Kids and Stomach Aches: When to Call the Doctor

Stomach aches can be a tricky thing. They can have multiple causes, including infection, inflammation, constipation, irritation, food allergy, reproductive problems, anatomical problems (like Crohn’s disease), and emotional causes (like depression), to name a few. They’re also indicative of an internal problem that can be difficult to diagnose without a doctor’s tests.

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Your child’s belly ache could signify a serious health issue. Be aware of what to look for.

That last trait makes belly aches the perfect cover for a child who wants to fake illness to get out of school. But if you suspect your little one really is in pain, it’s important not to disregard his belly ache and assume it’ll blow over.

Here are signs that a stomach ache requires the attention of a doctor:

  • The pain is very strong.
  • The pain is accompanied by a lot of vomiting.
  • Your child has a preexisting condition.
  • The pain gets worse over time.
  • The pain persists over time.
  • The pain wakes your child up in the middle of the night.

If you or your little one has stomach pain that meets any of the criteria above, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. To find a trusted doctor near you, use the Vitals Doctor Finder (