CHOC Children’s is one of the few pediatric centers in the nation that offers neuromodulation treatment for kids suffering from functional abdominal pain and nausea. Neuromodulation treatment is an integrative approach that does not use medication or narcotics to alleviate abdominal pain and nausea.
The treatment uses a small device, called an IB-Stim, placed on the patient’s ear that delivers small amounts of electrical impulses to nerve branches in the ear, resulting in decreased pain and nausea. Ears have important nerve endings from the vagus and trigeminal nerves that in turn communicate with the sensory and emotional centers of the brain.
The IB-Stim device is placed once a week for four consecutive weeks, and remains on the patient’s ear for at least five days.