According to a new study, ginger is an effective product to fight against acute gastroenteritis in children. This spice helps to reduce vomiting.
This should relieve many parents in distress. A study has shown that ginger was very effective in treating the vomiting of children with acute gastroenteritis.
-20% of vomiting
The trial, presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of ESPGHAN, involved 141 children with acute gastroenteritis. All were aged 1 to 10 years old. After experience, the number of episodes of vomiting children treated with ginger had decreased by 20% compared to the number of episodes of vomiting children not treated with ginger. Children treated with ginger were also able to return to school faster (-28% of time spent outside school).
The researchers also established with certainty that ginger reduced the "duration" and "severity" of vomiting. Three quarters of children with acute gastroenteritis suffer from vomiting, sometimes so intense and frequent that they prevent oral rehydration.
The gastroenteritis of the child is one of the main reasons for consultation
The potential economic gain of such a discovery is considerable. Better care for acute gastroenteritis would allow parents of sick children to return to work faster and to unclog pediatric emergencies. In Europe, gastroenteritis in children is one of the main reasons for consultation. It represents more than 87,000 visits per year to the hospital and nearly 700,000 external medical examinations. If deaths, caused by dehydration, are rare, it is nevertheless possible, as was recently the case in Montévrain (Seine-et-Marne), where a six-month-old girl tragically lost her life as a result of the disease.
Globally, acute gastroenteritis is one of the leading causes of infant mortality, with 1.34 million child deaths per year, or about 15% of all child deaths. Based on these figures, the High Council for Public Health (HCSP) recommends that children be vaccinated against rotavirus, even if this is not mandatory.
Ginger had already proven itself on the vomiting of pregnant women and adult patients undergoing chemotherapy. According to Dr. Roberto Berni Canani, "research should now focus on whether ginger could also be effective in treating the vomiting of children unaffected by acute gastroenteritis."