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How can I tell if my child's abdominal pain is a sign of a serious illness?

Abdominal pain accompanied by any of the following signs could indicate that the child is suffering from a serious condition or illness:

  • A sudden onset of severe abdominal pain or pain that becomes worse with time
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • Blood in the vomit or stool
  • Bloated or swollen abdomen
  • A change in the child’s level of consciousness, such as drowsiness or confusion
  • Signs of shock

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