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Functional Abdominal Pain

A child with functional abdominal pain has recurrent abdominal pain without a known cause. That doesn’t mean that the child’s illness is “all in their head.” Many children with functional abdominal pain have a family history of digestive problems. 

The abdominal pain:

  • May be difficult to describe or locate
  • May occur with nausea, dizziness, headache, or fatigue
  • May be triggered by stress or anxiety
  • Usually doesn’t relate to meals or bowel movements
  • Often doesn’t interfere with growth or weight
  • Is not associated with fever, rash, joint pain, or swelling

Conventional treatment of functional abdominal pain can include relaxation techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis, biofeedback, and psychotherapy. Treatment can also involve a two-week trial of a lactose-free, high-fiber, or a low fermentable sugar diet. Sometimes medications are prescribed.

“It was frustrating seeing our daughter struggle with stomach pain and sleep. I appreciate how Dr. Sue guided and supported us with a step-by-step plan. I realized it was working when our daughter was sleeping through the night and not complaining about her stomach hurting every morning! Our life is more peaceful now.” – Jamie Brown

To help your child living with recurrent abdominal pain achieve health naturally,


Pediatric Holistic Medicine
2350 Washtenaw Ave #16,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 224-9663

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