Chronic pain is a significant health problem for many children and adolescents, with studies suggesting that as many as 15% to 40% of children suffer from chronic pain.
Chronic pain is puzzling for parents to understand because there is often not a clear diagnosis or treatment plan.
Unfortunately, many families cannot get the help they need because they live too far from children's hospitals with pediatric pain clinics, where most healthcare providers in this specialized area are based.
Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain is a resource for parents to learn how to help their children and families cope with persisting pain using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), an effective intervention to treat children with chronic pain.
With the easy-to-use psychological treatment strategies in this book, parents will have practical instructions in CBT for pain management.
Authors Tonya M. Palermo and Emily F. Law, pediatric psychologists in the field of child and adolescent chronic pain, discuss the scientific foundation for chronic pain, information about the effectiveness of treatments, and several personal stories of parents and their children with chronic pain. They explain instructions for several different interventions including deep breathing, relaxation strategies, and sleep interventions to allow parents to support these skills with their children.
The book concludes with guidance on how to prevent relapse, maintain improvements, and prevent future problems with pain and disability.
The first book of its kind, Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain will empower parents to take a hands-on approach to relieving their child's pain.