Fennel is a gentle antigas and antispasmodic and also as an antibacterial agent in the mouth. It provides relief from colic, gas and bloating. It’s also good for chronic indigestion, improving appetite, bad breath and belching. Most relevant effect of fennel tea for us in this article is its ability to relieve colic in babies. Some additional benefits include intestinal relaxation and gas relief it can provide but also the fact it can act as a mild laxative.
How to make fennel tea?
Fennel seeds are used to make fennel tea, but you can also use fennel in form of oil, syrup or honey. To make the tea, add one or two teaspoons of crushed seeds to boiling water. Cover it and steep for fifteen to twenty minutes.
To relieve colic in babies and small children you can use the following mixture: 2 parts catnip, 2 parts peppermint, 1 part fennel seeds and 1 part chamomile flower. Breast-feeding mothers can also drink this and it will take effect through her milk.
Is fennel tea safe for infants?
Short answer is: fennel is not recommended for babies. While it has its benefits, excessive or even prolonged moderate consumption can have side effects even on grownups, not to mention on babies. Their tolerance is much lower than in adults and they are much more susceptible to any type of medicine.
It’s never a good idea to try to solve your problem with medicine first. While colicky baby is certainly stressful to deal with, you should exhaust all other options before giving way to medication of any sort. And if it comes to that, you should always consult your doctor and determine the best approach.