What to do when you can't find the source of a child's pain

Physical symptoms in children don’t always align with an identifiable cause. So how do you treat them?

Up to 20% of children who present to healthcare providers do not have an identifiable physical cause for their symptoms.1

Stressed child

Around 10-30% of children report weekly headache, 5-7% report abdominal pain, and up to 50% of adolescents report fatigue, all without a clear cause.1

This presents an additional challenge, along with  those typically seen in paediatric populations due to their age, developmental phase, language skills and sometimes general crankiness.  

Assessment can be challenging as symptoms