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When to Take Your Child to the ER for Abdominal Pain

Most children experience abdominal pain at one time or another. In some circumstances, this pain can be a simple reaction to food and activity or a symptom of stomach flu or food poisoning. In other cases, stomach pain can indicate a larger issue. It is important for parents to be able to recognize the symptoms that may indicate that a child’s pain is severe enough to require an emergency department visit. 

Consider the following guidelines to determine if emergency care is necessary.
 

If Your Child Has These Symptoms, Emergency Care May Be Necessary
Seek pediatric ER treatment if the abdominal pain meets the following parameters: 

  • The child is inconsolable
  • Pain is severe and unrelenting
  • The abdomen is tender to the touch or pain radiates to your child’s back 

Your child may need emergency care if his or her stomach pain is accompanied by the following symptoms: 

  • Fever
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Significant or bloody diarrhea
  • The child is difficult to rouse and has no interest in eating or drinking
  • Seizures or fainting
  • Distended abdomen 

HealthONE has five pediatric emergency departments in the Denver metro area, so you are certain to find an ER that is close to home and able to diagnose and treat your child’s abdominal pain. Our hospitals strive to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality emergency medical care.

Text 'ER' to 23000 for the Nearest ER and Average ER Wait Times
No matter where you are in the Denver area, simply text ER to 23000 and we will text you back with the nearest Pediatric ER and the average wait time. Message and data rates may apply.

Visit www.rockymountainhospitalforchildren.com for more information.

 

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