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:


  • Avoid triggering foods whether spicy, citrusy, food that can induce gas such as cabbage, beans or greasy food
  • Eating slowly
  • Medications can be offered to relieve episodes of pain. Some other medications may be offered on daily basis. In some cases, behavioral therapy is warranted


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.