Relaxation CDs help cure tummy aches

October 12, 2009 It's estimated that one in five children suffer frequent stomach pain with no known cause, for which traditional treatments may not work.

However, a new study shows children can be taught to imagine away their tummy troubles. A relaxation CD that asked children to imagine themselves in scenarios like floating on a cloud lead to dramatic improvements in abdominal pain.

The report in the journal Pediatrics says the technique, known as guided imagery, works because kids have such vivid imaginations.

The CDs used in the study will be available to healthcare providers in the near future.

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