My Tummy Hurts
Kids often experience feelings of unease and anxiousness somatically, especially as headaches and digestive distress. When you are little, many things can rock the boat from Daddy shaving his beard to attending school for the first time. As parents, this is a golden opportunity to start teaching your child stress management and coping skills. Renee Jain has a Master’s degree in Positive Psychology from U Penn and she created a great list of “49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child” and “9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try” with a diverse list of options to consider whether you have a toddler or older child. Renee shares a variety of strategies including breathing exercises, spending time in nature, exercise, understanding worry and self-soothing.
“Can you draw it?”
“I get scared/nervous/anxious too. It’s no fun”
“Let’s find some evidence”
As integrative practitioners, it is important to have the most appropriate interventions on-hand to meet the unique needs of all our patients. Sharing tools and resources with parents is a great way to guide and empower them on a daily basis. There are times when a stronger intervention is needed which may include a counseling referral and/or botanicals. A combination herbal glycerite formula of lemon balm, chamomile, fennel and ginger is an effective and tasty way to help ease ‘butterflies’ and soothe an irritated digestive system. Bach flower remedies has a Rescue Remedy Kids formula in a yummy glycerite to help calm emotions and restore balance. You might also want to consider some chewable Vitamin C as not only a great antioxidant but also essential to cortisol production and adrenal health.
Tina Beaudoin, ND