Abdominal Pain

We’ve all suffered some form of abdominal pain. Causes can range from gas and indigestion to more serious ailments like appendicitis. Obviously, knowing you have abdominal pain is easy, finding the cause is much more difficult since it could involve so many different organs or ailments. This is especially true in children. They may complain of a “tummy ache,” but can indicate any number of physical or emotional issues. There could be a blockage, a viral or bacterial infection, food poisoning, food allergies or reactions, insect bites, appendicitis, but it can also arise from anxiety or stress.


  • Stabbing pain
  • Cramping or a dull ache in the abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme discomfort
  • Restlessness
  • Fever (occasionally)
  • In children: pale appearance, refusal to eat, drink, or play

The following symptoms can indicate specific ailments:

  • Vague pain spanning from middle of belly to right hip: appendicitis
  • Groin pain: blood supply issue in testicles or ovaries
  • Urinary problems: infection
  • Diarrhea: virus