A warm sip

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“My 13-year-old con­tracted some­thing last win­ter that gave her a belly­ache with vom­it­ing, so I used some­thing my mom used when I was a child: gin­ger ale,” says mother-of-two An­gela Hol­lis, M.D., area med­i­cal di­rec­tor for MedEx­press Ur­gent Care in Mars, Penn­syl­va­nia. Why it works: Gin­ger boasts com­pounds that soothe an up­set stom­ach. “While the ac­tual amount of gin­ger in the soda may be small, the car­bon­a­tion can calm an up­set stom­ach,” says Dr. Hol­lis. She makes sure the soda is warm and her daugh­ter takes small sips. “Very cold drinks can cause the stom­ach to cramp, and when you drink too fast, your stom­ach fills up, which can trig­ger more vom­it­ing,” says Dr. Hol­lis, who adds that her daugh­ter started feel­ing bet­ter in 30 min­utes.

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