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Mint Tea for babies?

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LAURENMS
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8/17/04 7:31 P

 
 
I have to agree that you should definately check with your pediatrician. I use mint tea (dried mint leaves boiled in water) a lot during my pregnancies because I'm so nauseous and it helps tremendously. I have heard of it used with babies frequently but in young babies they really should only be getting NUTRIENTS from any liquids they consume. Breastmilk has lots of calories and all the other things baby needs. Mint tea does not have ANY calories and few vitamins. If baby fills up on mint tea and won't take breastmilk then you will likely see problems with weight gain and nutrition. Like some of the other women have pointed out--there are lots of ways to soothe a baby. Massage, baths, gentle music, white noise, secure swaddling, various holding positions, breastfeeding, sling-wearing. Mint tea would be one of my last resorts, and then I would only use a half an ounce or so so that it would not disrupt eating habits. But DEFINITELY check with the pediatrician/care provider first. That's what I would say : )

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8/17/04 4:45 P

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Basically, at 12 weeks I would ask the pediatrician about anything a baby consumes besides breastmilk or formula.

My pediatrician didn't even want Abby to have water for a long time just for the simple reason that water would fill her up instead of breastmilk.

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8/17/04 2:36 P

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Okay, I've found something, after a little research. First, other than boiling mint leaves, you may purchase it in other forms, from mint oil, ointments, to pills. (Just including that for "gee wiz" knowledge). Mint is used a rub for babies, an oral laxative for adults, and a relief for nausea for HIV patients.

The American Botanical Society has put out an indepth analysis of mint (since we all know the FDA won't touch herbs). Here's what they have to say:

Contraindications

Internal: Obstruction of the bile ducts, inflammation of the gallbladder, severe liver damage. To be used only after consulting a physician.

External: For infants and young children, mint oil-containing preparations should not be used on areas of the face, especially the nose.

Side Effects

Sensitive people may experience stomach disorders.

Here's a patient insert online for peppermint: http://www.patienteducation.com/ne
ws/peppermi.pdf


It has a wealth of information.

I hope this all helps. Just becuase it's natural, doesn't necessarily mean it's safe and I think you're wise for second-guessing it. Good luck ;)



DBROADWAY
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8/17/04 2:09 P

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There is actually a mint tea that you can purchase everywhere. It's not purely mint. I have some in my cupboard. I'm really interested in this subject now, and I'm going to see if I can find something on just pure mint in boiling water. I know camomile has all kinds of side effects, I just read about it. But I've heard nothing about mint leaves. ;)

Edited by: DBROADWAY at: 8/17/2004 (14:11)

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8/17/04 8:56 A

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Mint leaves is not caffienated. It is just a few leaves of MINT that you boil in water for a minute and then poor into a bottle. It is not real tea. It is just an old wives tell of calling it mint tea.

The mint makes the baby relax or so the peditrician says. I was just wondering if anyone else used it or heard of it.




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DBROADWAY
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8/17/04 4:49 A

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A good daily routine and a lavendar bath at the end of the day would do the same thing. Or you could get books on baby massage, which is more of a holistic approach and additionally adds the benefit of bonding time with your baby! ;)

Edited by: DBROADWAY at: 8/17/2004 (14:01)

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8/12/04 9:40 A

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My friends just took mint leaves and boiled it for like 1 minute, and then poured the water in his bottle. I will definately ask the peditrician after the little on makes his entrance :)



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8/12/04 12:59 A

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I saw stuff like that when getting the gas drops. What I've read though is that you should check with your pediatrician because they aren't approved by the FDA.

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8/11/04 12:57 P

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I wouldnt think that tea would be good for babies. I havent heard of it before.


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8/11/04 12:44 P

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A friend of mine had a baby that is now 12 weeks old. WE went over to visit and they were giving him "mint tea" and said that it was calming and soothing for babies and really good to relax them at night and her peditrician recommended it.

You guys ever heard of this?




Mommy to three --Taylor is 7, Mikayla is 5, and Jacob is 6 months and was born 6 weeks early but doing great! He now weighs 15lbs and 15 ounces!! He is my chunker!!


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