Nobody likes a tummy ache. How does a mother know when to take it seriously?
"Joshua keeps complaining about his stomach. I don't know if he is really sick or if he's upset about his lost kitty. How seriously should I take his complaints? What can I do to make him feel better?"
Hi, I’m Madia. I have eleven children and one of the greatest privileges of my life was to know Dr. Leila Denmark. She practiced pediatrics for over 75 years and was my mentor for 32 years.
I can hardly express how much she helped me, both with the children’s medical issues and family life challenges. I would love to share what she taught me with you.
Stop, Look and Listen
When my little ones would complain of a stomach ache and there were no other obvious symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhea, I would always ask them if they needed to go to the bathroom. Often a quick trip to the bathroom took care of the problem.
If they persisted in their complaint, I tried to respond very calmly, but kept an eye on their behavior. Typically, If mom panics, they will too and getting more tense does not help stomach pain. Also actions can speak louder than words when it comes to young children. Observe how your child is behaving. Are they acting normally? Are they running around playing or crouched in the corner holding their stomach? Do they seem emotionally upset?
*If you are convinced that your child is upset about something, then it is time for comfort, reassurance and prayer with them. It may be a good time to evaluate the atmosphere of your home.
If it's clear from their behavior that something is physically wrong, then begin to ask questions such as : "When did your tummy start hurting? Where does it hurt? Have you eaten or swallowed anything that Mommy doesn't know about? Have you been spinning around on the swing? (motion sickness) Do you have any idea why your tummy is hurting?'
If it appears that he or she has eaten something unusual, call your local poison control center immediately and follow their instructions.