9% of children suffer from a condition known as functional abdominal pain. Dr. John Campo at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is looking for ways to treat this unique and often misunderstood condition. Possible treatments being explored, include cognitive behavioral therapy and medications, like Citalopram, which control serotonin levels.
A clinical trial, conducted by Dr. John Campo at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, is using antidepressants to help treat children suffering from functional abdominal pain. Dr. Campo uses the antidepressants to change the way the child’s body handles serotonin, thereby easing or even eliminating the child’s stomach pain.