Are you worried about using over-the-counter medicines for your child's stomach pain? This article looks at some wonderful home remedies for tummy ache that work wonders and are safe too!
By Ashwin Dewan
Often, abdominal pain in pre-schoolers could signal the start of stomach flu, constipation or food poisoning. There are many reasons for stomach ache in pre-schoolers. Some common causes include acidity, constipation, indigestion, kidney stones, appendicitis, ulcers and infection of the gall bladder. A look at some excellent home remedies for stomach ache for stomach pain in children:
Word of caution: If the child has accidentally consumed a non-edible item, parents must rush to the emergency room of a nearby hospital.
It is often believed that most dairy items can be detrimental to an upset stomach but yoghurt is an exception. Yoghurt contains bacterial cultures that are healthy and effective in treating stomach ache. These cultures increase the number of good bacteria in the gut, aid in digestion and reduce bloating in the stomach.
Word of caution: Organic plain yoghurt is best for treating stomach ache.
There is the refreshing black tea, the healthy green tea and then there is the chamomile tea. Want to reduce the stomach ache in your pre-schooler? Simply offer him a cup of chamomile tea. It is a natural sedative and an anti-inflammatory drink.
Chamomile relaxes the muscles of the upper digestive tract and eases the contractions that move food through the stomach and the small intestine. This will help to relieve spasms and tummy cramps.
Word of caution: Toddlers with stomach pain should not be given more than 3 cups of chamomile tea a day.
This humble spice that adorns our kitchens is excellent at treating stomach ache in toddlers and improving overall digestive health.
Children can chew on small bits of ginger or consume it in powder form. Parents can also boil ginger in water and cool it down before the child drinks it.
Word of caution: Ginger may not be suitable for children below 2 years of age.
Honey is a natural digestive that contains antioxidants, sugars and carbohydrates. These three properties combine to relieve stomach pain. Parents can mix a spoon of honey in warm water for the child to drink.
Word of caution: Good quality honey should be used to achieve the best results.
When your child is sick with stomach pain, cooked white rice serves as a good remedy. White rice is light on the digestive system and helps absorb fluids, adding bulk to the stool.
Word of caution: One small cup of white rice is sufficient for a pre-schooler.
Bananas are tasty and inexpensive. They are good for the stomach because they are easily digestible. The fruit contains pectin, which helps to firm bowel movement the natural way. Bananas can be served whole, cut or mashed per the preschooler’s preference.
Word of caution: Eating too many bananas can lead to an excess of potassium in the body, causing nausea and irregular heartbeat.
One of the simplest and most effective home remedies for tummy ache in preschoolers is a warm compress. Parents can apply heat using a hot water bottle wrapped in cloth to the abdomen of the child. This will increase the flow of blood to the surface of the skin and mask the feeling of pain.
Word of caution: You should be careful while applying the hot water bottle for a spill may result in serious burns.
A natural digestive, baking soda helps to relieve stomach ache. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of warm water to ease stomach pain.
Word of caution: Always be careful of the dosage given.
Mint and lemon are natural soothers that can help in stomach pain. Mint removes harmful bacteria from the digestive tract while lemon helps to combat constipation.
Word of caution: Too many lemon can cause acidity.
Most of these home remedies for stomach ache are easy to make and inexpensive. Parents can rely on these natural remedies to bring relief without having to rush to the doctor when their children complain of stomach ache.
Confused about the variety of information available on how and when to bathe your baby or toddler...
Dr Sachith Abraham
Summer is back again! Worried if your child is drinking enough water? If not, you should be, as d...
Summer can prove to be a difficult time for toddlers. Fortunately, some summer foods provide resp...