1. Sip Chamomile Tea

Give your child a cup of chamomile tea (one cup of water per teabag). Chamomile tea is an excellent home remedy for uncomplicated stomach upsets because it possesses anti-inflammatory and sedative properties, all of which may contribute to a lessening of abdominal discomfort. Chamomile relaxes the muscle of the upper digestive tract, easing the contractions that move food through the stomach and small intestines; this will relieve spasms and tummy cramps.

2. Drink Ginger

While it's a good idea to generally steer clear of carbonated drinks for kids, it's okay to give your child a ginger beer if their tummy is hurting. However, fresh ginger tea is even better because it's chock-full of ginger (and healthier). Ginger's main ingredient is gingerol, a strong antioxidant that helps decrease the production of free radicals and their potential damage to the body; it also decreases nausea and discomfort. Plus, ginger's anti-inflammatory properties increase digestive juices and neutralize stomach acids.

3. Reach for Peppermint

Peppermint tea is also refreshing and can ease the pain of a tummy ache. Peppermint has been shown to have a calming effect on the stomach muscles. Peppermint has the ability to improve the flow of bile, which the body uses for digestion. If your child refuses to drink tea, a peppermint lolly, while not as potent, may settle her stomach (just don't give these lollies to babies or young children, as they can be choking hazards) and make sure you keep an eye on your child while they are sucking on the lolly.

4. Apply Heat

Placing a hot water bottle or heating pad on your little one's tummy while he's sitting or lying down should relieve some of the pain. Heat increases the blood flow to the skin surface, which can diminish the perception of pain coming from deeper in the abdomen.

5. Rub the Foot, Using Reflexology

There are thousands of nerves in the feet and hands that, when specific techniques are applied, can cause the entire body to relax and feel calmer. The tummy region corresponds with the centre arch of the left foot. Using a reflexology technique, hold your child's left foot with the palm of your right hand and with your left hand under the ball of the foot, apply a steady, even pressure with your thumb.

Use a forward, caterpillar-like motion (press one spot, move a little forward, and repeat) to go across the foot. Switch hands and repeat from right to left, with the thumb of your right hand, and continue until you cover the centre of the arch.

Have you got any of your own tips to add to help an upset tummy?