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Vomiting Behavior in Children When Facing Difficult Lessons


In general, children are very happy with playing. Either playing alone or playing with friends. Play is one of the ways children learn about the pattern of play. Some children can quickly finish the game, some can finish the game long enough. Similarly, the condition is when children learn to write, learn to read and learn to count. Every child has different conditions. Some children are quick in completing the writing, some children are not too quick to finish reading some children are slow in completing their calculations.

Unlike most children, Alex has a special condition. As he completes the reading, writing, and numeracy tasks. At an easy level with lancer can be completed well. But when the task had started to rise at a difficult level then Alex’s response changed. He can’t accept that he can’t so vomiting behavior will start reading, writing, and numeracy at a difficult level. This incident develops not only the task of lessons but on other tasks that have the same impact. If Alex can’t do something well then he’ll throw up.

How did this condition happen?

After making psychological observations in collaboration with Alex’s parents, the following data was obtained.

Alex has a fair intellectual capacity. His cognitive abilities are comparable to those of his age, suggesting that he can respond and is quite easy to understand and study new information or knowledge. Alex is also able to analyze a fairly complex task. This is supported by the power of abstraction that is good enough in understanding information or conceptual knowledge that helps Alex process data that is theoretical.

Information to doctors according to both parents, Alex has no problems with indigestion or stomach. Alex also doesn’t have an allergy to certain foods. So physically Alex’s condition is healthy and normal.

Alex has a personality that is quite good at adapting, as well as quite independent in acting or completing tasks. But Alex has his tendencies and is hard to direct. He tends to be explosive or explosive in the form of angry and vomiting behavior.

What caused Alex’s vomiting?

So Alex’s behavior that often vomits when facing a difficult task is a form of body response due to psychosomatic experience. In general, psychosomatic is a physical illness that arises due to a disorder of the mind, due to stress or depression. This psychosomatic condition arises when Alex feels unable to do a difficult task (stress) then there is a feeling of worry, anxiety, or fear, then the body immediately shows symptoms or signs such as heart palpitations, heart rate becomes abnormal, chest tightness, and then vomiting.

What is the appropriate psychosomatic treatment for Alex?

Referring to the results of the psychological observation data above, we can do some effective things to solve the psychosomatic experience by Alex.

First, prepare a companion teacher or special therapist to help Alex at the time of psychosomatic behavior.

Both do conditioning and work with a companion teacher or therapist when Alex gets a difficult task. When psychosomatic symptoms begin to appear, accompany and calm Alex. Then take him to a special room to complete his task with a companion teacher or therapist. This is done so that Alex does not feel embarrassed in front of his theme friends. If the psychosomatic symptoms have subsided then Alex can rejoin the class.

Third, prepare a special bag containing supplies to help Alex before, during, and after vomiting. These include:
  • Plastic bags for places when vomiting
  • Dry tissue and wet tissue to clean the face, mouth, and hands after vomiting
  • Eucalyptus oil to be evaporated and stomach
  • Warm water and warm tea are drunk after the complete vomiting.
  • Small or brown foods may be given after relaxing conditions to restore an empty stomach after vomiting.
  • Spare clothes to replace uniforms affected by vomiting
  • Room fragrance to remove the smell of vomit marks
Do this treatment with discipline and order. Some ways may be inappropriate or ineffective for other children. Because of the condition of the child and the conditions of different places, we can adjust and modify the treatment according to the needs of each child.

Good luck, …

Note; Alex is a pseudonym.

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