There seems to be no symptoms that requires urgent attention. It appears sufficient to monitor the situation at home, and take your child to the hospital during regular hours.

Child’s Symptoms

However, if symptoms change, please visit an emergency clinic. During holidays and New Years break, visit the emergency clinic the next day.

Nursing points for abdominal pain and constipation

  • If you have symptoms other than abdominal pain or constipation

    • A stomach flu is usually accompanied by nausea and fever. The trick is to give only small amount of room temperature electrolyte drinks for babies and refrain from giving formula, milk and meals for about half a day.
    • Asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia often make the stomach hurt.
  • If someone that ate the same thing shows similar symptoms

    • If someone ate the same thing and the same symptoms occurred almost simultaneously, food poisoning may be considered. In this case, it is important to test whether the cause is bacterial before taking medicine (especially for antibiotics). There is no need to panic, but see your doctor as soon as possible.
  • If defecation is infrequent and stool is hard and clumpy

    • If complaining of abdominal pain, first check the number of defecations per day and characteristics of the stool. If there are few symptoms other than abdominal pain, even if your child pooped today, an enema can be effective.
    • Finding blood on the toilet paper after wiping when there is no blood mixed in with the stool may not be considered bloody stool. Often, with hard stool, the anal opening may get cut and a small amount of blood can get deposited on the surface of the stool. If it is after hospital hours, it may be sufficient to wash it clean with warm water. You can visit a doctor during regular hospital hours.
    • If you observe blood or pus in diarrhea-like stool, you should go to the hospital as soon as possible.

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