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Hypnosis for Children

Examining the research on the use of hypnosis for children facing medical anesthesia, pain, or chemotherapy, a summary of benefits suggests that:

  • Hypnosis reduces pain and anxiety before, during, and after the use of anesthetics.
  • Hypnosis reduces pain and anxiety during dental procedures.
  • Hypnosis can be used to manage the pain of recurrent headaches, abdominal pain, and distress around receiving chemotherapy.
  • Hypnosis can also be helpful in treating nighttime disorders such as insomnia and bed wetting. 

Abstract: Controlled outcome studies of child clinical hypnosis, Acta Bio Medica

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Parenting and a Child’s Anxiety


A mother’s warmth goes a long way toward helping a child be less anxious.   Researchers in England assessed English and Italian mothers on behaviors promoting a child’s autonomy.  Among other factors these mothers were examined for intrusive behaviors while parenting.

The findings of this research indicated that the Italian mothers were less autonomy granting and more intrusive with their children.  The Italian mothers were also more overprotective and controlling, suggesting that the style of mothering in Italy is more likely to promote overall anxiety in their children.

However, this was not the case for one significant reason: Italian mothers also scored very high in warmth.  It seems that a mother’s warmth neutralizes the effect of their intrusive, etc. parenting style.  The research supports the idea that a parent’s warmth toward their children can overcome, or at least offset, the influence of behaviors that would otherwise promote anxiety in children.

Abstract: Child anxiety and parenting in England and Italy: the moderating role of maternal warmth, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2013

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Dismissing a Child’s Feelings Associated With Comfort Feeding

 “The latest study revealed that children who are insecurely attached are at risk of pediatric obesity.

The latest study involved 497 primary caregivers of 2-to 3-year old children. The caregivers completed questionnaires to determine adult attachments. They rated themselves on a depression and anxiety scale, and answered questions about how they dealt with their children.

The study found that insecure parents were significantly more likely to respond to their children’s distress by becoming distressed themselves or dismissing their child’s emotion. For example, if a child went to a birthday party and was upset because of a friend’s comment there, a dismissive parent might tell the child not to be sad, to forget about it. Or the parent might even say: Stop crying and acting like a baby or you’re never going over again,” [Kelly Bost, a University of Illinois professor of human development and family studies] said.

The findings revealed that punishing or dismissing a child’s sad or angry emotions was significantly correlated with comfort feeding, family mealtimes and more TV viewing, which was linked to children’s unhealthy eating of fast foods, salty snacks and sugary drinks.”

Article: Insensitive Parenting Linked to Obese Children, Counsel and Heal