Stomach Ache or Gastroenteritis?

All kids get stomach aches. It can easily occur when they eat something they don’t like or if they are upset about something and their belly starts to hurt. 

Does my child have gastroenteritis?
Gastroenteritis is much more significant than just a belly ache. This type of stomach bug causes:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain

In most cases, these viruses are gone within a few days of arriving. You treat the symptoms and rest and they go away. 

The biggest issue for kids, especially young ones, is to avoid dehydration. Give your child regular fluids to keep them hydrated. However, if your child takes in too many fluids at one time, they are likely going to struggle to keep them down. Small, regular amounts of fluids every 15 to 20 minutes can help to avoid dehydration.

24/7 Pediatric Care Centers are Jacksonville pediatricians, Jacksonville Beach pediatricians, and Fleming Island pediatricians providing care for children from newborn to 18 years. Our 24-hour office also provides services for non-life-threatening illnesses to registered patients 24 hours a day.

24/7 Pediatric Care Centers is not a substitute for Emergency or Trauma-related medical care.
If you feel your child is experiencing a life-threatening event, immediately call 911.