much or basic indigestion. When people can't digest certain foods, doctors say they have a <a href="">food intolerance</a>. <a href="">Lactose intolerance</a>, for example, causes belly pain when someone eats milk products. If you notice your child complaining of pain or other symptoms like gas, bloating, or diarrhea after eating certain foods, call your doctor.</p> <p>Conditions like <a href="">celiac disease</a> (a reaction to proteins in some grains) or <a href="">food allergies</a> (like <a href="">peanut allergy</a>) are different from food intolerance. They involve <a href="">immune system</a> reactions that can actually harm the body beyond just producing a temporary reaction. Someone who has a true food allergy must always avoid that food.</p> <h4>Reproductive Problems</h4> <p>The digestive system isn't the only cause of stomachaches. <a href="">Menstrual cramps</a> are a common cause of pain in the reproductive organs. Infections in the reproductive system, such as <a href="">pelvic inflammatory disease</a>, also can cause abdominal pain in girls.</p> <p>Testicular injuries can make a guy feel sick or even throw up if they are severe.</p> <p>Women often feel <a class="kh_anchor">nausea</a> during pregnancy. <a href="">Ectopic pregnancies</a> (when the pregnancy implants in the wrong place) can cause abdominal pain.</p> <p>Because problems like ectopic pregnancy need quick treatment, girls who have belly pain and think they might be pregnant should call a doctor right away. And girls who have had unprotected sex should be tested for STDs. Untreated STDs can cause problems like infertility and chronic belly or pelvic pain.</p> <p>Teenagers should always use a <a href="">condom</a> when having sex to protect against STDs and pregnancy.</p> <h4>Anatomical Problems</h4> <p>Some diseases or defects can affect how the organs do their jobs, causing pain. <a href="">Crohn's disease</a> can make the intestinal wall swell and scar so much that it may block the intestine.</p> <p><a href="">Hernias</a> also can block the intestines, as can growths like tumors. Torsion is a medical term that means &quot;twisting.&quot; Torsion can affect the intestines, ovaries, and <a href="">testicles</a>, cutting off blood supply or affecting how they work.</p> <h4>Emotional Upset</h4> <p>When kids get <a href="">stressed</a>, <a href="">anxious</a>, or <a href="">depressed</a>, their emotions can trigger physical symptoms, such as headaches or abdominal pain.</p> <h4>Other Causes</h4> <p>Belly pain also can be due to problems that can happen when people have certain illnesses, such as <a href="">sickle cell disease</a> or <a href="">diabetes</a>.</p> <h3>How Do Doctors Find the Cause of a Stomachache?</h3> <p>To find the cause of a stomachache, doctors ask about:</p> <ul> <li>the symptoms</li> <li>illnesses the child had in the past</li> <li>health conditions that other family members have</li> </ul> <p>The doctor will do an exam and sometimes might order tests, such as an <a href="">X-ray</a>, <a href="">ultrasound</a>, or blood test. It all depends on what the doctor thinks is causing the problem.</p> <h3>When Should I Call the Doctor?</h3> <p>Sometimes, what seems like one problem — food poisoning, for example — can turn out to be something more serious, like appendicitis.</p> <p>Call the doctor if your child has a stomachache and:</p> <ul> <li>the pain seems very strong or gets worse over time</li> <li>the pain wakes them up from sleep</li> <li>the pain is in the right lower side of the belly</li> <li>is vomiting a lot</li> <li>is very fussy</li> <li>is lethargic (very sleepy)</li> <li>has another health condition</li> </ul> <p>Let the doctor know about other symptoms your child has, such as:</p> <ul> <li>a <a href="">fever</a></li> <li>pain when pooping or peeing</li> <li>blood in poop or <a href="">pee</a></li> <li>a bad <a href="">cough</a></li> <li>weight loss over time</li> </ul> <p>Also tell the doctor if the pain is from an injury, or if you think your daughter might be pregnant.</p> <h3>How Can I Help My Child?</h3> <p>Most bellyaches in kids and teens don't have a serious cause. They can happen for many different reasons, but most are <a href="">easy to treat</a>.</p> <p>If stress or anxiety seem to be behind the pain, for example, the doctor may recommend talking to a counselor or&nbsp;<a href="">therapist</a>. They can help people figure out what's behind their stress, and give advice on how to fix problems or handle them better.</p> <h3>Can Stomachaches Be Prevented?</h3> <p>Not all belly pain can be prevented. But to help avoid common types of stomachaches, everyone in the family should:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Wash their hands before eating or preparing food, and after using the bathroom.</li> <li>Eat <a href="">healthy portions</a>, and try not to eat right before going to sleep.</li> <li>Drink plenty of water and eat fiber-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to keep food moving through the digestive system.</li> <li>Avoid <a href="">foods</a> that have passed their expiration date or weren't stored properly.</li> <li>Avoid foods that make them sick if they have a food allergy or intolerance. If they have a food allergy, they should always have access to an epinephrine auto-injector, and should know when and how to use it if they are old enough.</li> </ul>Dolores de estómagoEl dolor es la manera en la que el cuerpo nos hace saber que está ocurriendo algo. El dolor abdominal suele indicarnos que está ocurriendo algo en nuestro interior y, de otra manera, no nos enteraríamos.
AppendicitisAppendicitis requires immediate medical attention, so it's important to know its symptoms. The earlier it's caught, the easier it is to treat.
Celiac DiseaseKids 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.
ConstipationConstipation is a very common problem that usually happens because a person's diet doesn't include enough fluids and fiber. In most cases, making simple changes can help you feel better.
Crohn's DiseaseCrohn's disease is a chronic condition that causes parts of the bowel to get red and swollen. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms, prevent other problems, and avoid flare-ups.
DiarrheaMost kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.
Digestive SystemThe digestive process starts even before the first bite of food. Find out more about the digestive system and how our bodies break down and absorb the food we eat.
First Aid: StomachachesStomachaches are common in childhood, and often caused by gas, constipation or viruses. Find out when a stomachache requires a trip to the doctor.
Food AllergiesDoctors are diagnosing more and more people with food allergies. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with food allergies can make a big difference in preventing serious illness.
Food PoisoningSometimes, germs can get into food and cause food poisoning. Find out what to do if your child gets food poisoning - and how to prevent it.
Gastroesophageal RefluxWhen symptoms of heartburn or acid indigestion happen a lot, it could be gastroesophageal reflux (GER). And it can be a problem for kids - even newborns.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)Gastroesophageal reflux disease doesn't just affect old people who eat too much while watching TV. Active, healthy teens can have GERD too.
HerniasA hernia is an opening or weakness in the wall of a muscle, tissue, or membrane that normally holds an organ in place. Learning to prevent hernias isn't hard to do - check out these tips.
IndigestionIndigestion is just another name for an upset stomach. It usually happens when people eat too much or too fast, or have foods that don't agree with them.
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.
Irritable Bowel SyndromeSome teens get stomachaches and diarrhea often. Read about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common intestinal disorder that affects the colon.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal problem that can cause cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Certain foods can trigger these problems. So can anxiety, stress, and infections.
Lactose IntoleranceMany kids have lactose intolerance - trouble digesting lactose, the main sugar in milk and milk products - which can cause cramps, diarrhea, and gas.
Severe Morning Sickness (Hyperemesis Gravidarum)Bouts of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy are considered normal. But when they're so severe that a woman can't keep foods down, she and her baby's health are at risk.
StomachachesUgh. Bellyaches. Find out what causes tummy trouble in this article for kids.
What's a Fart?All people fart sometimes, whether they live in France, the Fiji islands, or Fresno, California! Learn more about what gives gas its sass in our article for kids about farts.
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