A 24-hour flu recently ran through our home, and as the mom I was frantically trying every home remedy I could find to help with upset stomachs. From the syrup-like tea my mom used to make us for our upset stomachs, to the ginger tea I favored when I was pregnant, there are many home remedies you can try to help with upset stomachs in children, including nausea and vomiting. Below you will find a few that seemed to work very well. This article does not constitute or replace medical advice; if your child is experiencing chronic or severe upset stomach pain, or has severe vomiting spells and / or diarrhea, call your pediatrician.
Tea Syrup. For an upset stomach, brew ordinary tea (black, orange pekoe) for five minutes. Then cover and allow to cool in the fridge. After the tea is chilled, stir in three to five teaspoons of sugar. To treat an upset stomach, especially vomiting, administer this home remedy by the spoonful every half hour. If your patient tolerates this in his tummy, you can gradually increase to sips and add in a few bites of saltines. This will calm the stomach and help with nausea and cramping. (Note, caffeine can irritate an already upset stomach, so don’t brew the tea for longer than five minutes.)
Ginger Tea. Grate a few teaspoons of ginger root into a saucepan, add two cups of water and bring to a boil, then allow to simmer for about ten more minutes. Strain and cool. Ginger is a great home remedy for many purposes, and this tea will help with nausea, vomiting and headaches. (Note, some children don’t tend to like this tea, but a little honey or sugar may help.)
Baking soda. If the upset stomach is accompanied by symptoms of bloating, this simple home remedy may help. Just mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and have your child sip it slowly. The taste is not so appealing, but the baking soda will help neutralize the acid in the stomach and will ease the upset stomach. You can also try mixing the baking soda in the ginger tea for a “double whammy.” Please note this home remedy will not taste very good, so again, add a little honey or alternate with licks on a popsicle (small ones!) If you have two or more sick children, have them compete for making the worst “gross face” at the taste to make it more fun. (Don’t let them laugh too hard, though, or you’ll have to get out the mop.)
Pedialyte “cocktail”. My four year old actually asks for this as a “Juice Cocktail”, which makes this upset stomach home remedy more like fun than medicine. Pedialyte is pretty gross and a lot of children won’t touch it, but it is important to keep them hydrated while they are sick. (Even WebMD agrees – click here for their thoughts). Just mix a juice such as cranberry with the Pedialyte to taste. You can also make popsicles out of this for them. Small sips of juice can help with nausea and other upset stomach symptoms. Just remember not to use anything acidic like orange juice or grapefruit juice, which will aggravate an already upset stomach.