Home remedies for baby gastro

Infectious, gastroenteritis is the cause of 1.4 to 4 million medical consultations every winter, according to Public Health France. Does your baby have diarrhea, fever, seem dehydrated and vomiting? Undoubtedly, it is the winter gastronomy that comes out! But don’t panic, here are grandma’s natural remedies to fight this disease.

What is gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis, more commonly known as gastro, is a inflammation of the wall of the stomach and intestines. It causes diarrhea, vomiting, fever, body aches and the risk of dehydration. It is usually caused by a virus, but sometimes by a bacterium or a parasite. It is transmitted mainly through dirty hands, water and food. Although these symptoms are significant and sudden, they usually disappear after 1 to 3 days.

Grandma’s gastro remedies to hydrate Baby

Who said gastro, said dehydration… To avoid this, we suggest you try grandma’s easy and quick recipes to rehydrate your child!

Sugar water at home

In the event of gastro, your baby needs mineral salts and sugar in appropriate quantities to rehydrate. Pure water, which is neither sweet nor salty, is not recommended because it can accentuate dehydration. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drink water or indulge in any sugary drinks sold in supermarkets. Instead, prefer a homemade preparation with quantities adapted to your child. To do this, squeeze 360ml of orange juice, mix it with cooled boiled water (600ml) and add 1/2 level teaspoon of salt. Depending on the age of your little one, you will give him small amounts throughout the day. From 0 to 6 months, give 30 to 90 ml every hour. From 6 months to 2 years 90 to 125 ml per hour. Over 2 years 125 ml to 250 ml per hour. If you do not want to consider this option, you also have the option of simply giving an oral rehydration solution (ORS) sold in pharmacies. Before buying this sweet and salty drink, ask your pharmacist for advice.

rice water

Rice water is the perfect grandma remedy to hydrate your baby! In fact, the starch present in rice will make it possible slow down intestinal transit of your baby and to get energy thanks to slow carbohydrates, while rehydrating it. Thus, he can fight the disease better. To do this, boil white rice in water and let your child drink the cooled cooking water.

Clay water or clay poultice

If your baby is under 3 years old, you can give him clay water. In fact, the clay acts as a bandage and protects the intestinal mucosa. It absorbs and helps remove all bacteria. So, all you need to do is get illite ventilated superfine green clay from an organic store and follow the instructions to give it to your baby. On the other hand, from the age of 4, it is possible to apply a clay poultice to your child on the stomach and abdomen.. It will relieve his stomach pain.

Grandma’s recipes to ease baby’s gastro

Does your child suffer from stomach aches? Here are some easy-to-find recipes and natural products to relieve various baby gastro ailments:

  • Plain yogurts: Probiotics are microorganisms that repair the intestinal barrier. They can be found in particular in yogurts or in pharmacies. If you choose to turn to food supplements, it is safer to seek professional advice to choose the most suitable formula. Otherwise, you can give plain yogurt without sugar to your child, from 4 months. Be careful, however, with yogurts that contain lactose that can, in some cases, maintain intestinal inflammation during times of severe diarrhea. In order not to make a mistake, check the composition on the jar.
  • Propolis: Propolis is a resinous and gummy material that bees collect from the trunks of certain trees. It is a natural antibiotic that relieves stomach ailments. Available as a spray, chew, or as a drop to dilute in water, propolis is a real stimulant for the immune system. He can be an ally in healing. You can give it to your little one from 3 years old.

What foods for a baby with gastro?

Your baby has gastro and you have doubts about the foods he can eat? Discover some grandma recipes based on vegetables and fruits to feed your child with peace of mind:

  • Apple and quince compote: The pectin (gelling agent) in apples and quince is a natural antidiarrheal. Apple and quince act as a gastric bandage. You can feed it to your child, from 4 months, in compote.
  • Banana compote: If certain foods should be avoided during gastro, (such as wholemeal bread, beans, lentils, etc.), bananas are preferred. The fibers it contains make it possible to get water in the colon and reduce diarrhea and dehydration of the baby. From the age of 4 months, you can give stewed bananas to your baby.
  • Lemon juice with water: The best ally to fight gastro bacteria is lemon! In fact, the citric acid it contains prevents noroviruses from infecting human cells. It is a powerful disinfectant to eliminate toxins. So squeeze the lemon and mix it with cooled hot water and sugar. If your child is at least 3 years old, he can drink 100 ml per day, without abusing it.
  • Carrot puree: When properly cooked, carrots are easily digested and usually well tolerated by damaged mucous membranes in the event of vomiting or diarrhea. Thanks to the sugar and pectin they contain, they will help your child rehydrate and feed themselves. From 4 months, you can prepare a juice of well-cooked carrots.

What herbs should treat my child’s gastro?

Certain herbs, such as mint, can relieve colic and baby nausea. Here are some grandma infusions for your baby.

Combination of honey and mint against nausea

Another simple trick from grandma: the mint and honey combo. In fact, mint is known to fight nausea and bloating. So put some leaves in boiling water and add a few drops of honey. In fact, honey has shown healing and antiseptic properties. Let the baby drink, from one year.

chamomile and lemon balm

Roman chamomile is recognized in herbal medicine for its benefits in the case of heartburn, swallowing, nausea and vomiting. You can put chamomile in water and have your little one drink it.
Lemon balm is an antispasmodic herb, meaning it fights intestinal contractures and cramps. Boil a spoonful of lemon balm leaves in water and have your child drink it throughout the day. A little sweet, lemon balm helps with rehydration.
In general, it is advisable to buy these herbs from organic stores and make your own herbal tea blend. It can be consumed by children from 2 years. Teas, on the other hand, should be banned.

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