Healthy Kids

NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life

fs_0517_pregnantwoman_200267435“ A woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth.

Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.”

Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

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Living Ethics School: The Alternative to Institutionalized Learning

By Marteé Davis

cs_leschool-img_1-2080-adjParents that seek alternatives to standardized education may choose to homeschool or embrace a different, more social approach to learning. Vicki Johnston, the founder of Living Ethics School (LES) says, “When I was 9 years old, I was unhappy when my fourth grade teacher shook her finger at a boy. Right then and there, I decided to grow up to be a ‘nice’ teacher. In seventh grade, a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Trader, encouraged creative writing, class plays and fun, hands-on projects; she served as inspiration for the kind of teacher I would become.”

 

 

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KEEP DECAY AWAY

holistic-dentistry-kids-59acfda6Kids Do Best with Holistic Dentistry

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The Wild and Wooly Teen Brain

understanding-teen-minds-2aab78c4What Kids Need from Us to Grow Wise

 

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MERRY MUNCHING

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When a Child is an Empath

empathic-kids-jennifer-cunnings-adjby Jennifer Cunnings

We may have heard the term “empath” and wondered if this relates to us or perhaps our child. There are many qualities of empathy to explore, but none are more important than how to support the empath child.

A child could be an empath if they become overwhelmed by loud noises or crowded environments; have a vivid imagination and love playing alone; experience physical symptoms like a stomach ache when fearful or nervous; exercise more caution than other kids; or have a sense of “knowing” about things.

According to psychiatrist and author Judith Orloff, M.D., the trademark of an empath is “feeling and absorbing other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities.”

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The Sensitive Child

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BY MAUREEN HEALY

Highly sensitive children need extra nurturing care so that they can learn to see their sensitivity as a strength and begin empowering themselves with tools to tap into their positive traits such as insight, creativity and empathy, while simultaneously learning how to manage their rich emotional lives.

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Sore Throat Soothers

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Natural Remedies Help Kids Heal

The household is settling for the night when the 5-year-old cries out, “My throat hurts!”

“There’s no need to panic,” says Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, in Pecos, New Mexico, an integrative physician and chief medical officer of Weil Lifestyle. “It’s pretty easy to figure out if it’s strep throat, which requires antibiotics, or something you can treat at home.” Continue Reading

Don’t Fret Over Fevers

fresh-orange-juice-1614822-adjDeborah Bain Cold and flu season is the busiest time of year for pediatricians; school is in full swing and so are the germs and viruses. Of course it’s 5 p.m. when our child tells us their throat hurts or develops a fever and the doctor’s office is closed, but it’s okay to wait and not rush to get assistance. Instead, allow their immune system to do its job of mounting its own defenses by creating a fever to destroy the invading organisms. Allow a child to run a low-grade temperature, and unless it is around 103 degrees or higher, do not use antipyretics (medication). Instead, put them in a tepid bath with a cup of Epsom salt or use cool washcloths on the neck and chest to make them more comfortable.

Even if strep throat is the cause of fever, it is best not to treat it in the first 12 hours with an antibiotic before our the body’s defenses kick in, because that may lead to more recurrent strep infections in the future. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not testing for strep throat under the age of 3 years old, especially if there are concurrent viral symptoms of runny nose and congestion, because the likelihood of true strep throat is low in this age group, complications are rare and false positive tests are high.

When in doubt, boost the immune system. Here are some tips on helping to fight off anything that a child encounters—viral or bacterial. First, don’t wait for a full-blown illness before reaching for vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, and probiotics. Colloidal silver may help too, depending on the age. Elderberry is a good choice for viral illnesses.

Also minimize sugar intake because it suppresses the immune system for several hours after consumption and makes it more likely for a child to succumb to germs.

Deborah Z. Bain, M.D., FAAP, is owner of Healthy Kids Pediatrics, an integrative holistic pediatric practice in Frisco. For more information, call 972-294-0808 or visit HealthyKidsPediatrics.com.

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