Gastritis or gas pain is common among toddlers and infants. In fact, it often happens among adults, too. It happens when kids are too exposed to hot or cold wind, air-conditioning, too much carbohydrate, or excessive crying and laughing, basically anything that can introduce too much air into the tummy.
Sometimes, the gas collected in the tummy is released through flatulence and toddlers get quick relief. The problem occurs when the gas builds up in the tummy, but is kept there for a long time. As more gas buildup happens, gas pains occur. The baby or toddler becomes uneasy and cries due to the pain. Worse is when this happens at night when everyone loses sleep as the baby or toddler cries due to the pain.
How do you know if it is gas pain that made your baby cry? Simply tap the tummy lightly with the forefinger or middle finger. If it makes a hollow sound, it’s gastritis. If it’s a fleshy sound, then gas is not the problem. Look for other causes, like an insect bite or hunger.
So, what should you do in case of gas pains in kids? Here are some quick home remedies:
- Carry the baby or toddler and keep his back upright. Make sure his tummy is in contact with your chest, or put a hand on his tummy. The gentle warmth you emit can soften the gas and cause it to be released.
- Apply chamomile oil or manzanilla topically on the affected area—the diaphragm, center of the tummy and its sides, up to a portion of the lower chest. Manzanilla has always been an effective, quick home remedy against inflammation, muscle spasm, gastrointestinal disorders, and even hemorrhoids. Chamomile is taken from daisy-like plants or herbs. This often gives quick relief to babies and kids suffering from gas pains.
- Take the baby or kid to a warm room, or turn off the air-conditioner or electric fan.
How do you prevent gas pains in kids?
- Avoid getting too much air into the kid through the mouth. When they cry or laugh too much, air is often gulped through the mouth and collected in the tummy that later causes gastritis.
- Avoid giving them hot food or drinks, then cold food or drinks, or vice versa.
- Stop them from chewing food with their mouth open.
- When it’s humid or when it suddenly rains, immediately give the kid tap water to drink.
- As a precaution, always rub a thin layer of manzanilla on the kid’s tummy, especially when it’s humid or when the electric fan or air-conditioner is on.