What are the signs and symptoms of functional abdominal pain?
The most common symptom is intermittent abdominal pain that occurs for at least three months. The description of the pain varies. Although it is usually located near the belly button, it can be anywhere.
The pain may be very severe, causing a child to look pale, become sweaty, cry and double over. It may be so severe that the child cannot attend school. The pain may be sharp, dull or crampy and can last minutes to hours. The pain occurs either at day or night, and the relationship to eating is unpredictable. In fact, one of the most consistent characteristics of functional abdominal pain is its inconsistency.