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Is chamomile tea safe for babies?

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Chamomile tea is safe for children of all ages unless they have an allergy to ragweed or similar plants, according to WebMD. Chamomile can actually help to calm a child down, and is safe because it is a natural herb that is commonly used. If a baby is suffering from colic, chamomile tea can be diluted and given to the baby to relax their intestines.

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Diluted chamomile consists of one tea bag steeped for 1 minute in 4 ounces of warm, not hot, water. This can be fed to the baby in half or 1 ounce quantities several times a day from a bottle. The baby should not be given more than 4 ounces of chamomile in a single day.

If the baby is allergic to chamomile, they may develop a rash, vomit or have trouble breathing. It is important to administer the tea in small quantities, since water can quickly fill up a baby's stomach and inhibit their appetite.

With all homeopathic remedies, it is important to talk to a pediatrician first. Homeopathic treatments are not regulated by the government, so professional consultation is important. The advantage of these kinds of treatments is that they usually have fewer side effects than common medications given to children.

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