Compassionate Patient- and Family-centered Care
The CHOC Children’s Functional Abdominal Pain Program specializes in working with patients and families to find ways to treat pain-related, functional gastrointestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia and functional abdominal pain syndrome. Our gastroenterologist, dietitian and psychologist team up with patients and their caregivers to assess and diagnose the type and possible cause of pain your child is experiencing. With you and your child’s input, we develop a personalized treatment plan. Our treatment plan is age and developmentally appropriate for your child, and involves educating you and your family on ways to help your child deal with their pain.
Treatments may include:
- Dietary changes
- Natural supplements
- Stress management and relaxation exercises
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Guided imagery and self-hypnosis techniques
- Acupuncture and other alternative medicine modalities.
The Functional Abdominal Pain Program team also collaborates with CHOC’s neurologists, rheumatologists, cardiologists and pain management specialists as needed to ensure that patients receive appropriate and coordinated care. Parents can also work with our social workers in order to connect with resources that can help them and their children cope with school issues that might arise due to the chronic illness.