"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

Kevin's Notes - Topic: Stomach Aches

When students approach me with complaints of stomach pain or discomfort, I sometimes learn interesting facts about their behavior and dietary habits. Recently, when I asked a student with stomach pain “What did you have to eat and drink this morning?”, I was surprised when she replied “Marshmallow cereal and nothing to drink!”. While this breakfast sounded quite delicious, this sickness could have been prevented by making a healthier breakfast selection. Students can lessen their chances of getting stomach aches at school by taking a few simple precautions:

  1. Wash hands before eating (teachers re-enforce this).

  2. Don't overeat, and try not to eat right before going to sleep.

  3. Drink plenty of water and eat fiber-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, to keep food moving through your digestive system.

  4. Eat a healthy breakfast, not sugary cereals. (Don't skip breakfast.)

  5. Avoid foods that have passed their expiration date or have been out of the refrigerator longer than they should be.

  6. If you have a food allergy or intolerance, avoid eating/contacting foods that will make you sick or cause an allergic reaction.

Thanks for reading!
Kevin Hawke, EMT & Security Officer, KevinH@intlschool.org