Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Cindy | 2011-12-19


Types of tea

My little one is just over 6 months old now and I understand that it is safe to give them Rooibos.
From the day she came home until she was about 2 months old, she suffered SEVERELY from colic. I stocked up on colic drops (used most of it apart from a few ml) and tea that is supposed to help with colic. I have quite a bit of this tea left because I didn''t give her too much of it. I would like to know if, now at 6 and a half months, I can still give her this tea just like I would Rooibos OR are there properties in them that I should avoid? Also, at this age, apart from her milk, how much tea can a baby safely consume? I heard that milk is most important and other fluids should not replace milk in take. I also heard that in very young babies, you should be careful of something called " water intoxication" . That''s also apparently why doctors say you should never dilute formula with extra water either. As you can see, I have read and heard a LOT. I would appreciate your expert opinion.
Thank you!

Expert's Reply



You are right, your baby's main source of nutrition should continue to be her milk.Now that she is 6 months old she can have a little water and tea.I am not familiar with the tea used to treat colic in babies, but would not recommend that you give it to your baby now.It may contain a natural anti-spasmodic treatment.One small bottle of rooibos a day without any added sugar is fine.You can also give her a little water once a day if it is hot.You would have to feed your baby only on water and give her very large amounts to cause the problem known as water intoxication.

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