Home remedies for indigestion or dyspepsia in infants and toddlers, sometimes accompanied by gas, acidity, nausea, constipation or loose motions.
Dyspepsia is a word of Greek origin meaning indigestion or difficulty indigestion. It is a common and results from dietetic errors.
Causes and Symptoms
Abdominal pain, a feeling of undue fullness after eating, heatburn, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, and flatulence or gas are the usual symptoms of dyspepsia.
Vomiting usually provides relief. What is vomited is intensely sour to the taste. Other symptoms are a foul taste in the mouth, coated tongue, and foul breath.
At times a sensation of strangling in the throat is experienced. In most cases of indigestion, the infants and toddlers suffer from constipation.
The main causes of dyspepsia are overeating wrong food combinations, eating too rapidly, and neglecting proper mastication and salivation of food.
Overeating makes the work of the stomach, liver, kidneys, and bowels harder. When the food putrefies, its poisons are absorbed into the blood and, consequently, the whole system is poisoned.
Certain foods, especially if they are not properly cooked, cause dyspepsia.
Other causes are intake of fried food, rich and spice foods; excessive smoking; intake of alcohol; constipation; habit of eating and drinking together; insomnia; emotions such as jealousy, fear, and anger; and lack of exercise.
Home remedies for indigestion or dyspepsia
Grapes: The use of grapes is another effective remedy for dyspepsia. This fruit is a light food and removes indigestion and irritation of the stomach in a short time. About 250 gm can be taken daily.
Pomegranate: One tablespoon of pomegranate juice, mixed with a tablespoon of honey, is valuable in indigestion accompanied by giddiness. This dose may be taken twice daily.
The seeds of this fruit act as a stomach tonic when mixed with little rock salt and black pepper powder.
Fenegreek: Fenugreek leaves are beneficial in dyspepsia. About fifty grams of leaves, boiled and fried in butter, are valuable in allaying biliousness. The seeds can also be used beneficially in the treatment of dyspepsia.
Mint: Mint is also very useful in correcting dyspepsia because of its digestive properties. Mint juice is a good appetizer. One teaspoon of mint juice, mixed with an equal amount of honey and lemon juice, forms a very effective remedy for indigestion and gaseous distension of the stomach.
Aniseed: The use of aniseed is also beneficial in the treatment of indigestion. An infusion can be prepared by mixing a teaspoon of aniseed in a cup of boiling water and leaving it covered overnight.
The clear fluid can then be decanted and taken with honey.
The best way to commence treatment is to adopt an all-fruit diet for five days.
The kids or toddlers may, thereafter, gradually embark upon a well-balanced diet, consisting of fresh fruits, raw and steamed vegetables, seeds, nuts, and whole grains.
The patient suffering from indigestion must always follow certain rules regarding eating.
These include not eating and drinking together; never to hurry through a meal; never to eat on a full stomach; never to sit down to a meal when worried; tired; excited, or in a bad temper; and not to eat if an appetite is lacking.