“Mommy, I have a tummy ache.” It’s a sentence every parent will hear from their child sooner or later. Usually, with simple home care and rest, the tummy ache will quickly pass. But in some cases, stomachaches and other symptoms–such as frequent headaches, recurring nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, sweats and flushing–keep returning. Physical causes, from bacteria to viruses to food allergies or even lactose intolerance, are often the trigger. However, if the pediatrician has performed a thorough exam and found a child in good health, it’s possible that underlying anxiety is setting off the complaints.Read More
About Jill NeimarkJill Neimark is a veteran science journalist and author of adult and children's fiction. A former contributing editor at Discover Magazine, she also written for Scientific American, Science, Nautilus, Aeon, The New York Times, NPR, Quartz, and Psychology Today. Her most recent adult nonfiction book, coauthored with bioethicist Stephen Post, PhD, was Why Good Things Happen to Good People.
Childhood and adolescence are marked by rapid change, growth and challenge—and they are often periods of high risk for developing anxiety. This is especially true today, when children of all ages are immersed in technology and constantly bombarded with stimuli of all kinds. When fears and anxious feelings become difficult to manage, one effective tool that may help your child is mindfulness.Read More