Stomach Pains

What are stomach pains in children?

Every child will have an upset stomach at some point. Stomach pain can happen for any number of reasons, and it's usually a short-term discomfort. Children with stomachaches typically grow well and maintain their overall good health.

Unfortunately, chronic stomach pains are also common, with 10 to 15 percent of all school-aged children reporting recurrent aches and pains. Chronic stomach pains can disrupt a child's everyday life and cause them to lose interest in activities they normally enjoys.

With the right treatment, most children with stomach pain continue to grow well and gain weight.

How Boston Children's Hospital treats stomach pains in children

Boston Children’s Hospital has the #1 ranked pediatric gastroenterology division in the nation (U.S. News & World Report). Our team includes the best doctors and clinicians for children. Our expansive care team works together for every patient to provide individualized treatment plans and access to more specialized care than any other hospital.

To best understand the root of your child's stomach pain, a member of Boston Children's Hospital's Division of Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition will take a careful history of how and when your child's pain started, the type of pain your child is experiencing and ask how it progressed over time. 

We may perform blood, urine and stool tests to rule out specific medical conditions associated with recurrent pain. We’ll also ask if your child has any history of food intolerances. We only perform more in-depth tests, such as x-rays or endoscopy, if your child's medical history, exam or lab tests raise further questions. 

Once we’ve determined a proper diagnosis, the care team will create a treatment plan that’s right for your child and family. With the right treatment, most children with stomach pain continue to grow well and gain weight.


Contact Us to Make an Appointment:

Contact the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Boston Children’s Hospital to make an appointment: 617-355-6058

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