A pediatric GI doctor explains common causes of stomach pain in children, remedies to help and when to call the doctor
As many parents know, children and stomach aches seem to go hand in hand. Stomach pain in kids can be caused by a variety of common reasons such as eating too much, needing to go to the bathroom, or anxiety or worry about an upcoming event. However, if your child complains of stomach pain frequently, it can be difficult to know the best ways to help and when to call the doctor.
"One of the first questions we ask children is where their stomach hurts," explains Megha S. Mehta, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist at Children's Health℠ and Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern. "Location of the pain can help physicians determine what is causing the pain, in addition to other characteristics such as severity of pain, when it occurs, what makes it better or worse and accompanying symptoms."
Learn more about causes of stomach pain in a child, when parents should worry about stomach pain and when a little rest and hydration is all your child may need.