Chronic abdominal pain in children is common. It refers to tummy pain that is constant or comes and goes for more than 2 months, and is bad enough to interrupt normal activities.
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The most common causes of chronic tummy pain in children are due to the body's functioning – this is referred to as functional abdominal pain. This means your child may have an increased pain sensitivity in response to the movement of food through the gastrointestinal tract. In most cases, there is no serious underlying disease.
Functional causes include:
- irritable bowel syndrome
- functional dyspepsia
- abdominal migraine
- abdominal wall pain.
Organic causes can be found in some cases but these are less common. These include: