Thursday, July 2, 2015

One Who Has a Stomachache on Shabbat

One Who Has a Stomachache on Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: July 2, 2015
Parshat: Balak
Yalkut Yosef: 328

A person with a stomachache who is still able to walk around and is more or less okay may not take anything to relieve the pain on Shabbat. It is permissible however for him to put a hot water bottle on his stomach and try to relieve the pain that way. If he's in pain to the point that he thinks he may have an appendicitis or an ulcer Shabbat must be broken to help him since those can become life threatening situations. A person with a bad stomachache may take a shot of arak or whiskey or drink tea with honey, lemon, ginger etc to try to relieve the pain since even fully healthy people drink such things. However if after trying that the pain doesn't go away a doctor should be consulted, even by breaking Shabbat if necessary, since it can be something more serious. When it comes to children under nine one should consult with a doctor right away since it can be a more serious issue.

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