Newborns often suffer from constipation and colic. How to save the baby from pain? Is it really necessary to torture him with enemas, candles and make him drink laxatives? The safest and proven method - dill water for newborns. How to prepare this medicine? And is it really better than expensive pharmacy counterparts?
Home pharmacist: how to make dill water?
Dill water in pharmacies is prepared not from dill, which is added to salads and soups, but from its “relative” - fennel. It’s impossible to buy it at once: as the shelf life of the water is small, it is prepared only to order (the average price is 150 rubles per 100 ml). You can buy fennel seeds and make this medicine at home. How to make some dill and what is needed for this? Here is the easiest recipe:
- Take a ceramic container.
- Grind in a coffee grinder 3 g (1 tsp) dry fennel seeds.
- Pour the seeds into a container, pour 1 tbsp. hot water.
- Keep the composition in a water bath for 20 minutes.
- Insist about 45-50 minutes.
- Strain through cheesecloth.
- Keep in the fridge no more than 5 days.
Instead of seeds, you can use fennel essential oil. It can also be purchased at a regular pharmacy. The oil in the amount of 0.05 g is dissolved in 1 liter of water. This composition is stored longer: it is suitable for use for a month. Before use, it is heated so that it becomes approximately room temperature.
To prepare the composition of colic fit and fennel seeds. For infants, it is better to make fresh dill water each time. Her recipe:
- Take 1 tsp. clean seeds of dill, chop.
- Pour seeds 1 tbsp. boiling water.
- Give a couple of hours to settle.
Tea can be made from fresh dill. For this, 1 tbsp. l crushed greens pour 200 ml of boiling water and leave to infuse for about an hour. Then the composition is filtered, cooled and given to the baby.
How to give a baby such a tool?
Before you feed the baby with dill water, you should make sure that he is not allergic to such a remedy for colic. Start better with 1 tsp. water per day. If there are no adverse reactions and the baby becomes lighter, then the dosage can be gradually increased to 5 tsp. per day.
If it turns out that dill tincture does not help or, worse, causes a rash, then you will have to look for other ways to get rid of gases and spasms. But this happens very rarely (no more than 5% of kids). Usually dill water justifies the hopes placed on it.
If the baby is worried about colic, then you can give him 1 tsp. some 4-6 times a day in the intervals between feedings (half an hour after the "meal"). How to drink the newborn dill water? You need to carefully open his mouth and pour liquid from a small spoon. If he categorically refuses, then you can mix it with breast milk, so that the taste is more familiar to the newborn.
Although water has a sweetish taste, not all babies like it. Therefore, you should make sure that the baby swallowed it, and did not spit it out. Vodicka will begin to act within 15-20 minutes.
You can also make a compress from dill water. To do this, it is slightly heated, gauze or diaper moistened in this solution and applied to the tummy of the baby.
Dill water for newborns: benefits, harm and contraindications
Water from pharmacy dill - fennel - has the effect of:
Dill seeds for newborns are absolutely safe. Water from them and fennel seeds can be given from the first days of birth. It relieves intestinal colic, relieves pain, helps the discharge of gases, that is, eliminates all the problems that prevent the baby to sleep and learn about the world around. In addition, it will configure the baby's digestive system to function properly. True, it will not happen instantly, you have to wait a bit.
Although dill water is prepared from natural raw materials and does not contain any "chemistry", it is not suitable for everyone. If parents notice that the baby is even more puffed up by such a means, it means that he has an individual intolerance to fennel. Continue to give water does not make sense.
Harm dill gulls can bring only in one case - with the uncontrolled reception. Some moms start replacing this water with ordinary water. This is absolutely impossible to do! Infusion of fennel or dill should be given to the infant in doses.
What is better - dill water or pharmaceutical medicines for colic?
Not all parents want to mess with the preparation of dill water, and some simply trust more drugs, although they include all the same crushed fruits of fennel or essential oils.
The most popular drug in this series is Plantex (its analogues are HIPP tea, Happy Baby, Baby Calm). Their cost in comparison with ordinary dill water is quite high (up to 400 rubles). Maybe they are more effective than ordinary dill water for newborns? Reviews of parents say that both homemade tea and advertised drugs from the pharmacy give the same result. The only advantage is the longer shelf life of the factory medication.
Pediatricians often advise parents to use Espumizan to rid the baby of gas. This medicine (and its analogues - Sub Simlex, Simethicone) is composed of non-natural ingredients, in synthetic substance - simethicone.
What is preferred? Dill water includes only natural ingredients. It is inexpensive, time-tested (several generations of parents have been using it), it has no side effects and is not capable of causing harm. But some mothers in the reviews say that she did not help the baby to fix the chair and get rid of the swelling, while Plantex or Espumizan did such a task. The fact is that colic can be caused by different reasons. In addition, all babies are different, and the body of each of them reacts differently to the same remedy.
If we summarize all the reviews, the single winner will be dill water. This is a simple and affordable folk remedy. The main thing - to use it wisely, to comply with the recommended dosage. Parents of newborns should take into account one more circumstance: if a nursing mother does not adhere to proper nutrition, then no dill water will help the newborn to get rid of digestive disorders and colic.