Pediatric Abdominal Pain: What Doctors Want Parents to Know
Abdominal pain in children is one of the more common reasons to seek urgent medical care. To better diagnose and treat the possible causes, keep the following in mind: Diagnosing Pediatric Abdominal Pain Abdominal pain is common symptom for many health issues – some harmless, some dangerous:
- Constipation or gas
- Viral infections (e.g. “stomach flu”)
- Acid reflux
- Food poisoning
- Food allergy
- Problems with the gallbladder or intestines
When To Seek Medical Care Is your child experiencing worsening abdominal pain, especially with nausea, vomiting, and fever? Then, it is highly advisable to seek medical attention to rule out serious problems such as appendicitis, which if untreated can actually be fatal.
Even if your child is experiencing more common symptoms, like diarrhea and cramps, it’s possible to become dehydrated enough to make medical care prudent.
If the symptoms are worsening, or your child can’t keep liquids down without vomiting them back up, it’s definitely time to be seen.>
We recommend having a doctor or urgent care provider evaluate your child by doing an examination, which may include performing stool or urine tests. At our Woodbridge Walk-In Urgent Care, we would check for the most common benign conditions, as well as the more rare but severe possibilities.