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The fennel plant, which looks so ugly and looks like regular dill, has many beneficial properties nonetheless.
All of its parts are edible and are used in the cosmetic industry and soap making, veterinary medicine, and medicine.
But he is especially appreciated by young mothers for the invaluable help that fennel is able to provide to children of any age with colds and other diseases. Has an antispasmodic effect, helps newborns with colic in the tummy.
Can children be natural and / or purchased?
Fennel copes so well with a number of childhood problems that it can be used safely, naturally, following age-specific instructions and dosages.
Pediatric practice recommends giving your baby tea with fennel when the baby is 1 month old.
Whether fennel can be used for newborns and how to brew it is discussed here.
Fennel is a real pantry of nutrients. The list is impressive: vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B9 and PP, antioxidant - vitamin E, ascorbic acid (up to 90%).
In addition to the above: calcium and potassium, magnesium and copper, phosphorus and sodium, iron and manganese. Fennel seeds contain essential (up to 6%) and fatty oils that give them their characteristic taste and aroma, flavonoids and carotene.
The nutritional value of fennel is as follows (content in 100 grams of the product):
- Carbohydrates - 52.3
- Proteins - 15.8.
- Fats - 14.9.
- Omega-9 - 9.91.
- Omega-6 - 1.69.
- Sterols - 0.066.
- Saturated Fatty Acids - 0.48.
Harm and contraindications
Drinking fennel drinks does not harm the child's body. The only contraindication may be individual intolerance, expressed as an intestinal disorder or allergic reactions (skin rash, rash, itching).
The recommendations are as follows:
- The first sample should be minimal - a teaspoon of the drink per day. Pediatricians warn that the transition to large volumes should be gradual: the reaction to tea may not come immediately, but after 2-3 days. Therefore, you should not introduce new products into the children's menu at this time.
- For the same reason, multicomponent drinks should not be introduced into the children's diet.
- You cannot fill the base with boiling water - it destroys half of the beneficial properties of fennel. The permissible water temperature is 80 degrees.
- The course of admission should alternate with a course of rest, otherwise the body will get used to it.
- Tea can be added to infant formula or milk, or dripped onto your baby's tongue.
A preliminary consultation with the child's pediatrician before introducing a crumbs of a new product into the diet is required!
You can learn more about the benefits and dangers of fennel for children, as well as its use in a separate article.
How to apply and for what purpose?
For prophylactic purposes or for routine use
For preventive purposes, experts advise using fresh fruits. A small spoonful of finely chopped fennel is infused in boiled water (200 ml) for half an hour, then cooled and watered to the baby in a volume of 10-15 ml.
The so-called "dill water" will help to cope with the colic of the child, which in fact turns out to be mixed with water with fennel essential oil. 0.05 oil dissolves in a liter of cooled boiled water, before use it needs to be slightly warmed up.
This composition can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. In all other cases, drinks must be prepared immediately before use.
The plant's help in treating glaucoma has been proven for a long time.... In addition, it can be dripped into the eyes or applied compresses - the antioxidants contained in the plant relieve inflammation.
Rinse fresh leaves thoroughly, chop finely, pour a glass of boiling water and leave under a lid for 15-20 minutes. Moisten cotton pads with a cooled solution and apply to the eyes for a few minutes.
To improve digestion
To stimulate digestion and improve liver function, the following drink should be prepared: mix chamomile flowers and fennel seeds in equal parts, pour a glass of hot water, leave for 15-20 minutes. First, the seeds should be crushed in a mortar, removing the outer shell.
5 grams of fresh or dried fruits are boiled for 30 minutes on low heat, the broth is filtered, cooled and given to the child 3-4 times a day (10 ml).
With the flu
To overcome the flu in a child, a mother can do the following: Pour crushed seeds (5 g) with water, cover with a saucer and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink the child for several days, observing the proportions according to age.
With a cold
The following recipe will help to cope with the symptoms of a cold: pour 2-3 grams of crushed seeds with a glass of hot water and leave to infuse for 25-30 minutes. If you have essential oil on hand, you can also use it, but the dose should be carefully measured - 0.5 g per liter.
Where to get?
You can buy the plant in the seasoning department of a large grocery store, or at the pharmacy.... The latter option is preferable: you can be sure that the collection and procurement of raw materials is carried out in accordance with all the rules, and the shelf life is strictly controlled. The stems of the plant should be firm and firm to the touch, the seeds should be brown with smooth, not dry edges, and the aroma should be fresh, with a distinctly noticeable note of anise.
A package of ordinary fennel weighing 100 grams costs 140-150 rubles. Store the plant in a glass or porcelain bowl in a dry, dark place. You cannot use polyethylene for this!
Packaged herbal Hipp (Hipp) for a child
Hipp tea contains exclusively fennel fruits. It is free of sugar, flavors and preservatives. It can also be given to newborns, but it is important to adhere to the prescribed dosages:
- For newborns, packaged herbal tea has been developed (in a package - 30 bags). The child can be given no more than 100 ml of the drink per day.
- Starting from 1 month, you can drink a drink made from fennel extract (100 grams per package). The recommended daily dose is 150 ml per day.
- After 4 months and up to a year - granulated tea with a small amount of sucrose, which is convenient to dissolve in water. Sufficient volume is 200 grams.
- One-year-old toddlers are allowed to give 2-4 teacups per day.
The drink is easy to digest and made from foods with low allergenic properties, however, judging by the reviews, in half of the cases it does not have the desired effect and parents have to resort to additional measures. The average price in Moscow and St. Petersburg is 230-250 rubles.
The composition of the Babushkino Lukoshko tea is similar to the above-described product and there are no additives. Heavily crushed raw materials are packaged in convenient sachets (1 gram of powder each) and are easily brewed.
Recommended proportions: 200 ml of water per bag per day.
“Babushkino Lukoshko” is liked by consumers for its effectiveness, affordability and natural composition. The cost of packaging in stores ranges from 90 to 110 rubles.
Excellent quality is what can be said about this product from Germany. For over 60 years, manufacturers specializing in the development of baby food have created a blend of high quality materials - cumin extracts, fennel oil and maltodextrin.
The drink has a mild pleasant taste, helps to reduce intestinal cramps and colic, reduces flatulence in the intestines. One caveat - it can be used only from the first month of a child's life.
Important! Since lactose is also included in the composition, this tea is categorically contraindicated for babies with intolerance to this substance.
For preparation, it is necessary to dissolve 1 teaspoon of the dry mixture in 100 ml of warm boiled water (up to 37 degrees) and stir well.
The carbohydrates contained in the drink, with prolonged contact with the baby's teeth, can lead to the appearance of carious formations. Price per package - from 360 rubles.
Instant tea, which is produced in pale yellow granules, or in sachets. Contains a small percentage of dextrose. It has a pleasant taste and smell, but the shelf life of an open tube is limited (2-3 months). According to the instructions, the proportions are as follows:
- Babies up to one year old need to dissolve 3.75 grams. (1 tsp) in 100 ml of warm water.
- For older children, the amount increases: 2 tablespoons per 200 ml of liquid.
The average price in pharmacies in St. Petersburg and Moscow is 150 rubles per pack.
Fleur Alpine Organic
Another tasty helper in the fight against colic. One filter bag contains 1.5 g of fennel fruits, there are 20 such bags in a package. Sugar and other excipients are absent. This tea can be given to a child from the age of one month.
How to brew for newborns: Pour a glass of hot water (200 ml) over 1 filter bag of fennel tea and brew for 5-10 minutes. It is not recommended to give more than 50 ml of tea to crumbs up to 5 months a day; in the future, the amount should be increased to 200 ml.
Attention! A child under one year old can be given drinks containing fennel daily for 2-3 weeks, after which a break for the same period is required.
The average cost per pack is 200 rubles.
Seeing the serene smile of your child is the greatest happiness for parents. Therefore, when faced with adaptation problems in new conditions for the baby, do not panic. Pay attention to the means tested by time and by many generations of dads and moms. Fennel is an irreplaceable medicinal drug, affordable and safe for your baby.