A stomachache can occur when pain is felt anywhere from below your ribs to your pelvis. It’s also known as abdominal pain or tummy aches.

The abdomen is home to vital organs including liver, pancreas, bowel, stomach and reproductive organs.

Appendicitis and pregnancy problems are examples of severe stomach aches and should be checked at first notice. However, most other stomach aches are harmless and go away on its own with time.

Stomachaches happen to everyone and often at times that we don’t expect it. Most of the time they aren’t severe health issues, but we need to relieve the pain.

When Is It Serious and when to seek help

If you experience a stomachache and any of the below symptoms, you need to visit your doctor or go to a medical facility as soon as possible:

  • Unbearable abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting blood
  • Blood in your bowel motions or urine
  • Spreading of pain or tightness to your chest, neck or shoulder
  • Pain and vaginal bleeding if you are pregnant
  • Pain in your scrotum if you are a male
  • Cold sweat
  • Skin goes pale
  • Inability to pass urine
  • Inability to pass gas

Six Home Remedies to Relieve Stomach Ache Symptoms

1. Drink something Bitter

Drinking something bitter can help relieve any nausea you may be feeling and settle down your abdominal pain. A bitter Soda is usually quite common for people to drink when having stomachaches. Look for ingredients such as cinnamon, mint or ginger.

2. Drink Apple Cider

Apple cider helps to decrease starch digestion. Apple cider promotes better gut health by keeping bacteria in the gut healthy. Apple cider does not only relieve symptoms but can also prevent stomachaches in the future. Apple cider is quite strong so if you can’t handle it at first, mix with warm water and honey and sip on it.

3. Keep your stomach warm

Keeping your stomach warm prevents further cramping of your stomach and intestines. By keeping it warm, it can rest at ease and relieve the pain. You can use a warm bottle of water, heat pad or electric blanket over your stomach while you relax.

4. Drink Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is one of the best drinks for relieving stomach aches or abdominal cramping. As it serves as an anti-inflammatory, your stomach will feel more relaxed and can prevent and reduce cramping in stomach muscles and intestines that may be causing the discomfort.

5. Peppermint

Like other bitter ingredients, peppermint is very popular for relieving stomach aches. It is known to improve cases of nausea and stomach aches as the menthol in its leaves is a natural analgesic.

Peppermint is also known as a natural pain reliever. You can add peppermint to your tea, sniffing on extracts of it, sucking on a mint candy or even chew the leaves themselves.

6. Rest

Though this may seem like the most basic, it is often overlooked. There is no quick fix to relieving stomach aches. The best way and only way for them to pass is with time.

None of the above remedies works without proper rest. So when you notice your stomach is upset, it’s time to rest until you feel better. By pushing yourself, you risk more pain and other more severe complications.

As most of these remedies are quite common practices of at home solutions for stomach aches, results may vary. Also, if any of these remedies don’t seem to work, it’s essential to seek the advice of a medical practitioner immediately. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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