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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.
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.
“An important, compassionate book...”
-Deepak Chopra, author of Fire in the Heart
“Parents! If you hava child in pain, read this book. There is hope.”
-James Campbell, M.D., Professor of Jeurological Surgery and Director, Blaustein Pain Treatment Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Founder and President, American Pain Foundation; Past President, American Pain Society
“...an outstanding book for parents of children and adolescents with chronic pain. I recommend it highly.”
-Charles Berde, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston; Professor of Anaesthesia and Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
“...a valuable and important book that will be appreciated by every family struggling with a child in pain.”
-Neil L. Schechter, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Director, Pain Relief Program, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
“...reassuring and informative. Parents will gain hope when they discover the many available treatment options.”
-Kenneth R. Goldschneider, M.D., F.A.A.P., Director, Division of Pain Management; Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology
“I hope Dr. Zeltzer continues to do subjective research on yoga so that the young generation regains freedom from pain...”
“A wonderful book! Dr. Zeltzer’s approach is loving, respectful, upbeat, and best of all - successful.”
-Laura Schanberg, M.D., Associate Professor, Pediatric Rheumatology, Duke University Medical Center
“...a must-read for any patient with chronic pain.”
-Steven J. Weisman, M.D., Jane B. Pettit Chair in Pain Management, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin; Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
“Now [Dr. Zeltzer’s] wisdom is available to all.”
-Patrick J. McGrath, O.C., Ph.D., F.R.S.C., Canadian Institutes of Health Research Distinguished Scientist; Canada Research Chair; Killam Professor of Psychology and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Dalhousie University
“This is an amazingly caring, competent, and useful book. It opens your mind but also your heart...”
-Vanna Axia, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental Psychology, Child Neuro-psychiatry Specialization School, School of Medicine; Director, Graduate Program in Developmental Psychology, University of Padova, Italy
“All [Dr. Zeltzer’s] work has resulted in real solutions for children and their parents.”
“One of the few [books] for laypeople on chronic pain in children.”
“Informative, practical, and well written.”
-Pediatric Pain Letter