How to Soothe a Child’s Stomach Ache

Medically Reviewed on 6/18/2021
how to soothe a child's stomach ache
If your kid complains of tummy pain, you may be able to help them with some home remedies

Stomach aches are common in children. Whether it’s from indigestion, constipation, or even a viral infection, most stomach aches in kids are not serious and symptoms will usually resolve on their own.

You can try soothing your child’s stomach ache with one of these home remedies:

  • Make your child lie face down and let them rest until their stomach pain resolves.
  • Apply a warm compress or heating pad on their stomach.
  • If the stomach ache is caused by spicy food, try giving them vanilla ice cream.
  • If the stomach ache is caused by constipation, try giving them yogurt.
  • Give them sips of warm water to drink.
  • Avoid carbonated, caffeinated, fatty, or sweetened liquids, such as sodas, tea, coffee, milk, and sports drinks.
  • If your child asks for a soft drink, choose one without caffeine. Shake the fizz out before serving.
  • Initially, put your child on a liquid diet. Offer them clear fluids, such as water, fruit juices mixed with water, ginger ale, or a simple broth.
  • As pain starts to go away, you can introduce bland foods to your child’s diet, such as plain bread, dry toast, rice, banana, and saltine crackers.
  • Encourage them to go to the bathroom for bowel movements.
  • Fennel seed and simethicone drops may be available over-the-counter. You can try giving your child these drops in a recommended dose.
  • Do not give your child pain medications without asking your child’s pediatrician first.

If your child often suffers from indigestion and stomach pain frequently, they may have intolerance or allergy to certain foods. Keeping a food diary can help you determine which foods may be triggering your child’s stomach aches.

When to see a doctor for your child’s stomach ache

As you try these home treatments for your child, you should also monitor them to see whether they are helping. 

Mild stomach aches will usually go away pretty quickly, but be careful not to ignore other serious symptoms that may accompany stomach pain. Contact your child’s doctor right away in the cases of:

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Medically Reviewed on 6/18/2021
References
Neuman MI. Causes of Acute Abdominal Pain in Children and Adolescents. UpToDate. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/causes-of-acute-abdominal-pain-in-children-and-adolescents