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How is abdominal pain in children treated?

The type of treatment offered will depend on what is causing your child's abdominal pain. Most cases of gastroenteritis will receive no medical treatment, just bed rest and sips of water. Bacterial infections are usually treated with antibiotics, and viral infections are treated with antivirals. If your child has appendicitis, bowel obstruction, intussusception (where part of the intestine 'telescopes' into another part) or has eaten something that has perforated (cut) the bowel or become stuck in it, they will be admitted for surgery.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 22 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Appendicitis


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