Half a century ago, most people used holistic health home remedies for common ailments such as ginger for upset stomachs. Certain herbs and supplements can help 'tummy aches', says a study on holistic health home remedies for certain children's stomach issues. As more parents choose home remedies for their children's gastrointestinal complaints, the question arises, which ones really work?
Kathi J. Kemper, M.D., M.P.H., a pediatrics professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and the author of the book, The Holistic Pediatrician (Second Edition): A Pediatrician's Comprehensive Guide to Safe and Effective Therapies for 25 Most Common Ailments of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, has written the cover article for Contemporary Pediatrics magazine on which herbs and dietary supplements can help children with nausea, constipation and similar gastrointestinal (GI) problems.
"What we did was look at the original research, the studies, what people were out there doing, and came up with a guide for pediatricians," Kemper said, according to the August 29, 2005 news release, Certain herbs and supplements can help 'tummy aches'. "Historically, 50 years ago, people used home remedies. Then they began relying on prescriptions, and now there is a swing back toward using more natural health products."
The article in the current issue cites chamomile as one of the most widely used and safest herbs for children with abdominal discomfort. It can be given in small amounts to treat colic in infants and can be combined with peppermint, star anise or fennel for stomach aches, gas, indigestion and bloating for school-age children, according to the article.
Ginger has been well documented as a remedy for nausea and dyspepsia
Probiotics, such as yogurt, have been used to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea, newborn colic, ulcerative colitis, and a variety of forms of diarrhea. On the other hand, the article says that star anise should be avoided for colicky infants. The article recommends further study of herbal products for children and greater communication between patients, parents and pediatricians on these topics. Kemper, a Brenner Children's Hospital pediatrician who is the Caryl J. Guth Chair for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, wrote the article with Paula Gardiner, M.D., a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School.
If you're one of the thousands of parents who feel frustrated and overwhelmed by the different kinds of medical advice you're getting from doctors, homeopaths, and others, then you will find comfort -- and answers -- in this comprehensive guide to integrative medicine for children, says the publisher's description of the book, The Holistic Pediatrician. Dr. Kemper's book incorporates the best of both mainstream and alternative medicine to aid parents in dealing with the most common childhood health problems. From ear infections to allergies, fevers to diaper rash, colds to bedwetting, this invaluable guide provides factual advice that aims to heal the whole child, rather than espousing one medical philosophy or another.
Based on scientific evidence and written in commonsense language rather than medical jargon, The Holistic Pediatrician is one place parents can turn for authoritative and empowering advice on all aspects of their children's health after first getting their children's illness diagnosed by the family's health care team to make sure what the child has doesn't require other types of solutions beyond what holistic health remedies are capable of with probiotics, supplements, herbs, or spices, changes in diet, or other natural alternative and holistic solutions to problems.
Make sure your child isn't suffering from a problem that requires life-saving action before you turn to home remedies or changes in foods that are causing allergies. You need to be sure the problem isn't diabetes or other situations that are acute such as a ruptured organ, sepsis, or rapidly growing tumors.
If your child has a tummy ache or allergies, gas, indigestion, and bloating, perhaps change in food or environment can help such as avoiding gluten in certain grains and corn or wheat products or any other issue known as a common ailment. And if meditation to relax might help, check out the article, "Finding right meditation technique key to user satisfaction." In the meantime, it's a good idea to know what home remedies have worked in the past for which common ailments.