Functional Abdominal Pain Child
Symptoms vary from child to child. Pain may come and go or be steady. It may appear suddenly or slowly get worse over time.
Problems may be:
- Pain near the belly button or anywhere in the belly
- A burning feeling under the breastbone that is not from eating
- A feeling of fullness after a few bites of food
- Pain after bowel movements
The pain will often go away with time. The goal of treatment is to find and manage triggers. The overall goal is to return a child to normal activity. Options are:
Emotions and stress can trigger abdominal pain or make it worse. Therapy can help a child manage stress and better cope with pain.
Medicine may be used to ease symptoms. Options are:
- Acid reducers
- Intestinal muscle relaxers
- Bulk laxatives or medicine to stop diarrhea
- Probiotics to increase healthy bacteria
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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a (Centrally mediated abdominal pain syndrome, CAPS, Visceral hypersensitivity)
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