Stomach cramps - what to do?
Most people suffer from stomach cramps at least once in their lifetime. The affected person has the feeling that the entire stomach area is contracting. It is not uncommon for a crooked posture to be adopted in order to relieve the region. Since the stomach cramps are very uncomfortable, help is needed quickly to relieve the symptoms. Below are a few things you can do to help with stomach cramps.
General information about stomach cramps can be found here: Stomach cramps
Treatment for stomach cramps depends on the underlying cause. If possible, this should be clarified beforehand by a doctor - especially if the cramps have existed for a long time or keep recurring.
Generally, there are different ways to treat stomach cramps. If the cramps are not caused by a serious cause, there may be several Home remedies achieve effective relief.
For example, are the abdominal cramps caused by a bacterial infection of the stomach lining (e.g. Helicobacter pylori) conditionally, so be Antibiotics and gastric acid inhibitors (e.g. Omeprazole) used therapeutically. The irritated mucous membrane can heal better because of the reduced gastric acid production. The antibiotic causes the bacteria to die.
You can also anticonvulsant medicines (e.g. Buscopan) can be used to fight the cramps. These are often available over the counter in pharmacies.
Also Painkiller can be used temporarily against stomach cramps, however, it should be noted that most conventional painkillers attack the stomach lining and can therefore be counterproductive for stomach cramps.
Ultimately, it is essential for stomach cramps that Figuring out triggers. If certain foods have been consumed previously, if there has been a lot of stress recently or if another trigger can be identified, this should be avoided if possible. In the case of stress, it is important to find a balance, as this is the only way to prevent recurring stress-related stomach cramps.
For more information, see: Medicines for stomach pain
Home remedies for stomach cramps
In the case of stomach cramps for which there is no more serious cause, it is always a good idea to try to get the symptoms under control with home remedies.
A simple but very effective home remedy for stomach cramps is Hot water bottle. This should not be too hot, but pleasantly warm and applied to the epigastric region become. Alternatively, a Cherry stone pillows or warm wraps can be used. The heat loosens the cramped muscles and promotes blood circulation. Often the symptoms can be significantly improved as a result.
Also like to be used Herbal teas (see also: Gastrointestinal tea). Above all, they help with stomach cramps Chamomile, fennel, caraway, licorice root and mint tea. On the one hand, the warmth also has an antispasmodic effect on the teas, on the other hand, plants like peppermint a antispasmodic effect. Also ginger tea is often used for stomach problems.
If the person concerned also suffers from heartburn or excessive gastric acid production, peppermint tea should rather not be used, as the muscle that separates the esophagus and stomach is also loosened more by peppermint. It can make heartburn worse.
The plants that can be used as a tea against stomach cramps are often also available in other preparations. For example in the form of Caraway seed oil or fennel drops. These preparations can also be taken for stomach cramps.
Another well-tried remedy for various digestive problems and stomach cramps is Healing earth. This can be taken in capsule form or as a powder and has a calming effect on the gastrointestinal tract. Healing earth can also be used for wraps. To do this, it is mixed with warm water or herbal tea and applied to a cloth. This is then - like a hot water bottle or a cherry stone pillow - placed on the stomach area.
It is also important to stop for stomach cramps easily digestible diet to pay attention. High fat foods and sweets should be avoided. The same goes for alcohol, cigarettes and coffee. These only irritate the stomach more. Instead, well-tolerated foods should be consumed, for example steamed vegetables, broth, potatoes and rice. The foods should be preferred to several small meals a day be divided so that the
The gastrointestinal tract is not overloaded with large amounts of food at once.
More information can be found here: Diet for indigestion
Further information on the subject can be found at: Home remedies for stomach cramps
What to do with the child
In children who suffer from stomach cramps, it is first of all important to have the Find out the cause of the discomfort. Especially if the cramps persist for a long time or are accompanied by other symptoms, this is the Go to the pediatrician always the right decision.
When it comes to harmless stomach cramps, home remedies can also be very effective in children. A Hot water bottle, a cherry stone pillow or warm compresses on the stomach area can work wonders. Before medication is used, such home remedies should definitely be tried. Also Herbal teas, healing clay, honey or other home remedies can help children with stomach cramps very well. If home remedies are unsuccessful, then at the latest you should see a doctor. He can prescribe antispasmodic medication or (depending on the cause of the stomach cramps) initiate other therapy.
General information can be found at: Abdominal pain in children
What to do with stomach pain and diarrhea
Stomach pain and diarrhea are often one Food intolerance or one Gastrointestinal infection.
In the case of food intolerance, it is essential to observe carefully after which meals the symptoms appear and what exactly was eaten in each case. In this way, the culprit can usually be exposed quickly and can be avoided in the future. Complaints are then no longer to be expected. As long as the intolerable food is in the body, apart from one symptomatic treatment with warmth and anticonvulsants, not much to be done.
The same applies to gastrointestinal infections. Diarrhea drives the pathogen out of the intestine. In addition, the immune system works to eliminate the germ. A gastrointestinal infection is usually over within a few days.
In the meantime, you have to wait and take various measures to get relief. These include, for example Heat application in the painful area using a hot water bottle, cherry stone pillow or warm compresses, herbal teas (for example chamomile, fennel, peppermint, caraway) as well as easily digestible foods (Potatoes, steamed vegetables, vegetable broth, rice, and much more). If the symptoms do not subside within a few days, a doctor should be consulted to further clarify the cause of the symptoms.
What to do if you have stomach pain and nausea?
Stomach pain and nausea can have different causes. Appropriate treatment is undertaken depending on the cause.
For example, stomach pain and nausea can be caused by a Inflammation of the stomach lining caused. This is treated with gastric acid inhibitors and, if necessary, antibiotics. These drugs are prescribed by a doctor.
However, stomach pain and nausea can also be caused by one Gastrointestinal infection be evoked. This is usually only treated symptomatically and subsides on its own within a few days.
Warmth, soothing herbal teas and easily digestible food are usually sufficient therapy. Very severe nausea can also be treated with medication. However, such severe symptoms should be clarified by a doctor beforehand.
For more information, see: Stomach cramps with nausea
Duration of treatment
The duration of treatment for stomach cramps depends on the severity of the symptoms and the success of the treatment. Usually the symptoms subside within a few days. Accordingly, the therapy no longer has to be continued.
In the case of recurring stomach problems, however, a long-term treatment is recommended adapted diet. Food that is difficult to digest, high-fat foods, coffee and alcohol should be avoided. If the stomach cramps last longer than a few days, one should medical evaluation respectively. Another therapy may then be necessary. The attending physician can provide information about the duration of the subsequent therapy.