Thank you for your good wishes. The cause of recurrent abdominal pain in young children is often difficult to diagnose. Originally it was believed that in most cases there was a strong psychological icause, but this view is no longer held. It is now believed that in most cases there is one of 3 possible causes for the complaint;Irritable bowel syndrome, non-ulcer dyspepsia or abdominal migraine. In your daughter's case her symptoms strongly suggest irritable bowel syndrome.Here there is an altered sensation of events taking place during the passage of food through the intestines;children can feel the food going 'round the bends' in the intestine as a result of increased sensitivity of the lining of the intestine.It is worthwhile consulting a paediatric gastroenterologist about your daughter's problem as she needs expert diagnosis and treatment. There are experts in all the main centres in SA.
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