Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Food Poisoning Abdominal Pain Children

Food poisoning should not cause severe or persistent abdominal pain in children.

For mild pain, home treatment measures include:

  • Avoid aspirin, spicy foods and caffeine.
  • Avoid exposing the child to cigarette smoke.
  • Avoid enemas and laxatives.
  • Try a heating pad or hot water bottle on the abdomen, or a warm bath.
  • Drink clear liquids only and avoid dairy products for 24 hours. Then slowly advance to a soft diet before returning to solid foods.
  • For vomiting, take small but constant sips of water until vomiting stops.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Older children can try an acid-blocker medicine like:
  • Try an antacid medication such as:
  • Take any prescription medications as directed.
  • Use acetaminophen for pain control. Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen.

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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