How Does Fennel Water Relieve Infantile Colic?
The anti-colic property of fennel water makes it beneficial for babies with gastrointestinal disturbances. Fennel water is an excellent preparation for babies and children with stomach pain and digestive weakness. Colic or stomach pain is common among babies and flatulence or gas is the major cause of colic.
Studies have found that fennel water is a safe remedy to relieve spasm, colic, abdominal pain, gas, flatulence and bloating in infants. (1)
Healthy compounds present in fennel water help the gastrointestinal tract to relax and thus reduces colic symptoms in babies such as burping and hardening of the tummy. Fennel water alleviates the discomfort associated with it and helps to get rid of gas and flatulence.
Essential oil present in it regulates the movement of smooth muscles of the intestine and reduces the production of gas in the intestine which is otherwise one of the important causes of colic. (2)
Furthermore, consumption of fennel water lowers the sensation of heaviness in the stomach. It reduces the intensity of colic and improves digestion too.
An active component of fennel water is ‘Anethole’. This active compound has its structure similar to a natural chemical present in the body called ‘dopamine’. Dopamine has a soothing effect on the gut. Thus, Anethole acts similar to dopamine and helps in the management of pain, discomfort, and spasms in infants. (3)
How to make fennel water for your baby
- Boil one teaspoon fennel seeds in 200-250 ml water for 2-3 minutes.
- Strain this water and allow it to cool.
- Strain once again before giving this water to your baby and make sure no fennel particle is present in the water.
- Give small doses such as 1-3 teaspoons at a time.
Note: Consult your doctor and dietitian before starting with fennel water.
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