Frequent abdominal pain is belly pain that occurs at least 3 times over 3 months. Sometimes the pain is linked to foods your child eats. But most of the time the pain cannot be explained.
Sometimes the pain is so bad that your child cannot do his or her normal activities. Stress, anger, or excitement can make the pain worse. Your doctor may use the words "functional abdominal pain syndrome" or "recurrent abdominal pain" to describe the problem.
It can be hard when your child is in pain and the doctor can find no cause, even when tests are done. Even if you cannot make the pain go away, there are some things you can do to help your child manage it.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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