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A: Tummy trouble in infants and young children is often caused by painful gas, bloating, overstimulation, introduction to new foods, food or drink intolerance, food sensitivities, teething, and it can even be brought on by nerves.
Children are particularly susceptible to discomfort caused by gas as their delicate digestive systems develop and learn to move gas through their digestive tracts effectively.
If a child has persistently painful or extreme gassiness, it should be brought to the attention of your doctor, as it could be the sign of a more serious medical problem.
Q: What are my options for treating tummy aches naturally?
A: Burping your baby thoroughly will reduce the amount of air in the stomach, so that it does not pass on to the intestinal tract. There are various physical therapies to relieve gas, such as baby massage, which may prove somewhat effective in helping baby to release gas. Simply applying light pressure on the tummy can soothe and help.
If this does not work, there are several treatments available for upset stomach. As always, you should consult your pediatrician first before giving baby any medications, remedies or supplements.
Homeopathic formulas can be an excellent choice for treating infant gas symptoms. In general, homeopathic medicine is allergen-free and side-effect-free.
Gas drops are an orally administered over-the-counter liquid medication designed to relieve discomfort from gassiness, bloating and abdominal pain caused by trapped gas.
While many brands of gas drops contain the synthetic drug simethicone, Tummy Calm® is the only homeopathic liquid formula and does not contain any simethicone. Your pediatrician may recommend either simethicone or Tummy Calm.
Gripe water and probiotic drops are also used to treat gas and digestive discomfort in some children, especially babies and toddlers.
Q: How do homeopathic treatments work?
A: Conventional drugs rely on strength to overcome symptoms, which often causes side effects and toxicity. Homeopathy is unique in that it utilizes minute doses of natural ingredients to stimulate the body's self-healing abilities. Millions of children around the world take homeopathic medicine, as recommended by their health care practitioners.
Unlike herbs, vitamins and other supplements, homeopathic medicine is regulated in the United States by the FDA under the same strict standards as drug products. The individual ingredients have undergone extensive clinical testing to substantiate their safety and effectiveness, in order to be listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS).
Because of this drug classification, homeopathic medicine is labeled with clear indications for its therapeutic effects.
Our homeopathic remedies are derived from traditional European formulations. Each remedy included has proven beneficial in numerous testings and has been selected for its gentle effectiveness and safety.
Q: My 14 month old has terrible night time gas. She tosses and turns for up to two hours some nights. I don't know what to do, my doctor says it's teething but my gut says no.
A: At 14 months, your daughter is surely being introduced to new foods, which could be causing excess gas and other abdominal discomfort.
Unlike food allergies, a food sensitivity takes longer to manifest itself--up to three days after eating the food--so, it's a little trickier to pinpoint. However, the symptoms are not as potentially severe as those of an allergic reaction. Food sensitivities can result in nausea, stomach pain, gas, cramps, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, headaches, irritability, or nervousness.
If you suspect that your baby has food sensitivity, you will want to eliminate from your diet the foods that you believe are unsettling your baby's stomach or causing visible symptoms such as rashes.
In the case of an older child, you'll want to start making a list of all the foods that she consumes--no matter how small the amounts--and how these foods affect her. Jot down any physical symptoms or consistent, undesirable changes in her behavior. We created a free online gas journal so that parents could more easily pinpoint their child’s tummy trouble triggers. http://tummycalm.com/gas-journal.html
More questions? Keep an eye out for part 2 next week!
- Jacqueline Lawrence, President - TJL Enterprises, Inc.
When her first child was born, Jacqueline was expecting to go back to her teaching career after maternity leave. But the string of sleepless nights, constant crying, and diagnosis that her son had colic left her with no choice but to stay home until he grew out of it. It also gave her an unexpected purpose in life—she was bound and determined to find a solution to help ease his suffering.
Influenced by the experiences she had while teaching abroad in Europe, one of Jacqueline’s first instincts was to explore homeopathic medicine to remedy her son’s colic. She met with a variety of Western and Eastern doctors, consulted pediatricians, homeopaths, naturopaths, osteopaths, chiropractors, herbalists and healers of all sorts. Jacqueline combined what she considered the best of their advice and recommendations, to perfect her original formula. After she was assured that the formula was absolutely pure and safe, Jacqueline entrusted a state-of-the-art homeopathic manufacturer in the USA to make Colic Calm under strict FDA guidelines and standards. Tummy Calm was launched in May 2012 after years of research and development. Most find both products to work almost immediately, based on consumer feedback.
Jacqueline holds a B.A. in French from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and M.A. in Secondary Education from Chapman University in Orange, CA. She lives in Long Beach, California with her husband and their children.