Julianne - posted on 12/13/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )
When babies cry, we assume it is natural. Often, these infants cry for want of mother's milk. This is normal and there is nothing to be anxious about. Crying is the only medium by which babies can convey their needs. In fact, doctors say that crying is beneficial for the baby. However, in some cases, the crying does not seem to stop. This indicates that the baby is experiencing some sort of discomfort. Now, is there any away to stop a baby's endless cries in such a situation? Well, chamomile tea has come to the rescue, during such circumstances. Read more on health benefits of chamomile.
Chamomile Tea for Babies
Babies that cry longer than 3 hours are said to be colicky infants. Although the exact cause behind uncontrolled crying is still not known, doctors, after doing extensive research, are of the opinion that this unusual behavior may be due to an upset stomach (digestive issues). Chamomile tea provides healing properties and has been used for years to get restful sleep. It is also used to relieve stress and anxiety. No wonder, a recent research revealed that over 1 million cups of chamomile tea are consumed daily. Many people drink it before going to bed as it promotes sleep. Read more on chamomile tea benefits.
As mentioned before, babies crying endlessly may be because of stomach problems such as gastrointestinal discomfort. As the pain subsides due to intake of chamomile tea, the baby may soon stop the crying that is unbearable to parents. Studies have shown that chamomile tea for babies has been quite effective in putting an end to episodes of colic. Lukewarm chamomile tea is a good remedy for common stomach ailments in babies. This herbal tea will soothe the pain and relieve stomach discomfort.
Quantity of Chamomile Tea for Babies
Chamomile tea (warm and not hot) when given in small amounts to colicky babies can benefit in decreasing stomach pain. Intake of chamomile tea can improve the digestive system, thereby relieving stomach aches. However, there is no need to feed a cup of tea to the baby. 2-3 ounces of tea, in most cases, is enough to alleviate the pain. Overfeeding the tea is certainly not recommended to ease bouts of colic.
Is Chamomile Tea Safe for Babies?
An upset tummy in babies and toddlers can surely be brought under control by giving them chamomile tea. But many parents are concerned about the safety of their baby and often ask 'will chamomile tea cause any adverse effects'? Believe it or not, allergic reactions (skin rashes) associated with the use of chamomile tea are a rarity. To keep side effects at bay, parents need to ensure that chamomile tea is made from the purest form of the chamomile herb. So, it is essential to buy the herb from a trusted source.
Read more on:
* Facts About the Chamomile Plant
* Growing Chamomile: How to Grow Chamomile
Instead of giving over-the-counter medicines, the use of chamomile tea for babies is a better option. Chamomile is one of the few substances that can be given to babies with an unsettled stomach. When chamomile tea for (colicky) babies is given 3 times in a week, bouts of colic may not be noticed after a month. This herbal tea is definitely by far the safest remedy to stop a baby's colic problems.