Many school children complain about recurrent abdominal pain. These children have diminished quality of life, increased school absence and functional disability. Despite the high prevalence and well-documented consequences for patients, their families and society, there is a remarkable lack of evidence-based treatments available. Hypnotherapeutic treatment (HT) has shown promising results. In this review we discuss current research on HT of these patients. In conclusion, further studies are needed to confirm the effect of HT on functional abdominal pain disorder and to optimise the treatment format.