Recurrent Abdominal Pain Syndrome, Child

ExitCare ImageRecurrent abdominal pain syndrome is a common cause of repeated belly (abdominal) pain in otherwise healthy children. Most children get better with time.


  • Your child's doctor may suggest writing down:

  • When the pain comes.

  • How long it lasts.

  • What helps.

  • Where the pain is located.

  • Your child should go to school even if the pain is present.

  • Only give your child medicine as told by their doctor.

  • If the pain is bad, try counseling or relaxation therapy.

  • Try distracting your child with toys, books, or games.

  • Gently rub your child's belly.

  • Check with your child or their school for stresses such as teasing or bullying.

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  • Your child throws up (vomits) red blood or material that looks like coffee grounds.

  • There is blood in your child's poop (red, dark red, or black poop).

  • Your child has a puffy (swollen) belly or is bloated.

  • Your child has pain and tenderness in one part of the belly.

  • Your child looks pale, tired, or disoriented during or after the pain.

  • Your child has a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • Your child is peeing (urinating) a lot or has pain when peeing.

  • The pain is located in one place (other than the belly button).

  • Your child has watery poop (diarrhea) or cannot poop (constipated).

  • Your child feels sick to his or her stomach (nauseous) or throws up.

  • Your child loses weight.

  • The pain gets worse or happens more often.

  • The pain wakes your child up at night.

  • The pain comes with eating.

  • Your child gets heartburn.

  • Pain is relieved by pooping.

  • Your child keeps burping.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your child's condition.

  • Will get help right away if your child is not doing well or get worse.