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The link between anxiety and stomach aches

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About 1 in 6 kids experience chronic abdominal pain, and a common reason children miss school and head to the doctor is due to similar aches and pains in the abdomen.

However, new research published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that treating a "tummy ache" may not be so simple.

FOX 9 medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou said that the study looked at anxiety as a leading cause of tummy aches in kids.

The study followed 332 children until they hit age 20 who reported experiencing chronic abdominal pain. At age 20, 40 percent still experienced chronic pain, 51 percent had an anxiety disorder and 40 percent had some form of depression.

The takeaway is this: If you see a chronic issue in your child, get it checked out, because it could be something more serious.

However, keep in mind that anxiety can cause a vicious cycle regarding the way a body experiences pain. Many doctors say that anxiety triggered from an extraneous stressor can spark a stomach ache, but when kids miss school and homework piles up, that anxiety continues to increase and with that comes more stomach pain.

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