Post by Contributing Writer, Stacy
If you are the mother of a colicky baby, you know how very difficult it is to listen to your sweet one cry day after day.
Your baby is warm, dry, and well-fed, but remains distressed, uncomfortable, and exceedingly fussy. Nothing you do seems to help.
I’ve been there. It is tough. Seeing our children in pain is one of the hardest things a mother must deal with. Especially when all our efforts fall flat.
There are many suggestions when it comes to bringing relief to a colicky baby: bicycling the legs, giving a massage, and swaddling, to name a few. Fennel tea is another remedy you may wish to add to your fussy baby toolbox.
Fennel is known to relax the intestines, relive gas and alleviate general discomfort in the digestive tract. It is also acts as a mild laxative. These benefits make it an excellent choice for fussy, colicky, and gassy babies.
Fennel tea is simple to make, just add 1 teaspoon to 8 ounces of boiling water. Cover and steep for 30 minutes. Strain. The steeping time can be reduced to 10 to 15 minutes by crushing the seeds first.
A breastfeeding mother can drink this tea and pass along the benefits through her milk (an added benefit is that fennel also promotes lactation). A dropper full (about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon) may be added to a bottle of breast milk, formula, or water and given to the baby. It is also considered safe to give this tea directly to the baby in small doses. (I did all of the above at different times.)
Here is a recap of the preparation and dosage information:
For the nursing mama to drink –
1 teaspoons whole fennel seeds to 8 ounces of boiling water. Cover and steep for 30 minutes. Or crush the seeds and steep for only 10 to 15 minutes.
Drink 1 cup, 3 times a day.
For the baby –
1 to 2 droppers full (1/2 to 1 teaspoon), 3 times a day.
In An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants, Mary Bove, N.D. recommends mixing fennel with anise and dill seeds to make a tea for babies with colic or gas:
Seed Tea for Colic and Gas
1/2 teaspoon fennel
1/2 teaspoon anise
1/2 teaspoon dill seeds
Mix all in a canning jar, saucepan, or tea press. Add 12 ounces of boiling water and cover. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain.
For infants: 1 to 2 droppers full (up to 1 1/2 teaspoons), every half hour as needed.
For toddlers: 2 to 3 teaspoons, every 1/2 hour as needed.
Two of my children have been extremely colicky. I walked around in a daze for many, many months and tried numerous strategies for easing the pain my child was obviously experiencing.
With my first, I didn’t know about fennel tea, and didn’t find anything else to help. My third child drank her share of fennel tea, and I did too. I won’t say it cured her or solved all our issues, but it did help.
Hang in there. This too shall pass. I promise.
Looking back from the other side, I can see it was a relatively short time, although it felt like years when I was in it!
Do you use fennel tea for relive the symptoms of colic or gas in babies? What other suggestions do you have for calming fussy babies?
As with anything, please do your own research. The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease.
Stacy is wife to a preacher and mom to three busy children. She strives to live a healthy, happy life with God at the helm. Stacy writes about finding peace and joy at home, on her blog: Delighting in the Days.