Stomach Pain and Children

How to Identify Stomach Pain in Babies and Toddlers

Stomach pain is harder to identify when children are too young to talk. Here are some things to look for:

  • Fussier than normal
  • Curling up their legs towards their belly
  • Eating poorly
  • Listless and not interested in toys
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Causes of Stomach Pain in Kids

Kids get tummy aches, often for no apparent reason. But here are some tips on what might be causing stomach pain in kids, based on their main symptoms. Of course, you should seek a pediatrician or go to the ER to treat your child's particular concerns:

  • Nausea or lack of appetite - indigestion or a stomach virus
  • Pain over all or most of their belly - indegestion, constipation, stomach virus or gas
  • Cramping pain (often followed by diarrhea) - food poisoning, gas, or bloating
  • Pain localized to one area (one side or the other, above or below the belly button) - may be related to the appendix, gallbaldder, or a stomach ulcer.
  • None of the above - if your child can only describe the pain vaguely, like “it's all over but doesn't get worse”, they may be experiencing stress or anxiety