How to Cure a Child's Stomach Ache


When it comes to children and stomach aches, some may question if the child's stomach really does hurt. If your child is under 12, the answer to that question is typically, yes. Tummy trouble can result from indigestion, constipation or even a nervous upset stomach.

  • Apply heat. For infants, place a hot water bottle on your knees and lay the baby tummy side down on the bottle. Older children can use heating pads set on low heat. Parents should always be present when a child is using a heating pad.

  • Change your child's diet. For 24 hours, put them on clear liquids only, such as ginger ale, water, broth and Gatorade.

  • Give your child acetaminophen to help relieve the pain. Follow dosing instructions on the label for your child's weight and age.

  • Massage your child's tummy troubles away. You can often relieve stomach aches due to gas, constipation or colic using this method. Gently massage in a circular, clockwise motion, following the path of the digestive system.

  • Cuddle together. A stress related belly ache can subside with time spent together cuddling.

  • Make warm lemon tea with a few drops of honey. Give the warm tea to your child to help relax the stomach muscles.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many people think of appendicitis when a child complains of a stomach ache. However, a child with appendicitis won't be walking around saying his tummy hurts--the child is usually in severe pain.
  • Go to the doctor immediately if your child can't walk or is in severe pain.
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