Your child’s doctor can explain ways to manage pain, such as breathing techniques and relaxation exercises. Some children with functional abdominal pain do well with medications such as acid suppressors, laxatives or anti-spasmodic medicines for pain during bowel movements. These strategies also can help:


  • Avoiding greasy and spicy foods and carbonated drinks
  • Eating slowly
  • Avoiding foods that cause gas, such as beans and cabbage
  • Behavioral therapy to help your child cope with pain


Nearly half of children with functional abdominal pain recover with these treatments in a few weeks to several months. It’s important to stay positive and support your child so they can have a good attitude and heal.