Abdominal pain (peds)

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This page is for pediatric patients. For adult patients, see: abdominal pain, abdominal pain in pregnancy, and/or abdominal pain (geriatrics)


  • Bilious emesis is a surgical emergency until proven otherwise

Clinical Features

Side-by-side comparison of quadrants and regions.
Chart of commonly reported referred pain sites.

Differential Diagnosis

Pediatric Abdominal Pain

0–3 Months Old

3 mo–3 y old

3 y old–adolescence


Depends on location and history


  • Based on diagnosis


  • Depends on underlying etiology
    • If symptoms are fully resolved and the patient has a benign abdominal exam, most patients go home with return precautions
    • In general, unclear cases with continued pain should NOT be discharged home

See Also