Colic Tea for Baby – Gas Be Gone!

Colic Tea for BabiesThis year we welcomed my little nephew to the world and it has been quite the roller coaster ride. For his part Omar’s been more than fantastic mashallah, sweet natured and pretty easy going for baby standards. So when I say roller coaster, I mean a 3 person adult household all of a sudden being littered with diapers, bibs, burpy cloths… you get the idea.

However, since he was a C-section baby, we were kind of expecting a few hiccups in the GI department – plus I think ALL babies struggle with a bit of gassiness, or more like an inability to easily pass gas, as their little intestines adapt to life outside the womb.

So before we knew it we were searching the aisles for something to ease little Omar’s uncomfortable bloatiness – I know that’s not a word, but that’s what he had – and were pretty disappointed with the fact that most of the over-the-counter remedies, even the natural ones, had sweeteners like sorbitol in them! To me that’s a MAJOR RED FLAG especially since recent research suggests that a lot of the additives we once considered safe may be responsible for a rise in inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis.

So a homemade version of gripe water was looking like our best option… and after doing some surfing on the web we found a few recipes that we blended together plus making some minor additions of our own – and VIOLA we got something that worked pretty darned well for our little guy…

So if you have a baby who is suffering from gas – like we did – than this homemade Colic tea for baby can really help:

Colic Tea for Baby Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups water

3 in piece of fresh ginger

1 tbsp. fennel seed, crushed OR 2 fennel tea bags

2 camomile teabags (or 2 tsp. dried camomile)

Handful of fresh mint/ 1 pure peppermint teabag (make sure it doesn’t have black tea in it)

1 tbsp raw cane sugar or maple syrup (or to taste)

If your baby sweats when he sleeps – like my little nephew does then adding a bit of dried sage (roughly 3- 4 leaves) can help too!

Procedure:

Add ginger and fennel to water and bring to a boil, then gently simmer until it becomes a golden amber color (roughly 30 seconds). Cover and let steep for 1-2 min. Strain and keep in the fridge until ready to use. (Makes 2 cups).

You can give baby about 15 ml (1 tbsp) just before bedtime or anytime he’s gassy. I recommend using a bottle type medicine dispenser and warming it to just tepid in a bottle warmer – the same as you would for formula (test it on the bottom of your wrist to make sure it isn’t too hot). On a side note, if you are breastfeeding, this tea can be good for you too. You may also want to read up on Gassy Foods You Can Avoid When Breastfeeding.

Omar Alshazly

 

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