Conquering Your Child's Chronic Pain: A Pediatrician's Guide for Reclaiming a Normal Childhood

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Harper Collins, Jan 18, 2005 - Medical - 320 pages
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From a renowned expert in the field, a parent's guide to managing their child's chronic pain—to give back normal life to the 1 in 5 children for whom pain is a serious problem. A child's chronic pain undermines school performance and social and emotional health, erodes finances, and devastates the family.

This book reveals what parents can do to alleviate their child's pain on a daily basis. Dr. Zeltzer's clinic is renowned for treatment of pediatric pain stemming from headaches, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome; fibromyalgia, and more, via a multidisciplinary approach including specialists in psychiatry, hypnotherapy, yoga, acupuncture, biofeedback, and others. Based on more than 30 years study, Dr. Zeltzer offers ways to take control of the pain and ultimately become pain-free. She explains how to tell if the pain has become chronic, soothe the nervous system, reactivate the body's natural pain control mechanisms, which medications are most effective, breathing, muscle relaxation and visualization techniques, how to reduce parents' guilt and much more.

It is never too late to treat pain in children, no matter how long it has lasted, says Dr. Zeltzer. Her book offers help and hope to families desperately in need.

 

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In this much-needed resource on an area troubled by misinformation and ignorance, Zeltzer (Pediatric Pain Program, Mattel Children's Hosp., UCLA) draws on more than 30 years' experience to offer an ... Read full review

Contents

What Is Pain?
17
Diseases and Illnesses Associated with Chronic Pain
37
Chronic Pain Conditions
53
How Children Express Pain and What They Mean
81
Factors That Contribute to Chronic Pain
97
Pervasive Developmental Disorders
119
Medicines for Treating Chronic Pain
139
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
157
Individual and Family Therapy
187
Helping Your Child Cope with Chronic Pain
211
Answers to Parents Questions
239
Appendices
265
Index
289
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Lonnie K. Zeltzer, M.D., is director of the Pediatric Pain Program at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA; professor of pediatrics, anesthesiology, and psychiatry at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and medical director of the Trinity KidsCare Pediatric Hospice. She lives in Encino, California.

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