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Chamomile Calms

The tea that helps you take the edge off can do the same for your baby, too.

A traditional treatment for digestive flare ups and insomnia, chamomile tea can be used with your baby as a compress to ease stomach trouble.

To make a compress, add two to three organic chamomile tea bags to a bowl of hot water and steep. Soak a cotton cloth in the chamomile infusion, wring it out, and place it on your baby’s abdomen and cover. (Make sure the cloth isn’t too hot.) To keep the compress warm, you can top it with a hot water bottle. Keep it in place for 10 to 15 minutes.

Some herbal and home remedies are purported to help with colic and sleep problems. Talk to your child’s health care provider before giving your child any home or herbal remedy. Some may contain ingredients that can be inappropriate and/or dangerous to your child. For instance, although honey may be a common remedy for the common cold of cough, it should not be given to a child under the age of 1 year, because honey can contain the bacteria that causes infant botulism.

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