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Abdominal Pain

Abdominal Pain: What is it, causes and when to see a doctor | KKH

Abdominal Pain - What it is

Approximately 20% of children will seek attention for abdominal pain some time during their childhood. The pain could be acute or recurrent in nature and often may be associated with other symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhoea.

Abdominal Pain - Symptoms

Abdominal Pain - How to prevent?

Abdominal Pain - Causes and Risk Factors

The abdominal pain may arise from gastrointestinal causes or non-gastrointestinal causes. Common causes include constipation, infant colic and gastroenteritis. However, some of these children could be suffering from more serious conditions such as obstruction of the intestines, bleeding in the intestines and appendicitis, which need medical attention as soon as possible.

Abdominal Pain - Diagnosis

Abdominal Pain - Treatments

Abdominal Pain - Preparing for surgery

Abdominal Pain - Post-surgery care

Abdominal Pain - Other Information

​Consult your doctor when the following problems arise:

  • Any of the symptoms, e.g. pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, becomes worse within 12 - 24 hours.
  • Pain becomes localised (e.g. in the right lower abdomen as in appendicitis)
  • The pain is severe and lasts more than 1 hour
  • The pain is constant and lasts more than 2 hours
  • Abdomen becomes painful to touch
  • Abdomen becomes distended
  • There is fresh blood in the urine, stools, or vomitus
  • Stools becomes black, sticky, and foul smelling
  • Your child is unable to retain any fluid
  • Your child is lethargic
  • Vomitus is greenish in colour
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