Last week we had been fighting constipation. And we finally found out that the only thing that worked for our girl was Chia seeds. Well, they ended up giving my poor girl a gassy tummy. Mom guilt anyone? I was releived that she wasn’t in pain from the constipation, but the pendulum swung as far as it couldn’t the other direction.
She woke up an hour after going to bed quite upset. I admit that I was frustrated, I really needed a break. It was 7pm and I was begging for a nap. Instead of looking at my sweet babe and tending to what I observed, I immediately chocked it up to the following:
– separation anxiety
– wonder week: she is about to start walking
– nightmare: maybe? I don’t know. Do they have them this young?
After trying to rock her and failing, I took a deep breath. I turned off the sound machines, and just talked to her. I asked her some questions, and really wanted her to know that she wasn’t a problem that I was trying to be done with. She’s my daughter, and she is worth every hour of sleep I do not get. We both collected ourselves, and wiped away the tears.
During our “conversation”, I then found out she was gassy. Quite gassy. We no longer kept gripe water in the house, but I remembered that the main idea behind gripe water is ginger, fennel, etc. “Ok…” I thought. “Ginger tea, there has to be something with ginger in this house…”
Amen, hallelujah, praise the Lord. I found ONE bag of Trader Joe’s Ginger Turmeric Tea. It’s made up of ginger (duh), turmeric (double duh), licorice root, orange peel, orange oil, and black pepper. This was a long shot…black pepper? Ugh, she is NOT going to drink this. But, it’s definitely worth trying.
I steeped the tea in about 6oz of water for a long time. The box suggests 3-5 minutes and I probably did 10. I also squeezed the tea bag. I really wanted to get it concentrated. Awhile back I read that while herbal tea is great for toddlers, it needs to be diluted a little more than what’s reccomended on the box. My plan was to use the concentrated tea for a few servings. I knew I needed to make it more appealing by mixing it with other yummy liquids, and….
GUYS! She drank it. Every last drop. Didn’t even bat an eye! We snuggled in Mama’s bed, with lots of pillows and blankets, turned on Moana, and after only half the bottle she started to burp and toot (hehe) and perk up. It settled her tummy! I’m writing this now because this recipe is too good to keep to myself.
TUMMY TEA LATTE RECIPE
2oz Unsweetened Coconut Milk
2-3oz Trader Joe’s Ginger Turmeric Tea
1-2oz Coconut Water
Pour all ingredients in your child’s favorite bottle/cup.
Coconut Water and Coconut Milk are good sources of Magnesium. Magnesium is a natural anti-acid. If your child prefers almond milk, cashew milk, etc then feel free substitute. I do not however reccomend cow’s or goat’s milk as the lactose can cause even more gas. I’m also curious if the ginger would curdle traditional milk.
I prepped another tummy tea latte, so that if she wakes up at 2am or 7am fussy it’s ready to go. (Please be 7am!!)