Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tea and Sympathy

As babies go, my Little One was pretty easy. Happy and with a sweet disposition, we never had to endure the unendurable hours of crying that colic can produce. But I know Mamas who have.

In Anahad O'Connor's "Really?" column in yesterday's New York Times, O'Connor explores the age-old remedy of chamomile tea for gastrointestinal discomfort. The American Academy of Pediatrics reviewed two studies in 2007 in which chamomile tea was administered to babies with colic (control groups used a placebo tea). In one study, it seems that more than 50 percent of parents reported major improvement in their infants' colic.

That, Mamas, is major indeed. Not only in terms of improving the comfort and happiness of your baby (and your entire family) but also in terms of how much such a remedy won't cost you.

Read the whole column here for all the details, including how to check for rare chamomile allergies.

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