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Your child has been seen in the Children’s Emergency Department (CED) with abdominal pain (tummy or stomach ache). We have assessed them and think they are well enough to go home.
Most cases of abdominal pain are not serious and children usually get better quickly without any treatment. For example, abdominal pain lasting less than four hours or relieved by simple painkillers (for example paracetamol).
Sometimes children are sent home without having a clear cause of their pain to see if the symptoms improve on their own. This will only happen if we are certain that this is safe for your child, and we will always ask you to bring your child back to hospital if they get worse, not better
If your child is:
You can continue to care for them at home using the advice provided.
The Tumbler Test
Do the Tumbler Test (also known as the glass test) if your child has a rash. Press a glass tumbler firmly against the rash. If you can see the spots through the glass and they do not fade this is called a non-blanching rash which could be a sign of a serious infection. If this rash is present your child needs to be seen urgently.
The rash is harder to see on dark skin so check paler areas, such as palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and tummy.
If your child:
Your child should see a nurse or doctor today. Please ring your child’s GP surgery, call NHS 111,
or bring them back to the CED if that is what you have been advised.
If your child:
Phone 999 for an ambulance or go straight to the nearest Emergency Department.
Get further support from:
Brighton walk-in centre / GP service: Practice Plus
Phone: 0300 130 3333
Open 8am till 8pm on 7 days a week including bank holidays.
For Out of Hours GP Service ring NHS 111
Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital
Phone: 01273 696955 Ext. 2593
Children’s Emergency Department
Please be aware that CED staff will not be able to give you medical advice for your baby over the phone but can direct you to an appropriate service to assist with your enquiry.
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: February 2021
Review Date: November 2023