Acute pancreatitis usually goes away quickly, within a week. But it is important to recognize the symptoms early and seek medical care in order to lessen the risk of complications.
The most common symptom of acute pancreatitis is intense upper abdominal pain. This pain usually is much more painful than a typical bellyache. It can be constant, come and go unpredictably, and worsen after eating. A child may describe it as severe, or have trouble standing or sitting upright.
Other symptoms include:
- A swollen, tender belly (abdomen)
- Back pain
- Loss of appetite
- Fast heartbeat
If you suspect your child is experiencing pancreatitis, call your child’s primary care doctor or go to a nearby urgent care center or emergency department for help.