So if your child complains of a bellyache, what can you do? Here are some ideas to ease the discomfort:
- Have your child rest; most symptoms will disappear within 30 minutes
- Encourage sipping clear fluids, such as broth, tea or diluted fruit juice
- Give a foot massage or scratch your child’s back to put distract from the pain
- Try to have your child pass a stool
- Give small meals throughout the day instead of a big lunch and dinner.
- Have your child try rice, dry toast or crackers.
- Do not give spicy foods or drinks with caffeine or carbonation; these will make the pain worse.
- Always talk to your doctor before giving medication.
Dr. Wendy Wallace, a pediatrician at CHOP Care Network North Hills in West Chester, offers these signs that stomach pain needs medical attention:
- Pain persists for 24 hours
- Pain is localized to one area or moves around distinctly
- Belly looks swollen or feels hard
- Fever or chills
- Refusing to eat or drink
- Blood in vomit or stool
- Skin rash with pain