Gastroenterology clinic

Recurrent abdominal pain in children

Jacinta Tobin



While an organic cause of recurrent abdominal pain will not be identified in many patients, an explanation that can lead to resolution will usually be found.

Article Extract

  • Recurrent abdominal pain in children is a complex biopsychosocial problem and requires time – make sure you allocate at least 30 minutes for a consultation.
  • There is often a hidden agenda, such as a family history of bowel cancer, a past history of serious illness in a parent or sibling, postnatal depression, marital discord or a major life event.
  • As the child’s family physician, you have an advantage in already knowing the family’s culture and what they value and what they worry about.