When your baby has a severe case of gas, you can become very frustrated. The fact of the matter is, she’s probably very frustrated and uncomfortable, as well.
There’s a good reason for this; your baby has gas because his digestive system is still growing and developing. Unlike older children, it’s easy for gas to get stuck in your baby’s digestive track, which can cause painful side effects.
There are some medications, such as simethicone, that are often used to treat baby’s gas. The fact is, however, you might want to steer clear of such medications. After all, while simethicone has been shown to be safe for babies, why choose an artificial solution when there are perfectly natural ones?
The good news is that there are herbs to help with baby’s gas. Here are some things to keep in mind when using those herbs to help your little one feel a little better:
Common herbs that are believed to help with gas and similar issues of the digestive system are fennel, chamomile, ginger, and peppermint.
One way to deliver those herbs is via herbal tea.
If you give your baby herbal tea, you need to be very careful of the temperature. It should be no warmer than formula you’d feed her.
You should start your baby on small amounts of herbal tea to begin with. One ounce is a good starting point. This helps you determine whether your baby might have a reaction to the tea.
If your baby doesn’t have a reaction to the tea, you can generally give your baby about four to six ounces of tea a day. More than that may keep him from being hungry when it’s time to eat.
Of course, you should discuss any herbs or natural remedies with your doctor before you administer them to your baby. There may be specific health concerns that apply to your baby that you need to be aware of.
There are also a number of other natural ways you can try to relieve baby’s gas, including probiotics. Some parents even use aromatherapy to try to address baby’s gas.