Tummy aches always seem to happen just when you run out of medicine. Here are a few natural remedies that may come in handy.
A tummy ache is one of the most common ailments that we as parents face. They seem to always occur at 2 AM when you have run out of whatever tummy soothing medication you typically use. It can be hard to think of what to do amidst the panicked cries of “my tummy hurts!” Here are a few home remedies to tuck in the back of your mind for just such an occasion.
One cup of chamomile tea will help sooth uncomplicated stomach upsets. Chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. These can quite often lessen tummy discomfort as the tea works to relax the muscles of the upper digestive tract and ease the contractions that move food through. This will relieve tummy cramps and spasms.
A tried and true favorite – ginger contains gingerol, a strong antioxidant that decreases nausea and discomfort. The most potent source would, of course, be fresh ginger. This can be made into a simple ginger tea. If fresh ginger isn’t available, good old ginger ale can be a good alternative. Make sure that the ginger ale you choose actually contains ginger as many brands on the market today contain artificially flavorings.
Chewing on fresh springs of mint or adding them to a warm cup of water to make a tea are great ways settling an upset stomach. While a peppermint candy is not as potent, it can also be helpful if you do not have fresh peppermint on hand. Be careful, however, as regular peppermint candy tends to have sugar which can contribute to further stomach upset.
If you do not have mint or ginger, lemon can be another fabulous choice. Squeeze half a lemon into a mug of warm water. If you do not have a fresh lemon, use a few teaspoons of lemon juice instead.
Stomach pain can quite often be the result of acid reflux or heartburn. Excess stomach acid is likely the culprit and baking soda is the perfect neutralizer to relieve these symptoms. Add ½ tsp. of baking soda to three or four oz. of tap water and offer it to your little one to drink.
Home remedies are great, but it is important to know when to call the doctor. If your child is experiencing loss of appetite in addition to stomach pain, and this lasts for more than a couple days, it may be worth it to call your pediatrician. If your child is constipated for more than a week, is vomiting, has a fever, bloody stool, or just looks worn-out all the time, contact your pediatrician for proper medical care.