What to Do About Stomachaches
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.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Stomachaches?
- sore throat
- painful urination
Get Medical Care if a Stomachache Happens Along With:
- pain that's frequent, increasing, or severe
- pain that starts near the belly button, then moves to the lower right side of the belly
- trouble walking due to pain
- repeated vomiting, especially if it is greenish-yellow
- signs of dehydration
- trouble having a bowel movement (poop)
- bloody or black bowel movements
- loss of appetite for more than a day or two
- in boys, swelling of the scrotum
What Can Help Prevent Stomachaches?
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 and often, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom
- get lots of sleep and talk about their worries to help deal with stress
Date reviewed: March 2023