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Stomach ache

Most stomach aches aren’t anything serious and will go away after a few days.

Treating stomach ache at home

Speak to your pharmacist about medicine to help with:

  • feeling bloated (trapped wind)
  • indigestion (burning pain after eating, maybe bringing up food)
  • constipation (can’t poo)

There are also things you can do yourself to help ease indigestion and constipation

If you have vomiting and diarrhoea with your stomach ache, it should stop after a few days. Try to drink a lot of fluids to avoid dehydration.

Painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen can help with your stomach ache but won’t stop any vomiting and diarrhoea.

Find out more about treating vomiting and diarrhoea.

See your GP

  • if the pain gets much worse in a short space of time
  • if the pain or bloating won’t go away or keeps coming back
  • if you have other symptoms like weight loss or vomiting
  • if there’s a change in how often you pee
  • if you have pain when you pee
  • if you have unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • if you bleed from your bottom
  • if your diarrhoea lasts longer than a few days

Call 999 or go to A&E if you:

  • have sudden, severe stomach pain
  • have pain when you touch your stomach
  • are vomiting blood or a ground coffee like substance
  • have bloody or black, sticky poo
  • have collapsed
  • can’t breathe
  • unable to pee
  • are diabetic and vomiting

Still not sure what to do?

If you need help deciding what to do next, call 111.