Functional Abdominal Pain (FAP): How We Treat

How is functional abdominal pain treated?

Abdominal pain is treated at Children’s Hospital Colorado

If your child’s functional abdominal pain is the result of another underlying digestive disorder, like irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance, pain usually goes away after addressing those conditions.

However, for many children with functional pain, an underlying condition may never be found. Our goal at Children’s Colorado is to help you and your child resume the normal activities of childhood.

Our healthcare providers teach a variety of specific actions for handling pain episodes, such as breathing techniques that can be taught to your child. It is important to prevent the pain from becoming a reason for missing school, changing your child’s social activities or becoming the center of attention at home.

Even when the pain persists, it is reassuring to learn that this is a known condition and that it is not dangerous. Being positive about getting better will send the right signals to your child.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s functional abdominal pain?

Functional abdominal pain is a very common problem but can sometimes be a sign of a more serious gastrointestinal problem. The physicians within the Digestive Health Institute have the expertise and experience to help distinguish which children need a more extensive evaluation.