Gastrointestinal health: what really helps with nausea and diarrhea

Well-tried home remedies for gastrointestinal complaints

Gastrointestinal infections are among the most common infectious diseases. Patients suffer from symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. In this country, some of those affected then use pretzel sticks and cola. But does this combination really help? And what other home remedies are available for stomach and intestinal complaints?

Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting

"Gastrointestinal infections - also called gastroenteritis - are by far the most common infectious diseases worldwide," writes the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) on its portal "". The most common symptoms of the disease are diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Some patients then quickly access cola and pretzel sticks. Health experts explain whether this combination really makes sense and which home remedies can help with diarrhea and vomiting.

The disease can be severe in children

As the BZgA explains, the diarrhea in gastrointestinal infections can be watery, bloody or slimy and accompanied by severe flatulence. The patient feels weak - occasionally there is a fever.

Loss of fluid can cause dizziness or a pronounced feeling of weakness.

The symptoms usually go away completely after a few days.

“Vomiting diarrhea can be difficult for seniors or people with weakened immune systems. This also applies to infants and toddlers, ”says the BZgA.

The Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) has some information about home remedies on its website that help against stomach and intestinal complaints in children.
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Drink a lot

Depending on the severity of vomiting and / or diarrhea, children can lose a lot of fluid and important salts (electrolytes).

Therefore, it is imperative, both for smaller and larger children, that they drink a lot.

There are ready-made solutions from the pharmacy to compensate for the loss of electrolytes, but the World Health Organization (WHO) also offers a simple recipe: stir six level teaspoons of sugar and one level teaspoon of salt into one liter of water.

According to the TK, children should forego the old home remedy "cola and pretzel sticks" because they are more sensitive to fluid loss than adults.

According to the health insurance company, the extremely high sugar content in cola drinks encourages the already greater amount of water to be released from the body into the intestine, so that you lose even more water.

In addition, other experts point out that cola usually even contains so much sugar that diarrhea is made worse.

TK recommends noting the frequency of vomiting and diarrhea as well as all accompanying symptoms such as fever and how much the child has been drinking in order to be able to better estimate the loss of fluid.

If necessary, consult a doctor

If the child vomits or refuses to drink, the liquid should be offered in spoons or sips.

The little ones have to drink, otherwise a doctor must be consulted immediately.

A visit to the doctor is also due for severe symptoms or if there is no improvement.

A break from eating can help

In many cases, a break from eating also helps - no drinking break! - from six to ten hours. As soon as the child has an appetite again, they can try light meals earlier.

Dieting can begin with binding foods such as carrots, grated apples, bananas, rice and potatoes.

Since fat stimulates digestion, it should only be dosed sparingly. You should also make sure that the child consumes enough calories.

For abdominal pain and vomiting, warm, warm envelopes can also help.

To do this, immerse a cloth in warm water, wring it well and lay it on your stomach. Then place a towel over it and cover the child. The following also applies here: the offspring should feel comfortable.

Home remedies not only for child patients

The TK has summarized further measures that can help - not only children -:

A home remedy for diarrhea is to rub an apple (with a peel). The liquid is bound by the pectin it contains.

A strong broth or electrolyte solutions from the pharmacy help to compensate for the salt loss.

Rice slime - in small portions throughout the day - is also recommended. Boil the slime only with water (never milk) and lightly salt, not sugar.

A pureed banana provides many lost minerals and is particularly recommended to replenish the potassium stores.

After the symptoms have subsided, tea and rusks are suitable.

An old Italian home remedy is dry risotto (rice) with grated parmesan. (ad)

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Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.


  • Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA): gastrointestinal infections, (accessed: 08.07.2019),
  • Techniker Krankenkasse (TK): home remedies for stomach and intestinal complaints in children, (accessed: 08.07.2019), Techniker Krankenkasse (TK)

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