Results from a new trial have found that ginger has the potential to treat vomiting in children with acute gastroenteritis.

The trial was led by Italy’s University of Napoli paediatrics associate professor Dr Roberto Berni Canani.

Findings are based on a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial that enrolled 141 children between the ages of one and ten with acute gastroenteritis.

During the trial, the researchers compared the efficacy and effectiveness of ginger with a placebo in treating the condition.

Trial results have demonstrated that the number of vomiting events was 20% less and the number of children missing school for at least one day was 28% less in the group treated with ginger compared to placebo.

“Research should now focus on whether ginger could also be effective in treating vomiting children who are not affected by acute gastroenteritis.”

It was also proven during the trial that ginger could reduce hospitalisations and missed work days by parents.

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Canani said: “We anticipate that the results will have a great impact on future clinical practice and the advice given to parents in the treatment of acute gastroenteritis and could potentially save lives across Europe and the globe.

“Research should now focus on whether ginger could also be effective in treating vomiting children who are not affected by acute gastroenteritis.”

Various previous studies have shown that ginger is effective in treating vomiting in pregnant women and adult patients undergoing chemotherapy.

In Europe, gastroenteritis is estimated to cause over 87,000 hospital visits a year and almost 700,000 outpatient visits.

Children are prone to suffer from acute gastroenteritis within the first three years of life. Vomiting is reported in three-quarters of children suffering the condition that leads to fluid loss and oral rehydration failure, which can endanger their lives.