Celiac Disease

Five things parents should know about stomachaches


How can you tell if it's a regular tummy ache or something serious? Here's what you need to know.

1. "Stomach flu" isn't really the flu.

Gastroenteritis, which can bring on stomachaches in children, is typically caused by a virus. It usually includes diarrhea with or without vomiting and possibly a low grade fever. It will run its course in three to five days without a need for a doctor's help. Be sure to have your child drink plenty of fluids.

A trip to the doctor, or possibly the emergency room, is in order if there is blood in the stool or vomit, if your child's symptoms last...