Childrens Stomachaches

Friday, August 20, 2010

Children who often get tummy aches may get more relief when they learn to use their imagination to feel better. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about a study that looked at guided imagery in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina found that more children with chronic stomachaches improved when their treatment included guided imagery as well as standard medical care.

The study included 34 children ages 6 to 15, all of whom had abdominal pain with no clear medical explanation.

Some of the children also got an instructional DVD and CDs that contained guided imagery exercises.

The children used the CDs for eight weeks. At the end of the eight-week period, 63 percent of the children who had received the guided imagery CDs had had their stomach pain ease by at least half, compared to about 27 percent of children who had only gotten standard medical care.

In another group that received the CDs two months later, 61 percent had at least a 50 percent improvement in their stomach pain.

Six months later, about 62 percent of the kids who had responded to the guided imagery treatment were still doing well.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.