1. Give Lots Of Fluid
The biggest danger from gastroenteritis is dehydration. Due to the vomiting and diarrhea, your child’s body loses more fluids than it takes in. So the most important thing you can do is keep your child hydrated.
Not just any fluid will do. Water is good, but in some cases, it may not be enough. It won’t replace the important electrolytes (salt, sugars, and minerals) your child’s body loses when it’s dehydrated.
Drinks that do replace salt and minerals are called electrolyte solutions or oral rehydration solutions. You can buy them at your local drugstore. They can even be bottle-fed to infants.
Some sports drinks promise to replace electrolytes as well. They have a lot of sugar but are OK for most school-age children and teenagers. They’re not a good idea for very young children.
Keep children away from milk. It can make stomach problems worse. Doctors recommend clear fluids. If you’re the parent of a young baby, talk with your doctor about breastfeeding or formula.
Drinks that have a lot of acid (orange juice) or caffeine can also cause belly problems and discomfort.
Too much of even the right kind of liquid can make vomiting worse if given too rapidly, so take it slow at first and make sure it doesn’t make the problem worse. Try 1 teaspoon every 4 to 5 minutes.
Basil’s antispasmodic properties prevent any gastric spasms and make the stomach stronger.
To ease tummy ache, get the child to drink a mix of basil and ginger juice twice or thrice a day.
- Mix equal amounts of ginger and basil juice and add a little honey to improve the taste.
- Boil a handful of basil leaves in water.
- Strain the water and add a pinch of rock salt to it.
- Give it to the kid twice a day for a few days.
- You can also give the child basil tea (green tea) with honey.
3. Baking Soda
A natural antacid, baking soda can be used to treat gastroenteritis in kids as well as adults. It helps alleviate vomiting and diarrhea.
- Mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda with one quart of water, four tablespoons of sugar and ½ teaspoon of water.
- Give it to the kid twice or thrice a day.
Cinnamon mixed with honey has been a remedy for gastroenteritis for ages, but it is not scientifically backed. However, honey and cinnamon together can minimize inflammation caused by gastroenteritis.
Your child may not go bananas about fruit, but bananas can make his stomach flu less painful. They have a starchy substance that helps in reducing the symptoms and also supply magnesium and potassium, the two electrolytes that the body needs to prevent dehydration.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and contains bioflavonoids, minerals, and vitamins that make it an excellent ingredient for a tonic to treat stomach flu.