Abdominal Pain

Pain in the abdomen can range from mild discomfort to severe agony. Most causes of abdominal pain are not serious, but more painful discomfort could be a sign of a more serious injury; such as a burst stomach ulcer, appendicitis, hernia, or internal bleeding.

If stomach or abdominal pain in an infant is accompanied by any vomiting, fever, or diarrhea, seek prompt medical advice.  Sometimes pain felt in the abdomen can originate from the lower lungs, kidneys, uterus or ovaries and is called “referred” pain.

Get to an emergency room, or call an ambulance, if abdominal pain is accompanied by:

  • The vomiting of red blood or bloody stools
  • A high temperature or unusual fever that persists for more than 24 hours
  • A rigid or inflexible abdomen, or
  • Signs of shock.

Simple causes of Abdominal Pain that can be remedied or treated at home include excessive gas, constipation, indigestion, excessive fructose or sugar ingestion, heartburn, and food allergies.  Before applying first aid or home remedies, check the history of the pain to rule out recent injury, potential poisoning or an underlying medical condition.  If the cause is still unknown,

  • Help the person into a comfortable position. Give clear fluids to drink and only serve them bland foods.  Try to avoid serving greasy foods, spicy foods, caffeinated drinks, soda or any other carbonated beverages for 48 hours after all symptoms have subsided.
  • When treating a child, encourage them to have a bowel movement.
  • It is important to ask your doctor before giving any medicine for unknown abdominal pain, as drugs can mask or worsen the pain.

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*First aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. It is usually performed by non-expert, but trained personnel to a sick or injured person until definitive medical treatment can be accessed. Certain self-limiting illnesses or minor injuries may not require further medical care past the first aid intervention. It generally consists of a series of simple and in some cases, potentially life-saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with minimal equipment.–Wikipedia 2012

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