(HealthDay News) — Stomach cramps typically refer to abdominal pain or discomfort between your chest and groin. Causes range from constipation to food intolerance, says the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

To help ease mild stomach cramps at home, Mount Sinai suggests:

  • Sip water or other clear fluids.
  • Only drink sports drinks in small amounts.
  • Avoid solid food for the first few hours.
  • If you’ve been vomiting, wait six hours and then eat small amounts of mild foods, such as crackers.
  • Do not take any medicine without talking to your doctor.

Call your doctor if stomach cramps are accompanied by other symptoms, such as persistent bloating, diarrhea, weight loss or fever.