A new book intended as a comprehensive resource for understanding and responding to chronic pain in children has been released by a husband and wife team of pediatricians. Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, is director of the UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program, and her husband Paul Zeltzer, MD, was the recipient of the 2012 Southern California Pain Initiative Award. Together, they also founded the WholeChildLA Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support for complementary therapies for children with chronic pain. The new book, published last month by Shilysca Press, is “Pain in Children and Young Adults: The Journey Back to Normal. Two Pediatricians Mind-Body Guide for Parents.” It explores specific pain conditions including migraine, sports injuries, and irritable bowel syndrome, and it details physical, psychological, behavioral, and mind-body therapies that can assist parents in caring for a child with chronic pain.
Coauthor Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, observed that a variety of myths complicate the recognition and response to pediatric pain, including the belief that the child’s pain complaints are motivated by attention-seeking, or that young patients will recover on their own. She urges parents to take pain complaints seriously, to listen and ask questions, and to seek referral to specialists when necessary. She describes the goal of an integrated mind-body approach to pain treatment as one of “reprogramming” the biopsychosocial contributors that have caused the child’s pain to become chronic.
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