How to choose suitable tea for your baby? The time to introduce tea in the infant diet, as well as solid food, is recommended not to be before the 4th month of its life. The best tea should be prepared from dried fruit or floral fruits (pomegranate, hibiscus, apple). It is recommended to avoid a mixture of tea (often contain additional flavorings and dyes that may cause allergic reactions). It is important to know how to prepare tea for infants and children: -Tea is always prepared with boiled water. This is the first rule! -The holding of tea ingredients in water should be halved (reduced to half of the recommended cooking time) -Tea temperature must not exceed the normal temperature of children’s meals (26-36 ° C) -Sweetening tea generally is not recommended, however, for children older than one year, for a cup of tea it is sufficient to add ½ teaspoon of honey or sugar. The positive effects of tea are well known. Tea contains a high content of various antioxidants and has an antimicrobial effect. On the other hand, the teas can have side effects, of which the most famous hampering the absorption of iron and the occurrence of possible allergic reactions.
Chamomile (lat. Matricaria chamomilla) and Mentha (lat. Mentha longifolia) Chamomile and peppermint are often known as folk “medicines for all.” The beneficial effects of chamomile helps with many ailments: colic, constipation, and even high fever, and the effects of mentha are more oriented to the alleviation of symptoms of the gastrointestinal system. Both tea have calming effect, and are recommended to be given to children diluted and unsweetened, best before bedtime. The introduction of herbal drink mint is recommended after 1 year of age.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) tea is a traditional remedy for colic, and some research suggests that fennel tea may help reduce colic symptoms. A breastfeeding mother can drink it. Fennel helps relax the gastrointestinal tract and get rid of gas. There is a report, however, that two infants suffered neurological damage when their mothers used an herbal product that contained fennel, among other ingredients.
Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) helps soothe the digestive system, and can be used as a tea. You can also combine the powdered bark with water and make a slippery elm “gruel,” similar in texture to instant oatmeal. Check with your child’s pediatrician first before using slippery elm gruel in your child’s diet.
Some supplement manufacturers make products specially formulated for infants. These products often contain herbs like chamomile (Matricaria recutita), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). Ask your child’s pediatrician to determine the right dose for your child. Do not give these herbs to your child on your own. Some people are allergic to chamomile.
Other herbs that may help calm the baby or reduce gas include linden (Tilia cordata), catnip (Nepeta cataria), peppermint (Mentha piperita), and dill (Anethum graveolens). Ask your child’s pediatrician to determine the right dose for your child. Do not give these herbs to your child on your own.