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Combined infant regulatory problems and early maternal psychiatric illness predict risk of functional somatic symptoms in later childhood
  1. M Elena Garralda
  1. Imperial College London, Academic Unit of Child Psychiatry
  1. Correspondence to : Professor M Elena Garralda
    Imperial College London, Academic Unit of Child Psychiatry, St Mary's Campus, Norfolk Place, London W2 1PG, UK; e.garralda{at}imperial.ac.uk

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Implications for practice and research

  • Counselling mothers to help settle babies with high levels of feeding/sleeping/tactile reactivity may help prevent the development of functional somatic symptoms (FSS) in children.

  • Further research is required to identify additional risk factors for FSS and the evaluation of preventative interventions.

Context

FSS in children are physical symptoms that cannot be ascribed to a medical disease. FSS affect approximately 10% of children and adolescents: when frequent and causing impairment they can lead to unproductive and costly medical assessments.1 FSS are often associated with …

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