3 natural tummy ache remedies for tots

Does your little one have tummy troubles? These three remedies will help cure and soothe your toddler.

Tummy aches are a very common symptom in toddlers and young children. Most children experience abdominal pain at some point for various reasons.

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Holistic GP, Dr Ela Manga explains the causes of tummy aches:

  • The most common cause of generalised abdominal pain in toddlers is related to an imbalance in their digestive function.
  • Tummy aches associated with less frequent bowel movements, difficulty in passing a stool, or a harder stool than normal, point to constipation as the cause.
  • A sudden cramp like pain may be caused by a gas build up.
  • Food allergies and intolerances are common triggers for tummy aches. In this case, the tummy ache will occur after eating certain kinds of food.
  • Stress and emotional factors also have to be considered, especially as toddlers have difficulty in expressing their feelings and tend to internalise them.
  • If the tummy ache is associated with a fever, this probably indicates that there’s an infective process caused by a virus, bacteria or parasite.
  • Urinary tract infections can also cause abdominal pain.

“Always look at the tummy ache in context of other symptoms and consult your doctor if the stomach pain doesn’t settle within a few hours,” recommends Dr Manga.

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Natural remedies for tummy aches

  • Chamomile tea. “This is a great remedy for non-complicated tummy aches. It has anti-infective properties and it’s very soothing for the lining of the bowel,” says Dr Manga.
  • Fresh grated ginger and mint tea. The ginger eases nausea and increases the secretion of digestive enzymes while the mint eases cramping.
  • Milk of magnesia for constipation. “This works by increasing the water content and volume of the stool and helps to create a bowel movement. It acts as a mild laxative and antacid – neutralising stomach acid. It shouldn’t be used long term, and only when your child is really very constipated,” explains Dr Manga.

 

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