Stomachachesenteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-stomachaches-enHD-AR1.jpgLots of different problems can cause similar kinds of stomach pain - not all of them related to the digestive system. Here are some clues about what could be going on.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, CD1Gastroenterology11/27/200702/13/201909/02/2019Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD02/11/2019f9b9598e-0232-4add-9fea-e6a8591cb740https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/stomachaches.html/<h3>What's a Stomachache?</h3> <p>Pain is the body's way of signaling that something is going on. Stomach pain alerts us to something that's happening inside us that we might not know about otherwise.</p> <h3>What Causes Belly Pain?</h3> <p>Some reasons for belly pain are obvious, like when someone gets hit in the gut or eats spoiled macaroni salad. Oher times, it might be hard to figure out. With so many organs in the abdomen, different problems can have similar symptoms.</p> <p>Here are some of the things that cause tummy troubles:</p> <h4>Infections</h4> <p>When bacteria or viruses get into a person's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/digestive-system.html/">digestive system</a>, the body reacts by trying to rid itself of the infection, often through vomiting or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a>.</p> <p>Bacterial infections cause what we call &quot;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/food-poisoning.html/">food poisoning</a>.&quot; Bacteria are also responsible for other conditions that may give a person belly pain, such as:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/pneumonia.html/">pneumonia</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/uti.html/">urinary tract infections</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/strep-throat.html/">strep throat</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std.html/">sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)</a></li> <li>the rare condition <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/tss.html/">toxic shock syndrome</a></li> </ul> <p>Viruses, another type of infection, are behind what we call &quot;stomach flu,&quot; or gastroenteritis (pronounced: 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="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/handwashing.html/">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="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/constipation.html/">Constipation</a> is a top cause of belly pain. People can get constipated if their diet doesn't include enough fluids and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/fiber.html/">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 belly pain. Pain from problems like <a class="kh_anchor">appendicitis</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ulcers.html/">ulcers</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ibs.html/">irritable bowel syndrome</a>, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ibd.html/">inflammatory bowel disease</a> 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 food intolerance.&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/lactose-intolerance.html/">Lactose intolerance</a>, for example, causes belly pain when someone eats milk products. If you notice pain or other symptoms like gas, bloating, or diarrhea after eating certain foods, call your doctor.</p> <p>Conditions like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/celiac.html/">celiac disease</a> (a reaction to proteins in some grains) or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/food-allergies.html/">food allergies</a> (like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/nut-allergy.html/">peanut allergy</a>) are different from food intolerance. They involve <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/immune.html/">immune system</a> reactions that can actually harm the body beyond causing 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 bellyaches. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/menstrual-problems.html/">Menstrual cramps</a> are a common cause of pain in the reproductive organs. Infections in the reproductive system, such as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std-pid.html/">pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)</a> or other STDs, also can cause belly pain in <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/female-repro.html/">girls</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/testicular-injuries.html/">Testicular injuries</a> can make a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/male-repro.html/">guy</a> feel sick or even throw up if they are severe.</p> <p>Women often feel nausea during pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies (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 <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std-testing.html/">should be tested for STDs</a>. Untreated STDs can cause problems like infertility and chronic belly or pelvic pain.</p> <p>Always use a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception-condom.html/">condom</a> if you have 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="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/crohns-disease.html/">Crohn's disease</a> can make the intestinal wall swell and scar so much that it may block the intestine.</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hernias.html/">Hernias</a> can also 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="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/torsion.html/">testicles</a>, cutting off blood supply or or affecting how they work.</p> <h4>Emotional Distress</h4> <p>When people get <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/stress.html/">stressed</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/anxiety.html/">anxious</a>, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/depression.html/">depressed</a>, their emotions can trigger physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomach 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="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sickle-cell-anemia.html/">sickle cell disease</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/diabetes-center.html/">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>your symptoms</li> <li>illnesses you've had in the past</li> <li>health conditions that other family members have</li> </ul> <p>Be honest with your doctor, even if a symptom seems embarrassing.</p> <p>The doctor will do an exam and sometimes might order tests, such as an X-ray, ultrasound, 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 your doctor if:</p> <ul> <li>the pain is very strong</li> <li>you're vomiting a lot</li> <li>you already have another health condition</li> <li>the pain gets worse over time, doesn't go away, or wakes you up from sleep</li> </ul> <p>Also let the doctor know if you:</p> <ul> <li>have a fever</li> <li>have pain when you pee</li> <li>have trouble pooping or peeing</li> <li>have blood in your poop or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hematuria.html/">pee</a></li> <li>think the belly pain is from an injury</li> <li>might be pregnant</li> </ul> <h3>How Can I Feel Better?</h3> <p>Most bellyaches don't have a serious cause. They can happen for many different reasons, but most are easy to treat.</p> <p>If stress or anxiety seem to be behind the pain, the doctor may recommend that you talk to a counselor or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/therapist.html/">therapist</a>. They 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:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Wash your hands before eating or preparing food, and after using the bathroom.</li> <li>Don't overeat, 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 your digestive system.</li> <li>Avoid <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/food-safety.html/">foods</a> that have passed their expiration date or or weren't stored properly.</li> <li>If you have a food allergy or intolerance, avoid eating foods that make you sick. If you have a food allergy, always carry two epinephrine auto-injectors, and know when you should use them.</li> </ul>Dolores de estómagoEl dolor es la manera en la que el cuerpo nos hace saber que está ocurriendo algo. El dolor de estómago suele indicarnos que está ocurriendo algo en nuestro interior y, de otra manera, no nos enteraríamos.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/teens/stomachaches-esp.html/a32e2d23-994a-4579-ab56-cfcfc9044abd
Crohn's DiseaseCrohn's disease is a condition that causes parts of the intestine (bowel) to get red and swollen. It can be challenging to deal with, but many teens find that they're able to feel well and have few symptoms for long periods of time. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/crohns-disease.html/0253f3a0-810f-467c-9ec8-1fa4187e8179
DiarrheaNearly everybody gets diarrhea every once in a while, and it's usually caused by gastrointestinal infections. It's nothing to be embarrassed about. Read this article to learn more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/diarrhea.html/a6f9f493-2ca8-437a-b4bb-4909ac75b2fc
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
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.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/food-allergies.html/7ffda401-6c59-4ba7-8874-76bf62352b0a
Food PoisoningThe germs that get into food and cause food poisoning are tiny, but can have a powerful effect on the body. Find out what to do if you get food poisoning - and how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/food-poisoning.html/ec41bcb2-5d7d-441c-babe-7ca56fab3889
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.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/gerd.html/a2ccead6-1b16-4eaf-9861-18e46ecd611b
Hand Washing: Why It's So ImportantDid you know that the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands? If you don't wash your hands frequently, you can pick up germs from other sources and then infect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/handwashing.html/83630582-a0c6-4b77-97f9-6b26970fd4af
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.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hernias.html/ef4cbb2d-a308-414f-a96b-884357dc4e35
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseInflammatory bowel disease is an ongoing illness caused by an inflammation of the intestines. There are two kinds of IBD: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ibd.html/c57ab671-d60f-4706-887c-a02296112ad7
Irritable Bowel SyndromeSome teens get stomachaches and diarrhea often. Read about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common intestinal disorder that affects the colon.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ibs.html/48a0c74d-aff9-429c-89ed-8429b1d28d2b
Lactose IntoleranceIf you have lactose intolerance, you're not alone. Millions of Americans have the condition. Check out these tips on dealing with lactose intolerance.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/lactose-intolerance.html/2b888cb8-20ae-48c5-8791-fb5b44682073
Testicular TorsionThis emergency condition happens when the spermatic cord gets twisted and cuts off blood supply, causing pain and swelling. Find out what to do in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/torsion.html/dd181175-350a-4289-9252-fe58ab70e811
UlcersDoctors once thought that stress, spicy foods, and alcohol caused most stomach ulcers. But ulcers are actually caused by a particular bacterial infection, by certain medications, or from smoking. Read all about ulcers.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ulcers.html/cd11f639-3444-47e4-ad4f-e614479a4f6a
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