A considered approach to diagnosing and investigating recurrent abdominal pain in a child is essential within the confines of a relatively brief GP consultation.
Catherine, who is 8 years of age, has recurring abdominal pain. Each episode lasts for two to three hours and occurs about three times per week, usually during the day. She is growing normally, her appetite is good and there has been no weight loss. The pain does not seem to be related to meals. It is central and does not radiate.