When your children are sick, the first thing you want to do is take their pain away. Unfortunately, stomach aches are common in young children, but there are quick fixes for non-severe stomach aches.
Next time your child comes to you complaining of a tummy ache, try these natural remedies:
- Tea: Serve your child chamomile tea, which has anti-inflammatory and sedative properties to help relax the muscles in their digestive tract. Ginger tea is healthier than ginger ale and can also decrease nausea and discomfort. It’s an inflammatory and can also neutralize stomach acids. The general measurement is one cup of water per one teabag.
- Peppermint: Try peppermint candies or tea. Peppermint has a calming effect on the stomach muscles. It can also improve the flow of bile, which aids with digestion. Just make sure your child is old enough for peppermint candies, as they can be a choking hazard.
- Heating pads or hot water bottles: The heat from a heating pad or hot water bottle will increase the blood flow to the skin’s surface, distracting your child from their stomach pains.
- Bland foods: If your child is hungry, feed them plain foods without any spices or seasoning. Toast, pasta, nuts, chicken broth and crackers are all good choices. Avoid any greasy foods, as these are harder to digest.
- Yogurt: Another good food option to help regulate digestion is yogurt. It provides probiotics, which help digestion by getting rid of bad bacteria in the gut. Next time your child has a stomach ache, trying giving them plain yogurt.
- Exercise: This may seem like a bad idea if your child has a stomach ache, but if they complain of aches frequently, exercise can help. Physical activity aids with the movement of the GI tract. Walking, playing outside or moderate running are all good choices. Advise them to try to avoid twirling, hanging upside down on the monkey bars or doing cartwheels if their stomach is upset.
It’s important to take your child to see their doctor if their stomach aches persist or are severe. Other symptoms you should also look out for are loss of appetite, constipation, fatigue and/or fever.