Emergency Care for Abdominal Pain

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Swedish Medical Center

Abdominal pain is very common in children. It can be a reaction to food and activity or the symptom of a stomach bug or food poisoning. However, it also can indicate a larger issue. Consider the following to determine if pain is severe enough to go to the ER.

Emergency Care May Be Necessary if Your Child:

  • Is Inconsolable
  • Has pain that is severe and unrelenting
  • Experiencing abdominal tenderness to the touch or pain radiates down child's back

Seek emergency care if the pain is accompanied by:

  • Fever
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Significant or bloody diarrhea
  • Difficult to rouse
  • No interest in eating or drinking
  • Seizures or fainting
  • Distended abdomen 

Swedish Pediatric Emergency Care