Stomach Pain in Kids:
Stomach pain (pet dard) is very common in kids, especially in the new born babies (first 3 months of life). During this period, intestines of infants are getting stronger. It is also common among the kids of 6 to 12 months of age, while trying lots of different food for the first time. The reason behind this is generally gas formation.
In short, stomach pain is generally occurred due to gas formation. And gastric problem is occurred due to the inflammation of the lining of the stomach.
Symptoms, Causes & Treatment:
First and foremost symptom of stomach pain among kids is excessive abdominal gas and discomfort. Because of excess gas, the baby’s tummy gets hard and he starts crying. Babies with gas pain also tend to pull up their legs and then stretch out, arching their back. If your baby is fussy for no obvious reason, it may be gas pain.
There are many causes of stomach pain among kids. If your child is breast-fed, main cause of this is the food eaten by his mother. The gassy veggies eaten by breastfeeding mother, such as broccoli and cauliflower, taro root (arabi) etc., may cause stomach pain among kids due to gas. If your baby is formula-fed and seems to have stomach pain, the reason behind this is intolerance to the protein in his formula which results in gas pain.
Another cause of stomach pain among infants is to ingest water or any juice to newborn. Small babies should not drink anything other than breast milk or formula. You can give water once they are 6 months old because they are likely to have difficulty in digesting that juice. As a result, they may have stomach pain or even loose motion.
Gastric problem among infants is not a serious disease and you can control it by taking some precautions, such as- eating a healthy diet by breastfeeding mother, applying proper hygiene, ingesting the newborn only mother feed up to 6 months etc. However, some simple natural remedies are also there which are quite effective to control this common health problem among kids. These remedies are quite safe because the ingredients used in these remedies are part of everyone’s day to day life.
Home Remedies of Stomach Pain in Kids:
1. Asafoetida for Stomach Pain:
If your baby is fussy without any reason, it may be stomach pain due to gas. To cure this stomach pain, firstly take a pinch of asafoetida (heeng) and dissolve it into a little amount of water. And then, apply this asafoetida paste around the naval point of infant. It helps to release the abdominal gas and the baby will be comfortable. It is a popular home remedy, used for many prescriptions in traditional healing. (1)
2. Yellow Chebulic Myrobalan:
Another good remedy of curing stomach pain among kids is the use of yellow chebulic myrobalan (Badi Harad).
- Take one yellow chebulic myrobalan and clean with fresh water.
- Now rub it on a rough surface of clean rolling board or platform with some water (one tsp) 4-5 times.
- The water became light brownish.
- Put this water in a spoon and ingest it to the baby.
- In case of babies below 6 months, use mother’s milk in place of water.
- Start it to apply from the age of three months and above and increase the dosage according to age.
You can give nutmeg (Jaiphal) and almond (badam) with yellow Chebulic Myrobalan by rubbing 3-4 times in the same water.
3. Cumin seeds or Carom seeds:
Cumin seeds (jeera) and carom seeds (ajwain) are also good to cure stomach pain of small children. At first, take some cumin seeds and grind it with water to make paste. And then, apply this paste on the tummy of the newborn (navjat shishu) externally. It will release the gas within few minutes and the baby will be comfortable.
Likewise, you can also use carom seeds in place of cumin seeds. Carom seeds also give relief from gas formation. Make the paste of carom seeds and apply on the tummy of your baby externally.
If the child is above 6 months, you can give cumin seeds or carom seeds water to infants. Boil 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds or carom seeds in a cup of water and give 1-2 spoons of water to the infant. You can repeat it after 2 hours if required.
4. Amaltas Or Cassia Fistula Fruit pulp Ghutti:
Amaltas (Purging Cassia or Cassia fistula) is a plant which has medicinal properties. Its pulp is used as a traditional remedy for stomach problems among kids.
- To make Amaltas ghutti, take 2 gm amaltas dry fruit pulp.
- And boil it into half cup of water till it reduced to half.
- Add some jaggery (gur) in it for taste.
- Give 2 spoons of this ghutti to your baby twice a week.
- It improves digestion and controls gas formation.
If there is no improvement even after treating your child several times a day, or if his stomach pain coincides with such other symptoms as vomiting, diarrhoea, or fever, call your doctor right away.
The remedies given above are not the substitute of the medical treatment; it is only for the purpose of knowledge. So, it is better to consult your doctor before use.
Above said all the ingredients like asafoetida, cumin seeds, carom seeds (ajwain), yellow chebulic Myrobalan (Badi Harad), jaiphal or nutmeg, and almonds can be purchased from grocery shop or supermarket like big bazaar, D-mart etc. Amaltas fruit pulp (dry) is available at some old grocery shops.