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Abdominal pain self care

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If your abdominal pain is mild, and there are no other problems like bleeding, fever or vomiting, you can do plenty to look after yourself and ease the pain and discomfort.

You can stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of clear non-alcoholic fluids. If you have a medical condition which restricts your fluid intake, check with your doctor about how much fluid you can have.

Warmth often helps abdominal pain. So keeping warm, and using a heat pack or hot water bottle safely, may ease the pain.

Eat small meals and mild foods such as rice, dry toast or bananas. Avoid spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine until 48 hours after the pain has gone away.

There are a number of medicines which can help, including:

  • paracetamol to ease pain (you should get medical advice before using other painkillers for abdominal pain)
  • charcoal tablets or similar for wind pain
  • medicines to ease spasms
  • medicines to stop diarrhoea.

Avoid aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen and naproxen as these can irritate your stomach.

You could talk to a pharmacist or call healthdirect on 1800 022 022 about this.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about your abdominal pain, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

Last reviewed: July 2017

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