A Message From Jeff Lazarus, MD:
Welcome. As a parent of a child who is struggling with irritable bowel syndrome, or functional abdominal pain, are you feeling frustrated?
Are you at times annoyed with your child because they are not going to school?
And perhaps even a bit discouraged because they are unable to be with their friends and participate in their favorite activities?
You’re not alone! And neither are they. In fact, between 5% and 20% of kids have IBS. 20% of adults have it as well.
Now, as frustrating and difficult as this is for you as a parent - especially if IBS is new to you - I know from working with hundreds of people just like you over the past 25 years that these feelings are due to the fact that you love your child so much and want them to succeed, so they're able to get back to enjoying a good quality of life.
The good news is, even if you feel like you’ve tried everything... there is a solution to empower your child to not only gain even better control over the IBS symptoms, but also over worry and anxiety at the same time.
When this happens, which could be quicker than you think, they will have even more self-confidence and self-esteem.
So, what can you do to help your child overcome these problems?
This guide contains 3 positive changes you can make today to support your child.
If you have questions or need more help, I invite you to contact me in person using the phone number or email contact on my website below.
Jeffrey E. Lazarus, MD, FAAP is a board certified pediatrician who combines more than 25 years of general pediatrics experience with the use of medical hypnosis and visualization techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy strategies, and powerful motivational tools to help you get results... even if you've tried everything.
After 20 years of experience in treating children, adolescents, and adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional abdominal pain (FAP), functional dyspepsia (FD), abdominal migraine (AM), and cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS)...
I developed the Controlling Your Gut Feelings program, which incorporates three techniques that I have discovered work best to treat these conditions
My driving philosophy is always to discover which treatment works best for each patient, and I have witnessed firsthand how effective these approaches are.
Not only do these treatments help patients manage their anxiety, they are also extremely effective in treating the physical symptoms of these gut-related symptoms, such as:
The combination of tools I share with you helps patients achieve meaningful relief much more quickly than other approaches. That’s why this guide won’t have any of the usual solutions you might be used to seeing. It’s a completely different approach. And it’s an effective one.
This approach has been effective for children with functional abdominal pain. The videos are excellent! Functional abdominal pain is the most common cause of abdominal pain and associated symptoms in children. In the information provided, the child will understand the relationship between the brain and the gut and learn skills to reduce and/or eliminate their symptoms.
—Ken Cox, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Gastroenterology – Emeritus, Former Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Associate Chair of Pediatrics at Stanford University Medical Center
—Kathleen Cox, PNP, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Packard Children’s Health Alliance, Stanford Children’s Health – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
My favorite part of therapy sessions was the calendar of daily worrying and the Magic Dial exercise because I was able to silence the world and deal with my inner self. I was referred to Dr. Lazarus in 2014 [because] I experienced panic episodes, vomiting, and uncontrollable breathing.
Dr. Lazarus’ approach changed our lives!
- Parent of 13-year-old