Abdominal Injury (Child)

Your child has had an injury to the belly (abdomen) . This usually happens from a blow to the stomach area. Based on your visit today, your child’s condition does not seem serious. But signs of an internal injury can take time to appear. Therefore, it's important for you to watch for any new symptoms or worsening of your child’s condition.

Home care

  • The healthcare provider may prescribe medicines for pain. Follow the healthcare provider's instructions when giving these medicines to your child. Don't give your child additional or other pain medicine unless you check with your healthcare provider.

  • Comfort your child as needed. Help your child find positions that are more comfortable. 

  • Play music or read to the child to help distract him or her from any pain.

  • Hold your child carefully to avoid placing pressure on the injured area.

  • Follow any instructions about whether or not to give your child food.

  • Watch for signs of shock (see below).

Follow-up care

Follow up as advised with your child's healthcare provider.

Special note to parents

Healthcare providers are trained to recognize injuries like this one in young children as a sign of possible abuse. Several healthcare providers may ask questions about how your child was injured. They are required by law to ask you these questions. This is done for protection of your child. Please try to be patient and not take offense.

When to seek medical advice

Call your child's healthcare provider right away if your child has any of the following

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by the healthcare provider

  • Continuing or worsening abdominal tenderness or pain

  • Abdominal swelling

  • Poor appetite

  • Vomiting

  • Blood in urine (pink to dark red) or stool (dark red or black)

Call 911

Call 911 if any of the following occur:

  • Blood in vomit

  • Weakness, dizziness, or fainting

  • Any signs of shock: pale or bluish coloring, cool skin, listlessness, rapid heartbeat, or rapid shallow breathing

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