Allergies/Sensitivities Part 2 – How to Recognize Allergy Symptoms in Babies

allergies in babiesIn my last blog post, we talked about the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities and why it is crucial to find out if your child is affected. In this 2nd of 3 posts, we’ll talk about how to recognize allergy symptoms in babies.

Dr. Doris Rapp, a guest on Oprah’s show, has been a pediatric allergist since 1960. She has done incredible research on food sensitivities and allergies affecting children and has written numerous books on the subject. Her observations of reactions to foods i.e. symptoms, starting in the womb, are quite fascinating.
Don’t we often wonder why our babies kick us or have the hiccups when in the womb? And why do our babies become agitated shortly after we feed them? Dr. Rapp says “I have known unborn babies who would hiccup or kick hard enough in the womb to bruise the mother. These mothers should think of what they ate half an hour before the baby started to act this way. If they do, they may be able to figure out what is bothering the baby down in the uterus. One woman found that every time she ate a cannoli her baby began to kick her. The baby was having a prenatal allergic reaction and was attempting to tell the mother not to eat cannolis. The same thing might happen after the baby is born. If a baby is totally breast-feeding and that baby becomes agitated after feeding, that mother should ask herself what she ate the previous meal. The food can come through the breast milk and make the baby sick.” Good Food, Good Mood quotes Dr. Rapp on page 13.

Babies cannot be allergic to breast milk but they can certainly be allergic to the food that that mother has eaten and passed through her breast milk. My daughter, Taylor, had projectile vomiting the first time I consumed dairy and then breast-fed her. What are other symptoms in babies that can be caused by allergies?

  • Colic
  • Excessive drooling
  • Spit-up
  • Diarrhea/Constipation
  • Diaper rashes or any skin rashes
  • Chronic runny rose
  • Multiple ear infections
  • Poor sleeping
  • Frequent coughing/colds
  • Pale face
  • Excessive thirst

What are the most common foods to which babies react adversely?

  • Dairy
  • Wheat
  • Sugar
  • Soy
  • Chocolate
  • Chemicals i.e. chlorine, food dye, additives, etc.
  • Citrus
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Caffeine
  • Tomatoes
  • Strawberries

But a baby can react adversely to any food. Rice cereal is becoming a common allergen for many of today’s babies. We are also seeing babies react to sweet potatoes and carrots, presumably due to the high sugar content in these foods. No food is exempt from causing a reaction.

What is the most accurate way to determine the food(s) to which your child is reacting? Keeping a food and symptom journal over an extended period of time is the ONLY fool-proof method for determining your baby’s culprit food(s). This involves recording what your baby has consumed on their own or in your breast milk and any resulting symptoms within 24 hours of consumption. The journal will show the patterns e.g. every time he has pureed strawberries, he gets a rash on his cheeks.

Every time your baby is exposed to a food that they don’t agree with, they cannot properly absorb the vitamins and minerals from that food and symptoms result. Please do all that you can to determine and avoid your baby’s culprit food(s)! I am always here to help you if you need me!

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Meredith

Zinc – 10 Functions, 25 Signs of Deficiency & Increasing Your Stores

zinc deficiencyLike essential fatty acids and magnesium, zinc is one of the top deficiencies in today’s children. Zinc is probably involved in more body functions than any other mineral. This post outlines 10 functions of zinc, 25 signs of deficiency and what to do if you think you or your child are deficient.

Zinc is crucial for:

  • Thinking (Have you heard the expression “No zinc, no think”?)
  • The proper functioning of more than 100 enzymes
  • Normal growth and development
  • Body tissue health
  • The prevention of cavities
  • Proper sexual development and function
  • The immune system
  • The detoxification of chemicals and metabolic irritants
  • Carbohydrate metabolism
  • The body’s healing process i.e. wound healing

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Magnesium – The Second Largest Mineral Deficiency

Products containing magnesiumMagnesium is second largest mineral deficiency in adults and children alike, after Essential Fatty Acids. It is estimated that 80 percent of the population is deficient in magnesium. In one of my prior posts, I told you that my hair analysis results showed that I had some vitamin and mineral deficiencies. My largest deficiency was Magnesium and second was Calcium. A week ago, I found an ionic version of Cal/Mag – ionic minerals are the most easily and well absorbed of all forms of minerals. The results of taking this supplement have been profound. Continue reading

Causes and Help for Combatting Stress in Your Child

stressed kidsHere are some of the causes of stress, the impact of stress on the body, how to know if your child is stressed and a few unique ideas for combating stress. Only you, the parent, can help your child combat their stress.

Some of the Causes of Stress

Children certainly feel stress and anxiety. Many children are actually more sensitive to things being out of balance than are adults. Over-scheduling, working parents, social media and peer pressure, combined with a general lack of exercise are only some of the causes of this stress. High consumption of white sugar, white flour products and other refined foods also stress the body. If your child is eating foods to which they are sensitive, this also increases the stress levels in their body.

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15 Factors that Affect Fertility

factors affecting fertilityInfertility is the inability of sexually active couples to conceive a baby after one year of unprotected sex.  Approximately 14% of couples are infertile and the percentage is climbing.  In a nutshell, our world is more toxic than ever before.  Nutrition affects all aspects of health, including fertility.  Please read on to learn about 15 factors that affect fertility; 5 that can negatively impact it, 5 factors that can increase it and 5 vitamins or minerals that can improve it!

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Are Nutritional Supplements Harmful to our Health?

natural supplementsAttacks on the natural health industry are increasing and will continue to increase as more and more of us turn towards natural alternatives and away from drugs and chemicals.  The latest “news” was that nutritional supplements are ineffective at preventing disease and can actually be harmful to our health.  More times than not, it is the drug companies and their marketers that are putting out this negative propaganda on natural supplements.  And more times than not, these studies are not based on double-blind, placebo-controlled research.  Interestingly, drugs are the third leading cause of death yet no one has died from taking supplements.  Drugs also deplete the body of good bacteria, causing or contributing to over 200 symptoms, conditions and/or disease.

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Vitamin-Infused Popsicles Help Girl with Autism

healthy popsiclesI was teaching pediatric nutrition at CSNN and one of my students shared an incredible story with our class about helping a girl with Autism.  It involved vitamin-infused popsicles. I asked him to share his story with you.

My name is Pedi Mirdamadi.  One of my clients is an 11 year old autistic girl.  Initially, what started off as an effort to help her lose weight has progressed into a loving bond and special relationship that I truly cherish.  Seeing this child on a regular basis allows me to see the effects of food on her behaviour.  Some days she is engaged with me the entire time and we can carry on a conversation.  Other days, she gets off track quite often.  I can see that what she eats is clearly affecting her behaviour; clear indications of food allergies and sensitivities.

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What Does a Nutritionist Do – Part 2

trm_image43After learning how well read my blog was on the role of nutritionists, I thought you might be interested in learning more!   It is incredible to watch the rapidly increasing interest in nutrition, as more and more people are having health challenges and not finding the help they need through conventional means.

I remember being asked to go to a couple’s home to teach the father about feeding his children healthily (I have actually done this a few times!).  He didn’t know that I was there for him, so when I arrived, he tried to excuse himself from the meeting!  I asked him if he could stay, reminding him that the way in which we feed our children for optimal health was as important for him to understand, as it was for his wife.  He reluctantly stayed.  A little while into our meeting, he said “You nutritionists have just found a new way to make money.”  Here was my response: “I wish that there was absolutely no need for nutritionists.  Our ancestors didn’t need nutritionists or people to research food and its effects because their food was unadulterated, pure and nutrient rich.  The problem is that the almighty dollar and the general increased toxicity in the world has created a whole pile of unhealthy food in this world and as a result of consuming it, we are the most sick of any generation in the history of mankind.  This crisis has demanded that we research food and its effects and find healthy food for ourselves because it is no longer omnipresent.  And I can tell you that very few nutritionists are in this business for the money.”  I then proceeded to tell him how much money I was charging him to come out to his home and that I would only be meeting with him once.  I explained that we would set goals for implementing my recommendations and follow up via email, if he so desired.  We talked for an hour and a half and at the end of the meeting, the father said “So what you are saying is that if I were to stop feeding my boys all of this packaged stuff, filled with chemicals, and instead fed my children from an organic garden in my backyard (preserving for the winter) and got my eggs and meat from my brother’s natural farm, my children’s ADD will improve?” “That’s exactly what I am saying” I replied.

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13 Benefits to Having Your Child Cook with You in the Kitchen

Meredith Deasley - Pediatric NutritionistSome of you may think about the work involved and the increased time needed to make a meal with your little one but when you read about the 13 benefits to having your child join you in the kitchen, you may wonder why you ever doubted asking them to join you!  Here are the benefits:

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4 Ways to Help Your Child Embrace Better Nutrition

The Resourceful MotherOne of the most common questions I am asked by parents is “How do I help my child eat better?”  Their question is usually followed by the sharing of a litany of fears that they hold for their child’s wellbeing.  My heart goes out to these parents.  Most of you know that I only came to understand the importance of nutrition when my eldest became so sick; otherwise I know I would have been in the same boat. Below are the top 4 ways to help your child embrace better nutrition.

Proper nutrition affects the way we feel, the way we look, how we do at school and at work, our energy levels, our moods and whether we age gracefully or not.

1. Be a shining example

The number one way is for you, the parent, to be your child’s shining example.  If the whole family is eating healthily, chances of your children eating healthily significantly increase.  Even if you were to start making healthier choices now, the whole idea is far better accepted when no one family member is singled out.

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