I have been toying with the idea of a supplement on ‘home remedies for common ailments in kids’ for a while now. Honestly, I know of a lot of mums (like me) who are not in favor of popping medicines at the first sign of a health-distress. Rather, they are open to experimenting with simple ingredients that are, most often than not, found in their very own kitchen closets. So this one’s for them. And for all the others who are willing to give this a go.
Nausea and Vomiting
Children have delicate stomachs. Eating too much, too little, wrong combinations or wrong types of food can cause havoc to their insides. So firstly, if the child is feeling nauseous, it will probably be best if they vomit it out. To replenish the lost fluids, we are all aware of Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS). However, should you not have ORS handy, an ideal replacement would be something as simple as 1 spoon of sugar and a pinch of salt mixed in a tall glass of water.
In case the child does not vomit but is left with an unsettling feeling in the stomach, this is what you could do.
Boil half a teaspoon of carom seeds (also known as bishop’s weed or ajwain) plus half a teaspoon of fennel seeds in a cup of water. As the mixture boils away, the water will begin to change color (to a greenish solution) as well as evaporate to almost half its quantity. Remove from flame and allow it to cool. Let the child sip some of this water every few minutes.
- Carom seeds impart a strong thyme-like flavor. They contain the essential oil – Thymol, a chemical that aids the release of gastric juices from the stomach and hence, speeds up the digestion process.
- Fennel is an aromatic herb belonging to the parsley family. Again, it is very effective in relieving digestive problems such as indigestion, bloating, flatulence, colic, heartburn or IBS. It is for this reason that Indian households are known to serve a few fennel seeds after their meal.
That’s all for now. Be on the look out for similar traditional cures, parenting hacks and much more under ‘Mum will fix it’.
Disclaimer: These are simple home remedies that I have tried and tested on my daughter over the years. They are not to be regarded as a substitute for medicines in any way. Please refer to your medical practitioner for expert views on any health-related subject.