Abdominal pain is pretty common in kids. It can be a simple reaction to food or a symptom of stomach flu or food poisoning. In other cases, stomach pain can indicate a larger issue.

It is important for parents to be able to recognize the symptoms that may indicate that a child's pain is severe enough to require a pediatric ER visit.

If Your Child Has These Symptoms, Emergency Care May Be Necessary

Seek pediatric ER treatment if the abdominal pain meets the following parameters:

  • The child is inconsolable and can't get comfortable
  • Pain is severe and unrelenting
  • The abdomen is tender to the touch or pain extends to your child's back

Your child may need emergency care if his or her stomach pain is accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Significant or bloody diarrhea
  • The child is difficult to rouse and has no interest in eating or drinking
  • Seizures or fainting
  • Distended abdomen

Our pediatric ER is close to home and able to help treat your child's abdominal pain. The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial strives to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality, pediatric emergency care.

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