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Abdominal Pain in Children Overview

What is abdominal pain in children?
A child with abdominal pain has discomfort in the abdomen. The location of the pain within the abdomen can be an important clue in determining the underlying cause. Pain located in one area of the abdomen may be more serious than pain in the entire abdomen.

What are the symptoms of abdominal pain in children?
Important features of abdominal pain in children include pain severity, character, timing, location, and the presence of associated symptoms. Symptoms that often occur with abdominal pain in children include back pain, chest pain, constipation, diarrhea, cough, breathing difficulty, fever, pain during urination, nausea, and vomiting.

How does the doctor treat abdominal pain in children?
It depends on the underlying cause for the abdominal pain. Some conditions can be treated with antacids or other medications. More serious causes for abdominal pain may require surgery.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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