3 natural tummy ache remedies for tots

Posted on October 17th, 2016

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

Tummy ache remedies for tots

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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