When your child is experiencing unexplained, continuous or recurrent abdominal pain, our physicians can help relieve his or her discomfort (and yours) with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatments. While typically tied to a common and easily addressed problem such as gas, food sensitivities, constipation or colic, abdominal pain in kids can sometimes be an indicator of a more serious underlying condition such as inflammatory bowel disease, a stomach ulcer or recurring urinary tract infections. Very rarely, the problem may be tied to a bowel blockage or tumor. It’s important to seek immediate medical evaluation for a child who has abdominal pain that is accompanied by breathing problems, bloody or black stool, a recent abdominal injury, a previously diagnosed medical condition (such as cancer) or rigidity in the pelvic area. It’s also definitely a good idea to see your primary care physician or pediatric gastroenterologist any time that a child with abdominal pain has been vomiting for 12 hours or had diarrhea for more than two days, has a fever over 100.4 degrees F, has lost weight unexpectedly, has a burning sensation while urinating or has lost their appetite for more than two days.