Dietary interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood

Authors: Newlove-Delgado TV, Martin AE, Abbott RA, Bethel A, Thompson-Coon J, Whear R, Logan S.

Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD010972. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010972.pub2.

Recurrent abdominal pain (RAP), including children with irritable bowel syndrome, is a common problem affecting between 4% and 25% of school-aged children. For the majority of such children, no organic cause for their pain can be found on physical examination or investigation. Many dietary inventions have been suggested to improve the symptoms of RAP. These may involve either excluding ingredients from the diet or adding supplements such as fibre or probiotics.

This is an update of the original Cochrane review, last published in 2009 (Huertas-Ceballos 2009).

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