If NOT, try one of these:


Causes of Acute Stomach Pain

Causes of Recurrent Stomach Pains

Pain Scale

When to Call for Abdominal Pain - Male

Call 911 Now

  • Not moving or too weak to stand
  • You think your child has a life-threatening emergency

Call Doctor Now or Go to ER

  • Pain low on the right side
  • Pain or swelling in the scrotum
  • Constant pain (or crying) for more than 2 hours
  • Recent injury to the stomach
  • High-risk child (such as diabetes, sickle cell disease, recent abdominal surgery)
  • Age less than 2 years
  • Fever over 104° F (40° C)
  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

  • Moderate pain that keeps from some normal activities
  • Mild pain that comes and goes (cramps), but lasts more than 24 hours
  • Fever is present
  • Bladder infection (UTI) suspected (passing urine hurts, new onset wetting)
  • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Call Doctor During Office Hours

  • Stomach pains are a frequent problem
  • You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

  • Mild stomach pain

Call 911 Now

Call Doctor Now or Go to ER

Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

Call Doctor During Office Hours

Self Care at Home


Care Advice for Stomach Pain

  1. What You Should Know About Stomach Pain:
  2. Lie Down:
  3. Clear Fluids:
  4. Prepare for Vomiting:
  5. Pass a Stool:
  6. Do Not Give Medicines:
  7. What to Expect:
  8. Call Your Doctor If:
  9. Extra Help: Worried Stomach:

And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.


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Anatomy - Gastrointestinal