By LJ Miller
My Tummy Hurts…
One of the main reasons I am writing this is to potentially help save a childs life. Here is my story!
A few weeks ago my daughter complained of a stomach ache. Being the typical mom, I dismissed it as something she ate or needed to have a bowel movement. The next morning she said, “Mom my stomach still hurts.” I got her dressed, fed her crackers, and sent her off to school. Since I work at the school I told the teacher if her stomach continues to hurt allow her to put her head down and I would pick her up immediately following school. She rested all day in class completing some work but nothing major happened. I check with the teacher who stated she seemed fine by the end of the day. I checked with my daughter who stated she felt better, therefore I decided to stay at work and send her to extended care to play for a while.
Having healthy kids is something that we all want. Raising healthy children will depend on the balance of a number of things since children have to be healthy in all aspects. Generally, children who are healthy are happy and will perform better in everything that they do.
Mentally, you can help stimulate your child’s development by teaching him the different skills that he needs. Reading stories together daily, talking about the things that he did and helping your child find out what his interests are will all help. Allow your child to explore the world around him so that he learns about how things work and he is able to satisfy his curiosity.
In terms of emotions, a lot of support should be given in their areas of interest. Take time to praise your child for the good things that he does and try to keep away from negative remarks.
Even children experience stress so teach him how to relax and cope with the daily stress that he goes through. Listening to what your child has to say is an important part of it all as well, so do make sure to lend an ear and always make eye contact to make him feel that he is important and that his opinion counts too.