Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older
Most of the time, abdominal pain improves with home treatment and you do not need a visit to a doctor. Specific home treatment for abdominal pain often depends on the symptoms you have along with the pain, such as diarrhea or nausea and vomiting.
If you have mild abdominal pain without other symptoms, try the following:
- Rest until you are feeling better.
- Drink plenty of fluids to prevent Reference dehydration Opens New Window. You may find that taking small, frequent sips of a beverage is easier on your stomach than trying to drink a whole glass at once. Do not drink carbonated or caffeinated drinks, such as soda pop, tea, or coffee.
- Try eating several small meals instead of 2 or 3 large ones. Eat mild foods, such as rice, dry toast or crackers, bananas, and applesauce. Do not eat spicy foods, other fruits, alcohol, and drinks that have caffeine until 48 hours after all symptoms have gone away.
- Do not eat foods that are high in fat. Foods high in fat may increase your abdominal pain.
- Do not use aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen and naproxen. These medicines may irritate your stomach and increase your pain.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Reference Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:
- Pain increases or Reference localizes Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window to one specific area of the abdomen.
- Pain does not improve.
- Other symptoms develop, such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, a fever, or a change in urination.
- Symptoms become more severe or frequent.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 16, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine