Therapy may ease children's stomach aches

How do you respond when your child complains of a stomach ache? A new study suggests talk therapy could relieve frequent tummy troubles.

Reuters reports:

More than half of kids and teenagers who met weekly with a therapist had their stomach aches lessen or go away within a year. A similar proportion improved after regular appointments with a pediatrician, researchers found.

A few trials have found cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT, may be useful in those cases.

"There's an accumulating body of evidence to suggest that it is effective," Paul Robins, a pediatric psychologist from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said.

"What we're teaching kids are techniques that help regulate affect and help regulate stress reactions and help them cope with pain, as well as help them return to their normal activities," he told Reuters Health.

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