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What to Do for a Child with Baffling Stomach Aches

26 May

Hi, Belleruth. I'm a psychotherapist, and I have quite a few of your guided imagery CD's that I use with my patients. But this question is personal... my 7 year old daughter has had stomach aches for years. We've had tests run from time to time, but all is well physically.

I would like to buy her a CD from your website to help her with her stomach aches. Most of the ones for kids seem to focus on relaxation. Perhaps that would be enough. I'm wondering which CD you would recommend for her.

Rosalynne

Dear Rosalynne,

Has she been checked out for food allergies as well? (gluten, casein, eggs, nuts... stuff like that?) Absent that, anxiety may be the culprit, in which case, some relaxation CDs could be just the ticket.

It's certainly worth a try, because they'll be good for her under any circumstances, and, diagnostically, they could be useful, because if they do stop the symptoms, then at least you know it's probably stress-related. (Please do have a look at this week's Inspiring Story too, which, oddly enough, also happens to be about a 7-year-old).

I would recommend Betty Mehling's Magic Island for her (one of the same recordings that helped Sam) as well as Charlotte Reznick's Discovering Your Special Place; Ready...Set...Release! by Jeffrey Allen and Roger Klein is another really good one. And of course Roxanne Daleo's work is fabulous, but it may be a little on the young side for her – hard to say – depends on the child.

Hope this helps. Please let me know!

All best,

Belleruth

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award.