Nervous Stomach in Children

By Sarah Lipoff

Sometimes children have difficulties with their stomachs and may complain of having butterflies in the tummy. A nervous stomach in children is a normal occurrence and can easily be dealt with.


According to, when there is no physical reason for a bellyache, it is due to anxiety, stress or excitement. When a child complains of a nervous stomach, have her sit down and take a couple deep breaths. Encourage her to talk about her feelings, asking if there is something causing her to feel anxious. Explain to her that this anxiety is most likely the cause of her nervous stomach.

Recurring Problems

Sometimes a nervous stomach can cause a child to throw up prior to activities or events. If a child is having recurring problems with a nervous stomach, suggests discussing the problem with a doctor. Encouraging a child to do his normal activities may help him eventually outgrow his nervous stomach.


A doctor may run various tests to make sure a nervous stomach isn't a sign of other underlying problems such as an allergic reaction to foods or digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). finds that the entire abdominal area can cause problems for children, including the uterus and ovaries in girls. Constipation, diarrhea or an infection can cause a child to have a nervous stomach or discomfort in her abdominal area.

Working Through a Nervous Stomach

There are a couple ways to help a child deal with a nervous stomach other than talking with him about how to deal with stress. According to, stopping children from overeating and eating before bed and including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet will keep the stomach working well. Make sure a child with a nervous stomach gets the proper amount of sleep to help keep nerves calm. suggests over-the-counter gas relievers, yogurt and calming teas to aide a child with a nervous stomach.

Professional Help

If a child with a nervous stomach seems to be getting worse, talk with a professional. According to, therapy for a child with a nervous stomach can help a child work through his stress and combat a nervous stomach.

About the Author

Sarah Lipoff has been writing since 2008. She has been published through BabyZone, Parents, Funderstanding and Lipoff has worked as a K-12 art teacher, museum educator and preschool teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science in K-12 art education from St. Cloud State University.