Studies evaluating the efficacy of treatments for recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) in children have used a wide range of methods
Researchers from the United States collected baseline data on child and parent reports of abdominal pain frequency and intensity, type of pain, missed activities, psychological factors, parenting styles, and referral source.
|Child and parent pain reports showed good agreement in children younger than 13 years.|
|Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine|
The team found that child and parent pain reports showed good agreement in children younger than 13 years.
Children with nonspecific functional abdominal pain were reported by their parents to have less frequent pain and fewer missed activities, than children with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome or functional dyspepsia.
Drs Thomas Ball and Joy Weydert concluded, "The subtype of functional gastrointestinal disorder might be an important baseline characteristic of subjects in future RAP studies".
"We suggest that future interventional studies of childhood RAP measure 2 outcomes with pain reports obtained directly from children".
"Any child with fewer days of pain and missed activities due to pain after therapy would be considered improved, and those with no missed activities and 4 or fewer days of pain per month at follow-up would be considered healed".