Stomach pain is one of the most common symptoms your child is likely to experience, and it has many possible causes. Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care in Manassas, Virginia, is a specialty service with expert pediatricians available day and night to diagnose and treat children with stomach pain that needs prompt attention. If you’re concerned about your child’s stomach pain, visit Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care today, give them a call, or book an appointment online.
Mild stomach pain in children is often due to a simple, temporary cause like gas or overeating. Stomach pain can also be a sign that your child has a viral infection that could result in vomiting and diarrhea.
The many other possible causes of stomach pain include:
A cause of stomach pain in infants is Intussusception, where a part of the intestine slips into another part of the intestine like a telescope. This is most commonly seen where the small and large intestines meet.
If your child has stomach pain, unless it’s severe and needs immediate attention, watch and wait for a couple of hours to see if it goes away.
If your child has stomach pain, get them to lie down and rest for a while to help ease their discomfort. Give them clear fluids to drink, preferably water, and if they feel like eating, offer them bland foods.
Have a bowl handy in case they need to vomit — younger children often say they have stomach pain when they feel nauseous. You shouldn’t give your child any medicines unless your pediatrician at Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care advises you to, as they could make the pain worse.
If your child’s stomach pain is due to a harmless cause, it should improve or go away in a few hours. If they’re sick with something like stomach flu, then the vomiting and diarrhea should begin within a couple of hours of the pain starting. If the pain gets worse or your child has any other symptoms, call Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care for advice.
Your pediatrician at Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care diagnoses your child’s stomach pain by reviewing their symptoms and medical history and doing a physical exam. They might also need to take blood and/or urine samples or refer your child to an imaging lab for X-rays or an ultrasound.
Treating stomach pain depends on what’s causing it, which is why your pediatrician works to reach an accurate diagnosis. Many cases of stomach pain in children are due to stress, worries, and school avoidance, which although they aren’t signs of disease or dysfunction in your child’s body, do cause genuine physical pain.
Your pediatrician can help you to help your child by talking to them and helping them learn to worry less and relax more. Call Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care or book online today if you’re concerned about your child’s stomach pain, or visit the walk-in clinic.