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Natural Tamers for Trouble TummiesIf she ate too much halloween candy…

An antacid may ease bloating, says Donna-Marie McMahon, M.D., a pediatrictian at the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Gingera is an all-natural antacid made with ginger and baking soda ($11 for 4 ounces, hbees.com). For diarrhea, carob and cinnamon can help stop muscle spasms in the gut, says Jessie Hawkins, founder of the Vintage Remedies School of Natural Health in Franklin, Tennessee. Sprinkle 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and carob on unsweetened applesauce.

If she gets an upset stomach before a test…

She might be psyching herself out, in which case, you can help her relax by encouraging her to think of a calming memory. It could also be Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition characterized by alternating diarrhea and constipation (with gas and bloating in between) that can be aggravated by stress. Doctors aren’t sure what causes IBS, but symptoms may be eased with a diet high in fiber and probiotics, says McMahon. See a pediatrician if the symptoms begin to get in the way of your child’s daily life.

If her tummy hurts after lunch…

Figure out what she ate. If you child developed abdominal pain, bloating, and fatigue after eating a sandwich, for example, but not after having fruit and yogurt, she could have a gluten intolerance and should see her pediatrician. Her symptoms will go away on their own once she begins avoiding foods that contain gluten, such as bread, cereal, and pasta, says McMahon. If she accidentally has some, eating probiotic-rich yogurt may break down the gluten in her gut more quickly, which could help ease her discomfort.

Reprinted from KIWI Magazine

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