Abdominal Pain

Advice for Parents and Carers

If your child has any of the following:

  • Becomes pale, mottled and feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Is going blue around the lips
  • Becomes confused or very lethargic (difficult to wake)
  • Has green or blood stained vomit
  • Develops severe pain despite pain relief such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • Has testicular pain (especially in teenage boys)

You child needs urgent help.

please phone 999 or go to the nearest hospital emergency (A+E) department

If your child has any of the following:
  • Develops a swollen tummy
  • Has blood in their poo or wee
  • Experiences constant pain for more than 1 day despite pain killers
  • Has a fever or symptoms continuing for more than 5 days
  • Becomes increasingly thirsty
  • Is weeing significantly more or less than normal Develops yellow skin or eyes
  • Has weight loss/ poor growth

You need to contact a doctor or nurse today

please ring your GP surgery or call NHS 111 for advice – dial 111

If your child:

  • Is alert and interacts with you
  • Develops diarrhoea & vomiting but no red or amber signs
  • Experiences pain associated with menstruation in a girl
  • Is frequently constipated

Self care

Continue providing your child’s care at home. If you are still concerned about your child, call NHS 111 – dial 111

How can I look after my child?

  • Should include ensuring your child has regular food and drink (clear fluids) and regular pain relief (paracetemol/ ibuprofen should be given as per manufacturers instructions)
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