Stomach Aches: 5 Things Parents Should Know

The difference between a regular tummy ache and something serious

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At some point, every parent hears these three words: “My stomach hurts.”

Most of the time, kids’ stomach pain goes away on its own with home remedies such as ginger ale and TLC. But sometimes stomach aches signal something more serious. How can you tell the difference?

Lori Mahajan, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist in Cleveland Clinic Children’s, offers parents five tips about tummy aches in tots and teens, along with advice on when to call or visit the doctor:

5 things every parent should know about stomach aches

1. “Stomach flu” isn’t really the flu

Gastroenteritis, one of the most common causes of stomach aches in children, is typically caused by a virus — just not the influenza virus. It usually includes diarrhea and vomiting and will run its course in seven to 10 days without the need for medical assistance. Be sure to have your child drink plenty of fluids.

Also, watch for blood in the vomit or stool. Those are signs that something more serious could be wrong, and a trip to the doctor is in order.

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2. Kids get heartburn, too

We tend to think of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as an adult problem, but it’s also common in kids. GERD is often tough to pinpoint, especially in very young children, but vomiting is often a strong indicator. So are complaints of a sour or foul taste in the mouth and pain in the upper middle part of the abdomen.

GERD can typically be treated with antacids and, if necessary, medications called H2 blockers such as Pepcid® or Zantac® or proton-pump inhibitor drugs such as Nexium® or Prevacid®. Changes in the diet can help, too. Kids with GERD should avoid acidic drinks like soda pop, orange juice, tomato-based products, spicy foods, and medications such as ibuprofen that irritate the stomach.

Stomach Aches: 5 Things Parents Should Know

3. Constipation is a frequent cause

Constipation rounds out the three most common causes of abdominal pain in kids. Adding more fiber to a child’s diet, along with apple juice (preferably unsweetened) or prune juice can really help.

Watch for rectal bleeding, though. It could signal something more serious. And chronic constipation can point to celiac disease or an underactive thyroid gland, among other conditions.

How to Prevent Constipation in Your Kids

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4. Eight glasses of water a day is no myth

Drinking a lot of fluid is important, and not just to keep kids hydrated during a bout of gastroenteritis. Drinking enough fluids will help them maintain healthy bowel function.

At least half the fluid a child drinks should be plain water. Avoid soda pop and other sugary drinks, including sweetened juices, flavored waters and sports drinks. Too much sugar can actually cause stomach aches — not to mention obesity and the long-term health problems associated with it.

Stomach Aches: 5 Things Parents Should Know

5. It may be more than just a stomach ache

Most of the time, a stomach ache shouldn’t cause alarm. But parents should be mindful of how long it lasts and any other symptoms that come with it. Acute pain in a child’s lower right abdomen is a sign of appendicitis, which should be treated right away.

In addition, recurring bouts of what seems like gastroenteritis could really be a sign of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), says Dr. Mahajan, especially if you have a family history of IBD. And chronic stomach aches can come from food allergies or food intolerance.

So when a stomach ache seems like something more, listen to your parental “gut”— and don’t be afraid to talk to your child’s doctor.

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  • Tara Pope

    My son was having a persistent stomach ache. It would take me several days to get him into the doctors. I was glad I had the MD247 service. I could just pick up the phone, and speak with a doctor within minutes. They could give my child the comfort and relief he needed.

  • prakash

    i have 6 years old daughter and she had constipation problem from when she was of 1 years,now she has frequent stomach pain and vumating problem with constipation problem.i had tried a lot of medicine but not find any result.need a help and suggestion on

  • Dawn Lane

    I have a 4 year old daughter and she has had belly pain off and on fir 5 days now. The first day was really bad. Then its was just so oftten, but she has had the runs for 4 days, it is just now on the 5th day that it is arting to have some form to it. And for the past 4 days there has been small traces of blood in her poo. I called the docs about 3 times and they keep telling me to just keep and eye on it. Let me also say that on all five days all her poo is runny other than today loose but not runny, she eats and drinks and plays normaly as if nothing is wrong, does not want t layown nor does she sit there and complain that she is sick all day. Any info?

    • Health Hub Team

      Hi Dawn,
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  • marty

    I have a 2 going on 3 years old daughter. She has had the abdominal pain off and on since January 2013. she grabs her belly button area all the time. When is eating, watching TV, going up the steps etc. she keeps saying my tummy hurts mummy. i have been in and out of her doctor’s office. The doc ordered X-ray and he said it was poop. She poops well and doesn’t have constipation. He prescribed Laxative, which we used for about a month. The abdominal pain would not go away. I don’t know what to do anymore. Her doctor has done ultrasound, stool test, blood test etc. All tests came clean. But she is still in pain. She is not going through any stress and i give her a lot of TLC.
    Now i am looking for herbal medicine because it breaks my heart to watch her go through pain for this long.
    Please can anyone help me.

    • Tina Lischak

      Could she be lactose intolerant or IBC

    • vatsla

      Keep cotton ball soaked in mustard oil on her navel and give very light massage around her navel.

      It may be helpful for her. God bless you.

    • Marie

      Does she vomit at all? She might have Cyclic Abdominal Migraines and a physician will usually prescribe Omeprazole (to reduce the amount of acid in her belly) Does she complain after eating pizza or sausage – anything spicy?

      • Robin Varney Simms

        My 24 year old daughter has suffered from Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (Migraines) since she was 5 years old. It would hit her 4-5 times a week as a child, then slowed down to once or twice every few months. Now, as an adult, she does it maybe once or so a year.

        • Nikkii-Lane Pavao

          @RobinVSimms : what did you do to treat her CVS if I may ask , I have a cousin who also suffers from CVS and it started when 5 years old and he is now 21 and its worse than ever even the doctors said they have done everything they don’t understand and neither do we since this illness took ahold he is not the same he can’t go out , eat or do anything because he has really bad episodes . you have first hand experience if you could share I would truly appreciate it .

    • marie

      I FOUND IT! Functional Abdominal Pain – here’s the link:

    • Wanda sisk

      My daughter has been doin the same and now I’m being refered to levinge hospital gi dr so I’m scared

    • Cristique

      Oh wow Marty your story is the SAME as mine. But its my son and he’s 7 and NOT constipated like they said he was last year. What was her diagnosis? hopefully you have one by now and can share.

    • ladonna

      Did you find any herbs ?.my son is 12 and we’ve followed exact.path. He does have a small Hiatal hernia they discovered but I still feel he hurts too much.

    • Sea soul

      Should get referred to Gastro specialist urgently

    • obedienceofone

      Marty I am sorry to hear that your daughter is in so much pain. I hope by now she feels better but if not my advice would be take her off ALL processed foods, feed her a real food diet per advice from Weston Price Foundatio(do a google search and you’ll find a lot of info) and you might even need to put her on gaps diet, beneficial for her overall health anyway. I wish you the best.

    • joseph

      My daughter is going threw the same thing and I do not know what’s going on have you found out your daughters problem

    • Anna

      Ever consider gluten allergy?

    • radoo

      Give her each morning glass of cold water with lemon and honey.

    • rachel

      Check out leaky gut syndrome

    • Sue Liang

      What happen later? Were you able to find a cure? My son seem to have the same problem. He have already seen 7 doctors. If you have some solution please help me. Thank you

    • Philip

      Ok, first take her to the doctor.
      Ask if a scope is a good idea.

      • thereasa

        My son has sore guts everyday he’s on ritilan 30 mg I don’t won’t to see him like this he allways has the runs pleas help me pleas.

        • JustinV

          Sounds like lactose intolerant. Try stopping dairy.

    • Manka

      Try The mynth tea or camomile ..try to put also a warm cloth soaked in one of those teas mynth or camomile or other herb which is not so popular but really good is boldol

  • Anonymous

    Not one of these are the cause of some one I know. Paracetamol and other medicines aren’t working. It goes off and on all the time. She’s young and about to go to secondary school. Any one of you know the cure?!?

  • Anonymous

    Also, the pain goes every where near her belly, it’s like something is inside her doing something. It’s not petatartos and it’s not like a parasite in side her, well I hope it’s not…

  • kellie

    Consider lactose or fructose intolerance as well. My daughter wasn’t diagnosed till she was 15, after years of stomach issues and low weight.

    • LIFE_is_a_Shipwreck

      I have the same issue ask your daughter and I’m 21 the doctor said it’s cause of how I eat they suggest I don’t eat enough cause I have low weight but it could be something else.

  • Erin

    Hi all-

    Watch for food allergies and intolerances. They can be hard to diagnose. I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant at 8, fructose intolerant at 16, and celiac at 24. Also have IBS and acid reflux. Good luck to all of you!

    • Anonymous

      I’m almost 14 years old and my stomach has been hurting for the past 3 days. Today is the fourth day that it has been hurting. It feels like someone is squeezing my stomach a lot. It hurts REALLY bad. I told my mom but she says to wait it out. I don’t know what to do. It gets worse it I move or eat or lay down. Its 1:23 in the morning and I can’t sleep because it hurts so much. I haven’t thrown up yet but I feel like I’m going to any second. Someone please help me!!!

      • Annie

        I’m 13 and I have has stomach aches for now 3 years all the time and i have been to the docter many times but they never find anything and it hurts so so bad and I never can control it I can’t sleep at night and I’m always tired no matter what even if I do sleep and I don’t know what it is if any one does please tell me

  • hannah

    my son is 1 year old and he is suffering from severe abdominal pain, we already went to the doctor several times and nothing happen always the same. Everytime he eat, or drink his milk, he suffer stomach pain. cold is on and off he also have head aches.

    • Shea

      that sounds like he’s lactose intolerant. Try taking all dairy out of his diet for a week & see if it helps! Good Luck!

  • Mary

    Sweet acidophilus is easier on tummies than milk and has healthy bacteria. If the pain is in the belt area, it might be Crohn’s disease, a chronic irritable bowel syndrome in the small intestine. My son was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 9, but I think it was easier to determine because we knew his father had the condition.

  • Teonie

    Im 14, i been experiencing stomach pain for 3days straight. Sometimes i feel nautious or the need to vomit but it wont happen. I dont know whats wrong wit me .. :(

  • Heather

    I’m 11 and I have really bad stomachs aches every now and then. I’m not nauschious, and I don’t have the runs. I don’t know what’s wrong! I took pepto bismo and it didn’t help. Help!!!

    • vicki

      Hi Heather,
      I am sorry that you went through so much of pain. You should see a Dr to rule out any other problems that can cause you to have so much pain.
      But I guess that the pain comes on very strongly when you are under stress, eg like exam is round the corner, when there are just too much homework, oral exam or you are anxious about a particular situation right? If it is so, you might need to learn some relaxation techniques.
      As you are a child, ask your parents to explore hypnotherapy, EFT( emotional freedom technique).
      These are complementary alternative “tools” going along side any medication that your Dr. prescribed. It can help you to cope with stress and anxieties.
      You are not alone. Many children and adults have these problems too.

  • samantha hunter

    Hi im a 21 year old women and have no health problems but over the last 3 days I have had really back stomach pains and it is woken me up during the night I have took painkillers and it dosnt budge the pain at all dose anyone no what this could be

  • laura

    My little boy is 3yrs old and has been having stomach ache on and off for a few months now and says he’s going to be sick but doesn’t he suffers from toddler diarrhoea which he has 1 or 2 normal stools a week and have been told it should get better by the age of 4/5 any ideas what could be causing the stomach ache

  • Hayley

    Hi there my daughter is 10 and going through excruciating pain coming from her abdomen … i was that scared i had her up at a and e but they said it was not appendicitis that it was cholicy. They could not prescribe her with anything so i had her at the gp and they gave me movicol for her she has pooped everyday since sometimes 2 times and that was a week ago but she is still waking up through the night screaming in pain. does anyone know what this could be ?

  • kat

    About the excruciating stomach aches: Yetserday’s Washington Post Health Section (3/17/2014) has a fascinating piece on a 9 year old-boy who had the flu and after recovering had terrible pain and would throw up. The headline is: “Why was her son so sick? A doctor searches for the cause” by Sandra Bondman. You can find it at:
    As I remember the story, the condensed version is: His mom- a doctor– consulted at a number of hospitals before deciding to call docs around the country, presenting the case as if she was talking about a patient who was not her son. After a series of false starts (they took out his gall bladder, said it was all in his head etc) it was discovered that the boy had an extremely rare problem in the tiny tubes that connect to the pancreas, liver and kidney. that caused bile to go where it shouldn’t. (My recollection/ understanding. Better to check the story) The solution was a surgery in which the tubes were stretched. The narrow tubes were probably with him since birth but symptoms appeared only after the flu temporarily weakened his system. He was back playing tennis three months later. (A cyst was discovered during surgery but that is not the usual scenario in this problem). Finding out that this is what your children have is a long shot but I posted on the off-chance. If the mom had this much trouble getting her son diagnosed, I figured that those of us without medical degrees would have a nearly impossible time so I felt I should post this lead. Good luck to all of you and your babies.

  • Heidi D.

    On Friday, March 24, my 10 year old daughter was hospitalized due to a high grade fever, lethargy, and an elevated white level blood count. A series of tests were done and finally after two days care at Scottish Rite in Atlanta, GA, was discharged w/paperwork saying stomach inflammation and a cyst on her liver. It has been over a week since her hospitalization and she continues to have stomach pain and discomfort daily. She was already taken to the pediatrician a day after being discharged and the pediatrician was to refer all her paperwork to a liver specialist. I do not know exactly what condition my daughter may have, but it is so frightening and just breaks my heart. I am in absolute turmoil over this and the uncertainty of what the future holds for us. From so many articles I have read, it seems like it can be so many things from intolerances to even cancer and I am in a on and off depressive state over this. It is horrible to see your child suffer and not be able to cure them. I hope you all find answers to your conditions in the coming weeks. :-(

    • Michelle Cavin

      I sure pray all went well for your daughter last year. This has broke my heart to hear of her young life suffering like that. I am praying for your family and especially her. I sure pray all is well.

  • MotherofBrandon

    My son is now 8 1/2. He has has stomach aches with and without vomiting since he was around 3. He has been on and off zantac or nexium over the years as they thought it was gerd for a long time. He can be symptom free for months and then have a bought of stomach pain with or without vomiting that presents either for a few days, once a week for a few weeks or just once in the whole month or nothing for a few months. He typically presents either around midnight or early in the morning but not always. Sometimes it goes away after an hour or even half the day and then seems fine but may have another episode the next night or morning. He has had Allergy tests, I have kept food diaries with no connections, He has had a barium swallow and a scope done all with no findings. The Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh labeled it as CVS but I have my doubts. Though he seems to have a type of cycle he doesn’t ever(at least not yet) puke all day or require hospitilization like most cases of CVS I read about. He is a health boy other than whatever is going on with him and just don’t know what to do next. Any suggestions?

  • lissette

    Hi im 23 years old. I’ve always had stomach issues since i was 5 years old. i have been in and out of hospitals since then.every couple of months i cant seem to hold down my food i always vomit and have diarrhea. for about a week or two. i take dexillant and reglan on a daily basis. I become severely dehydrated, I always have stomach pains, i have always been told they don’t know what’s wrong with me everything comes out normal. i become overwhelmed because i would like to know what’s the matter with me and alot of stress will be relieved. if somebody could help this would be great.

  • Robin Varney Simms

    I wanted to add to the appendicitis symptoms….my husband, my daughter and son all had appendicitis within 7 months of each other. Every one of them had vomiting, and pain that started around their belly button. The lower right pain didn’t start until more than 10+ hours later.

  • mayra

    Hi I have a 8 year old son that just complains of stomach pain often we went to er they did ultrasound everything Ok It just brakes my heart pcp gave him cultural but no help

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  • Connie

    My 9 yr old has been complaining that her stomach hurts on n off for 6 days now. There is no number 2 only vomiting and after that her stomach feels better. I gave her pepto bismol which only helps a little and she will not drink any ginger ale or anything with electrolytes to help with the vomiting. Can anyone tell me if this sounds like a stomach virus or what else it can be???

  • Believex

    Au some my daughter has a very bad stumic ach

  • Trista

    My son is currently 5 years of age, he has been complaining about a sore stomach for sometime now. It all started roughly 2 years ago when he would have random episodes, where he would go extremely pale, get “wobbly” in his hands and legs to the point at times he can’t stand and nausea. They have now only gotten worse from usually a 15 minute episode they can now last to over 2 hours and no include vomiting, even water, which sucks because water was the only thing that makes him feel better. He had countless blood test, at first telling us he was low in iron/borderline anemic yet the peadiatrician said my doctor had read it wrong and he is fine. He has had stool samples tested for bacteria, tests for lactose, celiac, and other food related tests. His second last blood test showed his white cells were high, hemoglobin was high (even though in the previous one it was low), protein was one number above and 2 almost 3 of his iron levels were low. Took him to the hospital last week where they did more bloods and everything was “fine” yet I find my little boy complaining about his tummy now way to much and way to frequent. Every time his belly hurts he gets the shakes, he needs water asap and a shower to get warm again… I don’t know what else to do!

  • morena

    My stoach has beenhurting everyday for the past week and i do go to bathroom but its everyday more than once in 44should i go to emergency room?im literally in pain everyday

  • caring mom

    GMO foods can cause many problems in children. My son has had many stomach problems. I switched over too all organic, no processed foods at all, clean organic food. When I did this his he started to feel better. And his allergies that were there for years seasonally disappeared! We are what we eat! Genetically modified foods are not the way god intended our food supply to be! There are pesticides genetically modified into corn so that they produce their own pesticides while growing to kill bugs off. What can that be doing to us all? It is scary what is happening to our food! I believe many of these allergies children have to food is from the GMOs! They are not natural so our bodies view the gmo food as invaders hence all of the allergic symptoms. Hope this helps

  • SweetDaisies

    I’m almost 14 years old and my stomach has been hurting for the past 3 days. Today is the fourth day that it has been hurting. It feels like someone is squeezing my stomach a lot. It hurts REALLY bad. I told my mom but she says to wait it out. I don’t know what to do. It gets worse it I move or eat or lay down. Its 1:23 in the morning and I can’t sleep because it hurts so much. I haven’t thrown up yet but I feel like I’m going to any second. Someone please help me!

    • lauren

      I am also 14 ..and Im going through the same thing at the moment ….what helped u / r u ok now ?

      • DAJA

        I’m 12 year old girl and I am having that problem

        • Daja

          maybe it’s a part of growing up

  • Katie

    Hi my daughter has been eating stuff ie:carpet fluff sponge) since she was 2 she is now 8 an I still catch her eating the odd sponge, constantly tuck her to drs wn she was little then 6months ago she woke up in the middle of the nite with abdominal pain an lasted for about 3days I tuck her to hospital an thy tuck her bloods and asked me about her diet so I told them the stuff she eats behind my back,have you herd of Picca disorder thy said, bloods come bk verry low so was put on iron Medicean 6mntgs later her blood level is back up but still getting siriose abdominal pain that bad it wakes her up screaming but still carnt find no corse were a realy healthy familey so I am realy concerned :( x

    • Tamara

      I’m so sorry that your daughter has been experiencing such difficulties! Blood work is an excellent place to start to get her on any necessary supplementation. You may also want to get a referral from your pediatrician for pediatric gastroenterology to address concerns regarding stomach pain. Pediatric psychology may also be helpful in addressing the PICA.

  • Anita

    I have boy of almost 5yrs now I just discovered that his stomach is hard and he told me it aches him what is the cause and what do I do. I’m worried.


  • Shulakshana Devi Kumarasamy

    Hi…my son is 5+..he frequently have tiz stomach pain…at 1st he’s not good in food but I saw the pain he has everytime..made me feed him..frm morning till nite…but he still has the pain…he always complain…It will start frm morning…on and off…plz try to guide wat to do..tq

  • Vicki Cheeseright

    My nearly 3 year old has had similar tummy pains around her naval for a few weeks now and her older sister had the same around the same age – I was told it’s adonitis, which is swollen glands in the tummy, like the glands in your neck swell when fighting an infection.

    I don’t know if there’s anything that can be done really, other than improving nutritional intake to immprove immunity. At a guess, they probably all get something like this because they become such picky eaters as this age.

    If it is severe pain, hard areas in the abdominal area or the usual warning signs that something is not right then medical advice should be sought.

  • kiki

    Hello there I’m kiki my daughter is only one and she keeps on crying holding her tummy 5 minutes later very will be ok then 10 minutes later she will start again, im really scared seeing her going through this. Do you have any suggestions for this?

  • Michele

    My son was seven when he needed a cholecystectomy. Prior to his surgery when he would have a gallbladder attack, he had excruciating pain that would last for 20 minutes & then would subside. It was the second episode that sent him to the ED where after a plain X-ray & Fleets enema we were told it was constipation & we were sent home. Our son had a small episode the next day when we took him to his pediatrician’ office where the ED X-ray was reviewed again & stones were seen. Not sure if the stones were kidney or gallbladder, a simple ultrasound was performed which revealed the stones were in his gallbladder. My son is 13 now and doing very well. He can eat like every child without any issues. I thank Dr. Magnuson from the bottom of my heart for taking such great care of my son. I write this to make parents aware that tummy pain may be serious in a child & should not be brushed off. As a parent, follow your instincts & listen to your heart.

  • Rachel Whitehead Goss

    My son is 3 at 9 months he had severe diarrhea and kept it for a yr he had a lower and upper GI they said his colon and intestines were inflamed it finally stopped now he goes about 2-3 times a day but here recently he complains his mouth hurts he is very thirsty and weather he is playing sleeping or eating he screams in pain with tears coming down holding his stomach and actually doubles over his doc said it was an attention thing but he isn’t that type of kid he is usually very quiet and likes to be left alone

  • cameron

    My 7 year old sister is having pains on and off . Its been going on for days but when she went to the doctors they didn’t find any signs of constipation even though she cant go. She will go little small stools but the pain bounces from the right to left we dont know what it is and it is heartbreaking! Does anyone know what it is?

  • april

    I have a 15 year old daughter that says her sides hurt and she is tender to touch them and it is keeping her up at night

  • Hannah

    I am 13 years old I have had a really sore stomach for 6 days know non stop I am also very nauseous i can’t eat or drink anything it makes my belly feel extremely sick and the pain is horrible I have had little sips of water and bubbly water it started off just little cramps and aces every now and than now its become so painful it’s hard to breath I am not vomiting and I do not have the runs I don’t know what it is I don’t know how I cought it if anyone knows what it is please let me know how to fix it.

  • shan

    Hi my son is 6 and he has been complaining about having tummy aches alot in the last few months. He’s not thrown up or had Diahrea ( spelling) I took him to the dr. He has swollen lymph nodes on his neck and under his arms. We did a chest xray and a lot of blood wk. I’m so nervous waiting on results. Dr said tests were prob overkill but I can’t calm down. Has anyone else had this? What was the diagnosis?

  • nyi

    On Monday my 3 year old daughter went to school with dry cough came home with a fever. On Tuesday she still had the fever but she threw up 3 times and diarrhea on herself twice. I carried her to the er and they told me she was fine but now she’s having belly pain and still having diarrhea and she hasn’t have an appetite for 4 days now what can this be any help is better to what I have now

  • sarah

    Hi my daughter is ten in the last mth and half she had four lots antibiotics due to water infections she went into hospital last friday gave her again three day course antibiotics and sent her home see gp if same went to gp urine came back normal this time they sent for scan and specialist but not till 17 march.please help she in agony dont knoe what to do anymore advice please

  • Nai

    My child has had a stomach virus for the past week. But she has leg pain that she says her legs feel weak. She has stomach cramps that come and go. She has a pain in a certain spot on her temple. But she complains every three seconds. I just think it’s a virus. What is it. My daughter is turning 11 in late March.

  • carla

    My daughter has had stomach pain for like 5 days now…. she has no problem eating drinking or going to the bathroom but she gets teary eyed at times .. what should I do? I want to get rid of her pain any ideas

  • Dap Da Sensei

    My 2 and a half year old daughter won’t eat or drink. She was vomiting and ran off twice and had a fever. But all the other symptoms are gone, but now she wont eat or drink. Plus shes not active like she used to. She well get out of bed walk around for a hot second then back to bed. This been going on for 4 days now.what causes this and what should I do?

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      At age 2 it is often difficult to separate behavioral issues
      from organic health problems. A pediatrician should see this child and help
      determine what is going on. Please call 216-444-KIDS, we have many same
      day appointments available today!

  • Gigi

    I am 11. I do have discharge- or I think I do. I get cramps but I’m not sure if they are a sign of my period or not. I had my first one about April last year and I got a cramp yesterday. It lasted for about 2 minutes. Is this a sign of my period? Or something else? I looked on the internet which says period cramps last for hours or days, not minutes. Please help! I am really confused!

    • HealthHubTeam1

      Hi Gigi,

      This is very common for girls before and during puberty. It is
      likely normal – unfortunately periods and their associated cramps don’t really follow a specific set of rules so everyone can be different.

      As always, if you’re worried talk to your pediatrician!

      – Deb Lonzer, MD, FAAP


    I m 22 years old and I had pain in my stomach from the lst 6-8 days sometimes it goes away automatically but sometimes it increases too much . I feel ths generally after having my meal in morning and at lunch and even sometimes after dnner plz tell me whtz the reason and what to do

  • ChrisKristy Helsing

    My five year old daughter has been complaining about her stomach hurting for about a week and a half and it’s usually at the end of the night . She hasn’t been passing bowl movements regularly, so I been thinking it is constipation or gastrointestinal infection but I would like some advice please and thank you!!!!

  • Baby girl

    My daughter is 11 and keeps getting stomach pains. She is t constipated and I know it’s not unusual for this age but am sure something else is going on. Any ideas?

    • HealthHubTeam1

      Belly pain at this age is almost universal. In general if she is eating and not vomiting and the pain isn’t waking her you should just make sure that your pediatrician helps you to optimize her treatment for constipation!

      – Deb Lonzer, M.D., F.A.A.P.

  • tina

    hi my 4 year old son is always telling my hes tummy hurts and he says its very hot and he wants to put ice on it so i give him some in a bag but he also cant run around for long cause of this please help iv been doctors im waiting on an hospital appiontment

  • Yolanda

    Hi, I have a 3 year old that keeps complaining of a stomach ache. I took him to the hospital yesterday and the doctor said he was fine but his still complaining and having restless nights. I am taking him back today to insist that he takes a x-ray on hisstomach. Has anyone else experience this with their child? What should I do and does anyone knows what it may be?

  • Ara

    My daughter now 9 suffered from constipation since she was a baby, always complained about tummy ache around the belly button, i didnt know what to do any more doctors always said she had backed up bowel or gas gave her laxatives it would help at times but one month before her fifth b day since she woke up she said her tummy hurt so much she would even curl up grabing her tummy. i waited to see if her pain would go away, but nothing , i called nurse advise, she said to take her to urgent care, wich i did i believe i took her at about 5 pm had go wait for husband to babysit other children i also thought pain would go away by that time it didnt. Saw first doct she said it was a virus since my doughter had a runny nose. I didnt agree, and the reason i didnt agree with her is because when i called nirse advise she sis mention about the apendix. so i asked for second opinion dr got a little upset and said you want second opinion then you have to wait for the other dr it wiil take some time since she has other patients, i said it was fine. At that time my doughter was still having pain, shivering, she looked very weak no energy. Next dr came she did same exams but she focused more on the right side of her tummyshe said it could be the apendix that she was going to order an mri and it happens that it was the appendix. So at about 1 am she was in the operating room. After that she has not had stomache problems like before i thank God that appendix did not erupt i could have been worse. I as well had my appendix removed when i was 14. Please when ever a child has pain in stomache it could be something more serious.

  • cbirks1

    My 5 year suffered the same symptoms since she was 6 to 7 months old. I was in and out of the doctors office and received all kinds of diagnosis. Unfortunately for her/us she received a diagnosis when it was almost too late. It was found with a full body MRI and it was a tumor growing in the spine compressing the torso area causing all the pain. Have a full body MRI requested immediately.

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  • dionna

    Hi i have been having a really dull stomach ache for about 5 days now i have no other symptoms

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  • Sondra Taylor

    My son is 6. The stomach pains were so bad sunday that I took him to hospital. Doctor said constipation . He was fine til thursday in the night and says hurts still. Doesn’t want to eat.

    • Deborah hinton

      Hi Sondra, my daughter is 7 and thats exactly what happened to her yesterday. U was hoping for an answer up here as well. This has never happened before so Im worried since she normally eats like a horse. Sigh. Hope your son feels better tho real soon.

  • reese

    I have such a bad stomach ache