Abdominal Pain in Children Treatment
Treatment for abdominal pain in children depends on the cause. Pain from mild constipation diarrhea may be treated with over-the-counter medications.
A child with severe abdominal pain caused by a diseased organ inside the abdomen, such as appendicitis, may require urgent surgery. This usually requires admission to the hospital for a few days, followed by recuperation at home for a week. If a child has moderate to severe pain, but initial tests do not identify a cause, the doctor may decide to observe the child in the office or hospital. If the pain persists, the doctor may perform additional tests, in order to look for the cause of the abdominal pain.
Treatment for abdominal pain in children may include:
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