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By Helena Crouse – excerpted from Vitalise magazine


We’ve all experienced the discomfort of feeling queasy and most moms have been overcome with panic when their little ones fall prey to tummy woes, rushing them to a pharmacy or doctor straight away. But how do we know what caused the tummy turn in the first place?

Let’s break down some of the different causes of nausea and introduce you to the perfect Sister Lilian Remedy for tummy turns: Sister Lilian NausiCare.


When any family member is nauseous

Food poisoning

Food poisoning can be life-threatening if left untreated or treated incorrectly. Symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and stomach cramps, usually appear +/-12–24 hours after food consumption. Food poisoning is generally caused by eating contaminated or insufficiently-cooked meat.

Motion sickness

Motion sickness is caused by a disturbance in the inner ear. This generally stems from repeated motion and affects your sense of balance. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea and discomfort.

Did you know?

Motion or travel sickness can be divided into five categories: sea, car, air, simulation or space sickness. Simulation sickness, the least known of the five, is generally linked to playing simulation computer games and watching 3D movies, while astronauts experience space sickness when undertaking spaceflights.

Stomach flu

Stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, is characterised by watery diarrhoea, vomiting, headache, fever and stomach ache (cramps), and usually lasts 1–3 days. It’s mostly caused by viruses and bacteria.


Morning sickness is caused by hormone changes in the first trimester of pregnancy. These changes may result in nausea and vomiting, which can occur at any time of the day. The symptoms usually lessen towards the second trimester.



Sister Lilian shares a few special tips to combat pregnancy nausea:

1. Supplement vitamin B6

2. Sip ginger tea

3. Eat smaller meals more frequently

4. Commit to making one meal a day consist of only fruit.


Other causes

Tummy turns can also be a result of a fever, ‘flu’, heat stroke, stress, migraines, head injuries, Toxic Shock Syndrome and medication side-effects, to name but a few.


When baby is queasy


Moms often confuse posseting of milk with vomiting. Babies frequently have a ‘spill-over’ after feeds or when they break a wind. It’s natural.

Projectile vomiting

If this is repeated a few times, it may indicate pyloric stenosis, a serious condition where food has difficulty passing through the muscular stomach ring to the intestines.

Meningitis and encephalitis

If vomiting is accompanied by a stiff neck or headache, it might indicated dangerous conditions like meningitis or encephalitis.

Intestinal blockage or appendicitis

Vomiting is likely to occur, but will be accompanied by severe abdominal pain and a fever.


Dehydration signs in babies and children:

• Sunken fontanelle (soft place) on the top of a baby’s head (especially when younger than eight months)

• Crying and dry, sunken eyes

• Dry skin which appears loose and wrinkled (upon pinching the skin on the stomach, it doesn’t immediately spring back, but remains slightly creased and elevated)

• Lethargy

• Rapid weight-loss

• Less frequent urination.



 Always be alert when a child or baby is nauseous or unable to keep food down. As dehydration can lead to death, always consult your health practitioner if there’s no speedy resolution. Also remember the golden rule: hydrate, hydrate and hydrate! Keep up sufficient fluid-intake when queasiness strikes, it’s critical for both baby and parents.


Did you know?

You can now buy Sister Lilian Remedies products online at Your favourite and reliable remedies are now only a convenient click away.


Sister Lilian NausiCare

When your tummy does a flip flop and the world is spinning around you, you need a trusted remedy and valuable advice to get you and your baby back on your feet. Sister Lilian NausiCare is a combination complementary medicine which assists with all types of nausea, heartburn, indigestion, reflux, posseting and vomiting. A must-have for the medicine cabinet!

This Article was previously published in Vitalise Magazine.

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