Some forms of abdominal pain are not preventable, but the risk of developing the pain can be minimized by doing the following:
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Drink water frequently.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat smaller meals.
- If you have an intestinal disorder, such as Crohn’s disease, follow the diet given to you by your doctor to minimize discomfort.
- If you have GERD, don’t eat within two hours of bedtime.
- Lying down immediately after eating may cause heartburn and abdominal pain so try to wait at least two hours after eating before lying down.
Treating abdominal pain depends on its cause.
Range of treatments can be from medications for inflammation, GERD or ulcers, to antibiotics for infections, to changes in personal behaviour for abdominal pain caused by certain foods or beverages. Surgery may be necessary in some cases, such as hernia and appendicitis.