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Cure your toddler’s stomach ache

Monday, August 30, 2010

IT is very essential to get to the root cause of toddler stomach ache and provide necessary remedies to relieve the symptoms. Sometimes, toddler stomach ache may not be so severe and can be cured with some simple home remedies.

Give your child plenty of fluids that will help cleanse the digestive tract of any infections. Encourage the child to drink plenty of water and fruit juices at regular intervals.

Ginger is one of the age old stomach ache remedies for treating pain and discomfort. Taking a spoon of ginger juice or grated ginger is known to provide relief from stomach ache. But since ginger has a pungent taste, children tend to refuse taking it. So mix half a teaspoon of honey with one teaspoon of ginger juice before giving it to the child. Honey is also known to ease out the symptoms of belly pain.

Give your child yogurt. Yogurt contains some active cultures, which help to soothe the pain and discomfort caused due to infections. Yogurt also helps to regulate proper digestion of food.

Mint and lemon are excellent remedies for stomach pain in children. Mint has antibiotic properties and helps to eliminate the harmful pathogens from the digestive tract. Lemon, which is a rich source of citric acid, also destroys the harmful bacteria and alleviates the symptoms of constipation. Give your child half a glass of lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water and mint leaves to relieve stomach pain. Lemon and mint tea also triggers the production of bile, which aids in proper digestion.

Give your child a solution made of baking soda and warm water. This is a natural and simple method to reduce pain. But you must consult the paediatrician before trying this stomach ache cure as too much baking soda can also have adverse effects on your child's stomach. You can even give gripe water as a remedial measure to ease the pain.

If your child shows any of the symptoms related to stomach ache and does recover in spite of the above remedies, visit a paediatrician who may diagnose the exact cause and provide the necessary treatment.


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