Top Home Remedies for Stomach Infection
Herbs and spices can serve as such amazing home remedies for stomach infections and it also doesn’t hurt that they are easily accessible.
My daughter had a stomach infection a few weeks back. It was a very trying time for the family as she was pooping and vomiting non-stop. In a matter of days, she’d lost so much weight and became emaciated.
The hospitals we visited gave the verdict that there really isn’t a cure for stomach infection and we had to wait for it to run its course.
It was hard for me, her mother, to watch my little girl suffering. She wasn’t just pooping and vomiting, but also had intense nausea which was clearly making her uncomfortable and pain relief she was given seemed to be doing very little.
I suspected what she had was a stomach infection, but decided to search still to be sure and also for help from experienced mothers around me on the issue.
Here’s a Little Information I Garnered from My Search
Stomach infection starts a few hours to a few days after eating contaminated food. And like I earlier said, it has no known cure and usually runs it’s course for 3-7 days or 10 days for more severe cases.
Some stomach infection symptoms you should look out for include
- watery diarrhea
- a drop in appetite
- muscles pains
- abdominal pain or discomfort
- low fever
Please note that while the suffered might present with all of these symptoms, it is unlikely and most times stomach infection comes with just the very common symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and watery diarrhea.
Stomach Infection Home Remedies that Work
A person suffering from stomach infection would be losing liquid and electrolytes at an alarming rates and these would need replacement.
In my daughter’s case, I replaced her lost fluid to prevent dehydration. I also had to replace her lost electrolytes (which she was losing so fast), so I place her on an ORS solution. Thankfully, I had several satchets in the house and this became her regular drink for the next few days.
Next, I tried three of the five helpful stomach infection remedies I was given by concerned friends and they worked. Since she was already so frail and weak, I didn’t want to overwhelm her with so much at once.
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Here are the Proven Home Remedies for Stomach Infection that Work
1. Rice Water
Rice water is that white liquid you get by boiling your rice for 10-15 minutes.
This seemingly ‘useless’ water which we most times pour away comes packed with minerals, amino acids, and vitamins. It is also a great ORS alternative as it has double the electrolytes, which the body direly needs at this time.
It has been in use for centuries for replacing lost electrolytes and has other uses which include skin and hair care.
2. Ginger Tea
Ginger is another great remedy for stomach infection as it helps calm the troubled stomach.
Most people suffering from stomach infection vomit due to the severe nausea they experience. However, taking some ginger tea will help calm your stomach to bring you relief.
To make, peel and grate one large ginger then pour in a glass of cool or warm water. Allow it steep for 10-15 minutes, strain the liquid and serve.
3. Pap Water
Paper water is the liquid gotten from ground corn.
To prepare, the corn is allowed to ferment in water for 2-3 days before grounded.
Next, you mix a little of the ground corn with water, leave for an hour, and then sieve.
This water is quite medicinal as it is high in potassium and protein needed by stomach infection sufferer.
You should give a few tablespoons every hour or as much as the patient can hold down.
Other Helpful Home Remedies for Stomach Infection to Try Out
- Peppermint (to help with the nausea)
- Banana (which is high in potassium)
- Crackers and other bland foods
- A heat compress (to bring relief from the abdominal pains)
- Plain, unsweetened yogurt
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