Stomachaches From Worrying
The abdomen has been called the mirror of the emotions. Over 10% of children have recurrent bellyaches due to worry and stress. The pain is real. It occurs in the pit of the stomach or near the belly button. Here are some ways for treating the worried stomach:
- First: Help your child lighten up. Children with recurrent belly aches tend to be sensitive, serious, conscientious, even model children. This makes them vulnerable to the normal stresses of life such as changing schools or a recent move. Help your youngster talk about the events that trigger his pains, and how he's going to cope with them.
- Second: Make sure that your youngster doesn't miss any school for this type of stomachache. These children have a tendency to stay home when the going gets rough and staying home makes it all the more stressful to return.
- Third: Teach your youngster to use relaxation exercises for mild pains. Have him lie down in a quiet place, take deep, slow breaths and think about something pleasant. Listening to relaxation tapes may help.
- Finally: Your child should have a medical check-up before assuming that recurrent stomachaches are due to worrying too much.
If you have other questions about stomachaches, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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