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Trouble with an upset stomach:



Like headaches, your child’s upset stomach is
probably caused by something other than stress. It may be from eating too much
or eating something that disagreed with him. A minor illness, needing to go to
the bathroom, or not feeling well may be the cause. If the discomfort is not
severe or continuing, rest, a little sympathy, and some personal space are
usually right on target.



An upset stomach is more likely to be caused by
stress than are headaches. When the sign is caused by stress, your child is
feeling edgy and afraid of something or someone. Sensitivity on your part is
important. Gently encouraging him to talk about what is wrong usually helps a
lot.



If talking is not easy for him, this is a good
approach. “I’ll bet your stomach is telling you you are afraid or a little
uptight about something or someone. Does it have something to do with things
here at home, or at school, or maybe with your friends?” If this gets a
response, listen, being careful not to pass judgement. Not criticizing your
child and not inadvertently implying his feelings are wrong or unimportant are
the keys to supportive listening.





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