6 Signs Your Upset Stomach Is Abnormal

Find out if your stomach pain may be serious.

6 Signs Your Upset Stomach Is Abnormal

From stress and nerves to overeating or eating too quickly, stomach pain can be caused by a number of different everyday factors. But sometimes your upset stomach may be abnormal. With the help of gastroenterologist Dr. Roshini Raj and holistic nutritionist JJ Virgin, we're going to cover the ways you can treat these symptoms and learn how to tell if you need medical attention. Here are six signs you may have a more serious stomach issue on your hands.

More: Dr. Oz's Belly Map for Decoding Pain


Persistent Bloating

While bloating can be a normal part of a healthy lifestyle, sometimes it can also be a sign that you need to seek medical attention or make tweaks to your diet. JJ Virgin reminds us it's not just salt that can cause bloat since healthy foods like Brussels sprouts and beans can also cause this unpleasant side effect. Dr. Raj recommends taking an at-home bloat test to determine if your symptoms are normal. All you have to do is keep a five-day journal and write down what you ate, when you ate, and how much you ate every time you bloat. By tracking these factors you can see if there is a pattern and if there is no pattern you should see your doctor.

Watch: The Cure to Beat Bloat, Pt. 1

Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

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