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Abdominal Pain

Pediatric Gastroenterologists located in Midwood, Brooklyn and Elmhurst, NY
Abdominal Pain
Abdominal Pain services offered in Midwood, Brooklyn and Elmhurst, NY

Abdominal pain is a common symptom in children, with around one-third of kids seeing a doctor for this symptom by age 15. At the pediatric gastroenterology practice of Israel Kochin M.D., you find compassionate kid-friendly care for abdominal pain. Dr. Kochin can get to the root of your child’s discomfort and give you solutions that help you both feel better. Call the nearest office in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, or the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York, or book an appointment online today.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What is abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain refers to any discomfort in the belly. The pain can range from fairly mild cramping to a constant ache or sharp stabbing pains, and your child’s abdominal pain may change over time. Most of the time, abdominal pain only lasts for a short time.

When should my child see the doctor for abdominal pain?

In many cases, abdominal pain is just a mild case of indigestion. Many children feel better after having a bowel movement, resting, or engaging in a fun activity to distract them. 

But, if abdominal pain persists or seems more severe than an ordinary tummy ache, it’s time to schedule a visit with Dr. Kochin. 

Some children experience other symptoms alongside abdominal pain, including diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, and nausea. While those symptoms don’t necessarily indicate a serious issue, they do warrant a checkup with Dr. Kochin.

How is the cause of abdominal pain diagnosed in children?

Dr. Kochin considers your child’s medical history and symptoms to determine possible causes. It’s helpful if you keep track of your child’s abdominal pain patterns, like noting when it happens, their emotional state, and what your child ate recently when the pain starts. 

Based on symptom discussion and medical history, Dr. Kochin can diagnose some conditions, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 

But, if your child has issues that might indicate ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, or other diseases, your child might need a diagnostic outpatient procedure like an upper endoscopy or colonoscopy. 

Abdominal pain can also occur with appendicitis, pancreatitis, and gallstones. Your child might need blood or imaging tests to detect or rule out these conditions.

How is abdominal pain treated in children?

Abdominal pain treatment depends on the specific cause of your child’s pain. Dr. Kochin treats all types of gastrointestinal conditions using the most evidence-based approaches. He considers biological, emotional, and social factors to determine the ideal treatment for your child.

In many cases, treatment includes lifestyle changes, like diet changes to avoid triggers in irritable bowel syndrome. 

Your child may need medication if their abdominal pain limits their quality of life. Drugs like antispasmodics, neuropathic medications, and muscle relaxants can successfully target and relieve severe symptoms. Some children may improve with behavioral counseling.

For help with your child’s abdominal pain, call the nearest office of Israel Kochin M.D. or book an appointment online today.