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What causes recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) in children?

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RAP is if you have at least 3 stomachaches over 3 months, and they’re severe enough to keep you from doing everyday activities. Children may get for RAP for many reasons, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trouble digesting the sugar in milk products, called lactose intolerance
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Abdominal migraines (stomach pain that comes back a lot without a known cause)

SOURCES:

University of Michigan: “Abdominal Pain and Recurrent or Functional Abdominal Pain (RAP or FAP.)”

Mayo Clinic: “Abdominal Pain,” “Colonoscopy.”

Merck Manual: “Chronic and Recurring Abdominal Pain.”

Current Psychiatry: “8 steps to manage recurrent abdominal pain.”

NHS: “Stomach ache and abdominal pain.”

About Kids Health/The Hospital for Sick Children: “Recurrent Abdominal Pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 30, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Michigan: “Abdominal Pain and Recurrent or Functional Abdominal Pain (RAP or FAP.)”

Mayo Clinic: “Abdominal Pain,” “Colonoscopy.”

Merck Manual: “Chronic and Recurring Abdominal Pain.”

Current Psychiatry: “8 steps to manage recurrent abdominal pain.”

NHS: “Stomach ache and abdominal pain.”

About Kids Health/The Hospital for Sick Children: “Recurrent Abdominal Pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 30, 2019

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