Tummy pain is very common in children but can be worrying. Most children will not need any specific treatment and the pain will get better by itself. Tummy pain can be caused by;
Sometimes there is no cause and the pain goes away by itself.
In older children tummy pain might also be caused by;
Sometimes, tummy pain can be caused by something more serious, such as appendicitis or a twist in the testicles of boys known as testicular torsion.
What Should You Do If Your Child Has Tummy Pain?
If your child has tummy pain there are a few things you can do to below to help them;
If their pain is not controlled with simple pain relief, if they develop jaundice (yellow skin or eyes), have a swollen tummy, are weeing more or less than usual or have blood in their poo or wee, you should arrange for them to be seen urgently by a medical practitioner. Call your GP surgery or NHS 111.
The duration of your child’s symptoms will depend on the cause of their tummy pain.
When to Get Further Help
Call your GP or 111 for advice if your child has a;
Go to the nearest A&E Department or phone 999 if your child is;
Although it is scary when your child is in pain most tummy pain can be managed at home following the advice here, talking to your Health Visitor or visiting your GP.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.