Abdominal pain

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Recurrent abdominal pain is common in childhood, occurring in at least 10 percent of preschool and school-age children. Some common causes are gastroenteritis, lactose intolerance, appendicitis and urinary tract infections.

What to do

A hot water bottle and a rub will deal with most stomach pain. If the pain lasts more than an hour or two, or your child is vomiting or has diarroeah, or a fever, get him to a doctor. If the child seems disoriented or his stomach is bloated, get medical advice too.
Untreated gastro in a small baby quickly leads to dehydration, so offer frequent breastfeeds or for older children boiled, cooled water mixed with a sachet of rehydration solution.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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