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What kid hasn't uttered the words, "My tummy hurts!" And what parent hasn't lamented about what to do about it? Abdominal pain causes come in many shapes, sizes and intensities, but if your belly is aching, relief is in order. Many over-the-counter remedies are available for relieving abdominal pain and discomfort. One isn't necessarily better than another; it all depends on what works for you or your loved one.
Some examples include:
Another age-old remedy is placing something warm on your belly, like a hot water bottle, heating pad or herbal wrap. The gentle effect of heat brings relaxation to muscles that may be in spasm, effectively easing the pain. Some more acute, cramping types of abdominal pain respond well to massage or writhing, pressing or contorting the body to offer a counter pressure to the spasm. This causes a contract/relax type mechanism where a muscle contraction is created in order to allow a greater degree of relaxation when the contraction is released. Other home remedies for abdominal pain or distress include sipping chamomile tea, cola, ginger ale or lemon-lime soda. Perhaps it's the bubbles, the combination of herbs, or just the fact that they are a soothing liquid.
Of course, if your abdominal pain is sharp and unrelenting, is worse when you press on your belly, or is accompanied by a high fever and vomiting, medical attention is indicated. You can get the help you need by using the MyBlankHurts.com free clinician finder to locate a clinician in your area.