Babies are usually pretty cute, even to this hardened Tea Sommelier. That is, unless they have colic.

hush lil babyColic is uncontrolled screaming and crying in an otherwise healthy infant can be one of the most stressful parts of raising a newborn. But luckily, there’s some help – with tea.

According to a 2007 study from the American Academy of Pediatrics, a simple, low-cost ingredient can be helpful to quell that furious infant: Chamomile.

The study involved 68 colicky but otherwise healthy infants, ages 2-8 weeks. One group received either the herbal tea (served warm or cool), and the other placebo tea. The scientists reported that each infant was offered either the tea or placebo with every bout of colic, up to about half a cup  no more than three times a day.

After a week, parents reported that the tea eliminated the colic in 57 percent of the infants, the researchers reported, whereas placebo was helpful in only 26 percent. No adverse effects were noted in either group.

And for those parents worried that their child may be allergic to Chamomile (it is pretty rare, but it is a member of the Ragweed family), one way to check is to swab a bit on the skin. If no redness develops, it should be safe.

Here’s to happy days and sleepful nights for you and your baby, thanks to tea!