According to a researcher from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center certain herbs and dietary supplements can actually relieve the children from nausea, constipation and some other gastrointestinal problems.
The researcher Kemper, had looked at the original research, the studies, what people were out there doing, and came up with a guide for pediatricians.
According to the research findings, 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 stomachaches, gas, indigestion and bloating for school-age children.
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 research recommends further study of herbal products for children and greater communication between patients, parents and pediatricians on these topics.