Chamomile: The Wonder Herb
I absolutely love Chamomile tea for babies. When my daughter Brianna was a few weeks old she was crying every evening at the same time (characteristic of gas/colic). We tried everything: rocking, bouncing, stroller rides, white noise, and nothing worked!
Our Pediatrician recommended giving Brianna .5oz of chamomile tea in a baby bottle. I have always heard about the wonderful benefits of chamomile tea, but had no idea that it can be given to babies. So I took my Pedi’s advice and gave it a try… Brianna stopped crying the minute I gave it to her!
I gave it to her anytime I saw signs of gassiness or discomfort and this herb worked wonders! No more crying, no more kicking her legs in pain. It was like she was new baby, I couldn’t believe how well this worked.
I gave her the chamomile tea very diluted, if you make it too strong your baby may reject it. This is my favorite chamomile tea. It is very smooth, plus it’s organic. The best part, you can get it for a great price on Amazon, a little over $4/box. Try giving the Chamomile tea a little at a time to see how your baby tolerates it. Although I have never heard of any dangers, please check with your Pediatrician before you take any of my advice.
Colic, gas, sore tummy
Chamomile tea can soothe a colicky or gassy baby. Although colic has no identifiable cause, it can stem from gastrointestinal discomfort. Chamomile has long been a remedy for intestinal spasms so that’s why it works great for colic. It has been used for centuries and has a long track record for safety. In one of two clinical trials published by the American Academy of Pediatrics “68 healthy term infants who had colic (2 to 8 weeks old) received either herbal tea (German chamomile, vervain, licorice, fennel, balm mint) or placebo tea (glucose, flavoring). Each infant was offered treatment with every bout of colic, up to 150 mL/dose, no more than three times a day. After 7 days of treatment, parents reported that the tea eliminated the colic in 57% of the infants, whereas the placebo was helpful in only 26% (P<0.01). No adverse effects were noted in either group.”
There are huge differences in gas, colic, and simple tummy troubles. Some babies even have sleep troubles, such as not being able to fall asleep on their own, and appear to have gas pains. The crying is very similar to the crying of gas or tummy issues. Learn more about gas, colic, and sleep troubles.
Chamomile is also known for its soothing and relaxing properties. It is used as a natural sleep aid. So not only will it soothe a gassy baby but help your baby relax. Babies need their sleep just as much as we do. This herb can help relax an inconsolable baby so both of you can be happy. If you need more help, see how I can help your baby sleep through the night!
No need to use dangerous over the counter teething gels. The FDA issued a warning against the use of those products anyway. Chamomile is great for teething. Soak a clean washcloth in the tea and let your baby gnaw on it. The soaked washcloth can also be frozen for an added benefit. It also does wonders for teething when given to drink. 1-2oz should be enough depending on the age of your baby. The relaxing property of the herb will help take the edge off the teething pain naturally.
Buy a Sassy Strawberry or Grape Teether. You can put ice cubes in it, dip it in the chamomile tea, and put it back in the freezer for a couple of minutes. This works great for teething!
Studies have also confirmed that Chamomile has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, anti-allergenic properties. However, because I strongly suggest those types of serious conditions be investigated by your pediatrician, I will not even include the uses of Chamomile in such conditions. I do not advocate any home treatment of infections, rashes, or fevers etc. I’m just simply sharing the endless wonders of Chamomile with you.
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Violet Giannone of Sleep, Baby, Sleep® is a Registered Nurse and Baby Sleep Consultant who offers personal consultations to guide you and answer all your baby sleep questions in order to ensure that your little one is getting the sleep that a growing baby needs. Believing there is no “one size fits all” advice for helping a baby sleep, she offers personal sleep plans and consultations that take into consideration your baby’s age, sleep history, temperament, and individual circumstances.