Fake Ache

How to tell when your child's tummy ache is for real

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(HealthDayNews) -- If you've got school-age kids, you've undoubtedly heard the morning moan: "My stomach hurts sooo much; I can't go to school."

But how do you tell whether kids are faking it? Are they acting up or do they really have a stomach bug? The Children's Medical Center of Dallas recommends you try the "jump test" to determine whether to call it a sick day or not. If your child can jump, the problem is probably not in the stomach but in the anxiety over an upcoming test or other school assignment.

However, if the pain is accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting or fever, keep your child home and consult your doctor.

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