Hesperian Health Guides
Abdomen Injuries and Wounds
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If the belly has suffered a blow, such as from a hard fall, vehicle accident, or getting hit or kicked, look for bruises which are signs of bleeding trapped in the body. Too much bleeding inside the body can lead to shock. Also watch for these signs of serious injury to the abdomen:
- Severe pain
- Belly hard like a board, or growing larger
- Signs of blood loss: feeling faint, growing pale, fast pulse
An object sticking out of the body
For an object sticking out of the abdomen, it is usually safest to leave it in and get help. Even if help is days away, do not pull out the object. Secure it in place with bandages or fabric.