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When should I call a doctor about recurrent abdominal pain (RAP)?

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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. Let your doctor know right away if you or your child has:

For children, you should also call the doctor for:

  • Severe pain
  • Blood in your stool, vomit, or pee
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Nausea that doesn’t go away
  • Yellow-looking skin
  • Swelling in your stomach
  • A belly that’s tender to the touch
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Lots of vomiting
  • Severe diarrhea that doesn’t go away
  • Pain on the right side of the belly

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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