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What causes abdominal pain in children?

Abdominal (tummy) pain in children can be due to a number of causes such as constipation, gastroenteritis, stress, food poisoning, food allergies, overeating and eating non-food items. There are also some serious causes of abdominal pain, such as appendicitis or bowel obstruction, which require immediate surgery. Many cases of recurring tummy pain do not appear to have any cause and will resolve themselves within a few hours.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 22 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Appendicitis

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