Why should you care?
Chronic abdominal pain is a common problem that affects up to 20 percent of all school-aged children and teens. Despite how many youth struggle with abdominal pain, there is no clear agreement among medical professionals about how best to manage it.
A multidisciplinary approach
In the Abdominal Pain Program (APP) at Children's Mercy, we use a multidisciplinary approach that involves initial evaluation and follow-up by a team of professionals, including a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric psychologist and, occasionally, biofeedback therapists, dietitians, and other health professionals. Using this model, we take into account the many factors (biological, psychological, and social) that we believe can contribute to abdominal pain in children.
Who is impacted?
Everyone who experiences, lives with, and/or cares for a child with chronic abdominal pain is affected by it. We know that some kids suffer emotional and social difficulties as a result of their physical symptoms. These can complicate their treatment course and greatly affect their quality of life, as well as the quality of life of those who care for them. Without proper treatment, we know that abdominal pain and the related consequences don't get better on their own.