Children's Belly Pain

Thursday, May 21, 2015

When your child complains of belly pain, how do you know if it is serious or not? Dr. Edward Hill shares some common causes of belly pain in children in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Almost all children have abdominal pain at one time or another. A child may complain of belly pain for many reasons. These include:

Constipation - one of the most common reasons for abdominal pain.

Diarrhea - often caused by a viral intestinal infection.

Vomiting associated with nausea or feeling sick to your stomach

Food certain foods may not agree with your childs digestion, or the food may be spoiled or contaminated with bacteria.

Infection - A sore throat, pneumonia, ear infection or urinary tract infection can cause abdominal pain.

Stress many children have a nervous stomach when they are worried or stressed.

Appendicitis - if the pain starts by your belly button and then moves to the lower right side of your abdomen, it might be appendicitis. Fever, vomiting, worsening pain, and a loss of appetite, can be signs of appendicitis.

With so many possibilities, it is important to be able to identify and treat appropriately any condition. If symptoms do not resolve, please seek medical attention.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.