When it comes to treating a sick child at home, a lot of moms have quick fixes that do wonders to alleviate aches and pains.
We asked registered massage therapist and pediatrician Carmela San Luis de Lara, M.D., to share some doctor-approved home remedies that could help worried parents make their ailing child feel better.
1. Constipation “My daughter was constantly constipated when she was around 2 to 3 years old, so I always tried to include an oatmeal breakfast and a slice of papaya or ripe mango in her menu to add fiber,” shares Loris Villarente-Acosta, post-graduate student and stay-home mom to 6-year-old Lucille.
Dr. de Lara advises giving pineapple, prunes, prune juice, and apple juice, which are good laxatives, too.
Corn syrup is also effective. Mix one to two tablespoons of corn syrup with milk formula and give to constipated babies aged 6 months and up.
2. Colic Massage the tummy with a thin layer of oil such as manzanilla. “A study [found that] fennel seed oil eliminated colicin 65 percent of infants—it was found to reduce spasms and increase the motility of the small intestine,” Dr. de Lara explains.
Acosta shares another trick: place your child with colic stomach-down on your lap. “The child’s tummy should be positioned on top of your legs para medyo napipisil. Then cup your hands and gently pound the child’s back so she can pass gas. This usually works on my daughter and my 4-year-old niece, Zia,” she confides.
3. Nausea and Motion Sickness Ginger juice is best for kids suffering from motion sickness. Boil a quart of water for 20 minutes, add chopped ginger root and a little sugar to taste. Let cool, then give to the ailing child.
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