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Functional abdominal pain disorders are the most common cause of chronic abdominal pain in children and adolescents.
Listen to our pediatric gastroenterologist discuss functional abdominal pain
In today’s episode, we talk with Jaime Belkind-Gerson, MD, to unpack the presentation, diagnosis and management of functional abdominal pain from the primary care perspective.
Dr. Belkind-Gerson is Director of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is also an Associate Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
In this episode, our expert discusses:
The staggering numbers of persistent or chronic abdominal pain in pediatric patients
Red flag symptoms to distinguish between functional abdominal pain and abdominal pain caused by an organic problem
The best approach for discussing functional abdominal pain with families and next steps for treatment
Evidence-based strategies for families dealing with a case of functional abdominal pain
The importance of follow-up and addressing behavioral issues in patients with functional abdominal pain
Concrete examples of the brain-gut connection
Understanding that managing family dynamics, supporting kids and managing their life stressors i are important ways of managing functional abdominal pain
The importance of teaching children appropriate coping mechanisms and strategies to deal with functional abdominal pain
Treatment of functional abdominal pain at Children’s Colorado
At the Digestive Health Institute, our physicians provide consultation to community physicians for many common childhood GI problems, including complex and rare disorders. Our physicians are nationally recognized for their expertise and innovation and are skilled in the most up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for kids. They work closely with primary care providers to provide a timely evaluation and diagnosis and initiate the appropriate treatment plan.
Experts in our Neurogastroenterology and Motility Program care for kids and teens with complex motility and sensory disorders of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract. See how we treat chronic and challenging digestive conditions.
As one of the nation's leading pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition programs, the faculty and staff at the Digestive Health Institute are committed to advancing knowledge and clinical care in order to improve the digestive health of our patients.