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15 Natural Ways to Eliminate Gas Pains in Toddlers and Children
If you have a toddler, or a young school-aged child, you already know that gas can be a real problem. Even when it isn’t a cause for concern, it certainly feels that way when they let out one of those blood curdling screams due to the pain from trapped gas.
Sometimes, toddlers get gas from medications, from being lactose intolerant, swallowing food before chewing it properly, swallowing air while eating or drinking, not drinking enough fluids, and eating foods that cause gas.
A toddler’s digestive tract is not fully developed, and this results in food passing quickly through the body. This can lead to gas and episodes of painful trapped gas.
You can usually tell when your toddler has gas; they let out those gasps of pain, then they cry but it’s usually more intense, almost frantic. They are often fussy and sometimes pull their legs up to their belly. Occasionally they don’t want to eat, or refuse to eat as much as they normally do. You might also notice a great deal more burping and passing gas than normal.
If you find that your toddler or young child is suffering from gas pains, there are plenty of natural ways to help relieve the pain and allow the trapped gas to escape naturally. If your child should continue to have gas pain for more than a few days, or if it continues reoccur regularly, consult a doctor to be sure that there is not an underlying problem that requires medical attention.
In most cases, these problems resolve themselves, but in the meantime, check out the top 15 natural remedies that you can use to give your toddler some relief.
1. Anise Seed
Anise is a popular plant that smells exactly like black licorice and it has powerful anti-spasmodic compounds that will relax the digestive track and stop cramping. Once the intestines and abdominal muscles relax, gas can pass out of the body. See if your toddler will chew on some seeds or put a teaspoon in some honey or yogurt. If your baby has colic, most find relief from soaking some anise seed in water and then giving the baby a bottle filled with the flavored water. If you are nursing, you can try chewing some anise seed yourself as it will pass into the breast milk.
Gas is sometimes caused by the improper digestion of food, which is why high fiber foods, such as beans, cause gas. Pumpkin reduces the amount of gas crated in the intestine. Serve it anyway your child will eat it, including baked, steamed, broiled, or even canned pumpkin served with a touch of honey. Most kids love the taste of pumpkin. Try serving at least a half a cup of it with each meal.
3. Peppermint Tea
This is another natural substance that is great for upset stomachs as well as easing gas pains. Peppermint oil contains menthol, which is a great anti-spasmodic. Try and offer your toddler some warm peppermint tea sweetened with some honey after meals.
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