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Stomachaches can be caused by many things, from gas or constipation to stress, overeating, or a contagious stomach bug. Sometimes, complaints about stomach pain may have nothing to do with the stomach itself — pain can come from another part of the body. Signs and Symptoms
Seek Medical Care
If a Stomachache Is Accompanied by:
pain that's frequent, increasing, or severe
pain that starts near the belly button, then moves to the lower right side of the abdomen
difficulty walking due to pain
persistent vomiting, especially if it is greenish-yellow
dehydration trouble having a bowel movement (poop)
bloody or black bowel movements
loss of appetite for more than a day or two
Encourage kids to:
avoid overeating or eating right before going to sleep never share utensils, cups, straws, etc.
get plenty of
fluids and fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables reduce fatty, greasy foods like fries and burgers
wash hands well, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom get lots of
sleep and talk about their worries to help deal with stress
Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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