Recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) in children

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Learn the signs and causes of recurrent abdominal pain and when to get medical help.

Key points

  • Recurrent abdominal pain may be "functional abdominal pain", in which case there is no known cause, or it may be due to a specific underlying problem.
  • Functional abdominal pain is common in children.
  • See your child's doctor if your child has other concerning symptoms in addition to the abdominal pain.
  • If the abdominal pain keeps coming back, but there are no other concerning symptoms, keep a written diary to track the abdominal pain and bring it with you when you go to see your child's doctor.
Last updated: March 9th 2021