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Children and Young People

Treating the Symptoms
Obtaining a diagnosis is probably very welcome as it does provide some of the answers. However, it may also be very disturbing, because you will have learned that the child has to deal with this condition or many years. So how do you help a child live with this condition?

Treatment will be carefully worked out for the individual child, as certain medication may be effective for one child but may make another feel worse. The dosage of medication for a child will be small and should be monitored carefully. To ease pain and promote sleep, anti-depressant drugs are sometimes prescribed, but in doses that are much smaller than those used to treat depression. Where other health problems are evident, a combination of medication may be prescribed.

Always discuss the success or failure of medication with a doctor.Rest is also an effective treatment for chronic pain and fatigue and can help the body use its resources to fight illness. However, too much rest can mean that the body becomes de-conditioned, and even more pain and fatigue can result.

One of the most important aspects of rest is a good sleep pattern. This means establishing a bed-time routine with the same events at the same time each night. For a younger child this could mean a bath, snack, brushing their teeth; a story or a chat, and lights out in the same order every night. For older children the routine may be different, but it should still be the same every night.

Daily exercise is recommended at a level that does not aggravate the symptoms unduly, either at the time or the next day. As fitness improves, the exercise can be increased. Physiotherapy is often used in fibromyalgia to help maintain muscle tone.A physiotherapist can help by teaching both muscle stretching and relaxation techniques, and can also correct bad posture so that back pain does not worsen through fatigue related to posture habits. A very gentle massage can also help to relieve morning pain and stiffness.




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