Kids Don’t Tell You They Have Anxiety, They Say ‘My Stomach Hurts

Many of you might be familiar with this statement, “Mom, my stomach hurts.” This is a similar statement i hear from my daughter at the same time almost every night. She feels fine all day but when it’s bedtime and I’m turning down the lights, her stomach hurts.

As nighttime draws closes anxiety increases in many kids. It’s dark, they’re alone, there are no distractions. Working together to conquer her anxiety, she knows I will remind her that her stomach is actually just fine and it’s just her worry.

On the other hand my son used to tell me his stomach hurt before school every morning. He struggled with separation anxiety and didn’t want to be away from me.

Rather than explaining that to me, he just said his stomach hurt. So why is that kids say their stomach hurts? The real reason is because their stomachs do actually hurt.

The stomach is home to the enteric nervous system and is even often called your second brain. Big nerves and anxiousness create a real sensation in the belly area.

It makes for quite a cycle because as the anxiety creates a stomach ache, a stomach ache causes even more anxiety and it continues on.

One study discovered that more than half, or 51 percent of people surveyed who experienced stomach pains as children ended up with some type of anxiety disorder sometime in their lives.

The most important thing to remember about children is they often complain of stomach aches. They are not doing to to attract attention. What happens is their body manifests their anxiety right in the pit of their stomach.

There are many different approaches to conquering kids anxiety.

Take a look at the video below for more tips on this topic.

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