Grandma’s Quick Home Remedies for Stomach Ache
Posted in Growing Up on Friday, February 1st, 2013
Just when you think all is hunky-dory in your life and it’s running smoothly, your child will come running to you complaining of a stomach ache. Stomach aches are very common in children as most often than not it is related to their physical activity (or rather lack of it), eating habits or bowel movements. But don’t worry; it’s something that you can easily take care of by following these natural remedies.
Caraway Seeds: Do you remember your grandma giving you ajwain with salt for stomach ache? Yes, it’s an age-old remedy that works wonders in relieving acidity and indigestion. Take some Caraway Seeds (ajwain). Dry roast them. Now give your child some of the seeds with a pinch of salt. Ask him to swallow them with water. For an infant/toddler, you can boil these seeds with little water. Cool and strain it and then give spoonfuls to your child. But remember not to overdo it, as it might lead to lose motions in infants.
Curd/Yogurt: Curd is a wonder food. It’s an excellent antacid and great for digestion. The active bacteria found in curd can help get digestion back to normal. It also works wonders in diarrhoea. Feed your child a small bowl of curd; that will do the trick. Also, it’s a good idea to include curd in your child’s regular diet. It provides a wonderful cushion against Indian spices.
Asafoetida: Heat a little asafoetida (hing) in a spoon till it is warm to the touch. Take off the fire and mix with a little milk. Give this mixture to the child. For an infant, make a paste of asafoetida and water, and apply it around the infant’s belly button. It will help release wind. But remove it quickly if the baby cries as it can irritate a newborn’s skin. Make a practice of adding asafoetida while cooking food.
A few tips to cure stomach ache:
• Try the heat treatment. Place a hot water bottle or heating pad on your little one’s tummy while he’s sitting or lying down. It should relieve some of the pain. Heat increases the blood flow to the skin surface, which can diminish the perception of pain coming from deeper in the abdomen.
• Avoid giving spicy food or chutneys, pickles or seasonings to your child while he has a stomach ache.
• Feed bland foods like khichdi, curd-rice, crack wheat daliya, oatmeal, quinoaetc as they are less irritating to the stomach and more easily digested than spicy or greasy foods. They will help the gastrointestinal tract to function normallymore quickly.
• If your child’s tummy is hurting because of constipation, you need to include more fibre in his diet. Give him spinach, pears, papaya, prunes, raisins, banana etc.
• If you are a breast-feeding mother and your baby suffers from colic, then you should make a drink by mixing 2 tsp aniseed, 2 tsp ajwain and a little crushed ginger in 1 kg of water. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. Cool and strain. Drink this water as long as you are breastfeeding.
• Encourage your child to indulge in enough physical activity like walking, running, playing games outside etc. It helps in bowel movement and thus prevents/cures constipation.
Home remedies can work wonders, but it’s necessary to know when it’s time to call the doctor. Pain around the belly button is easily manageable, loss of appetite is more serious and should concern you after a few days but constipation should be corrected within a week if a change in diet and physical activity is not helping. If your child is vomiting, has a fever, has blood in his stool, is not interested in playing or looks tired all the time, it’s best to take him to the paediatrician.
Hope these tips help. If you have more of your own, do share with us.