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Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Children's Health Issue Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
January 2008

Greetings!

Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season! The new year brings so much promise as we go inside and reevaluate our past choices and see what we can do better and improve for the coming year. As I write this we are in deep dark winter with short days and long nights. An optimal time for introspection as well as spending time with loved ones and sharing nutritious warming meals together. I chose the topic of children's health this time as more time spent indoors as well as more time exposed to the elements challenges the health of children more than any other time of year in general. Hopefully you will find this issue edifying, even if you do not have any children of your own. Stay warm, get out and play in the snow and be well!

in this issue
Health Tips for Healthier Kids! Fear and Allergies in the Lunchroom Probiotic Formula Reduces Diarrhea in Infants Attending Childcare Centers Children with ADHD benefited from 15 week course of fish oil and primrose oil Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Fear and Allergies in the Lunchroom

It's 1 p.m. at Mercer Elementary School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Lena Paskewitz's kindergarten class is filled with the happy hum of kids getting ready for their favorite part of the day: lunch. Caleigh Leiken, 6, is toting a pink Hello Kitty bag her mom has packed with goodies: strawberry yogurt, string cheese, some veggies and a cookie. But there's one childhood staple missing-a PB&J. Caleigh was diagnosed with a peanut and tree-nut allergy when she was just 7 months old. Nuts are a no-no at her table in the Mercer lunchroom. Her allergy-free friends can sit there, but only if their lunches have been stored in a special bin and carefully inspected by the teacher. Home, too, is a nut-free zone for Caleigh. When she goes trick-or-treating this week, her candy will be scarier than any costume; she won't be able to eat any of it for fear it's tainted with peanut residue. For Caleigh's mom, Erika Friedman-whose other two kids also have allergies-food can seem like an enemy. "We plan everything," says Friedman. "It's our job-actually, everyone's job-to keep them safe. From Newsweek


Probiotic Formula Reduces Diarrhea in Infants Attending Childcare Centers

Attending child care can be an enriching and stimulating experience for young children, but kids in day care have a higher risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, which can result in missed child-care attendance for children as well as missed work for parents. Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Israel, examined whether a formula supplemented with certain bacteria could help reduce respiratory and gastrointestinal infections in infants attending child care. From Pediatrics, Jan 2005


Children with ADHD benefited from 15 week course of fish oil and primrose oil

Researchers in Adelaide, Australia have found that a commercially available dietary supplement can improve the attention and behaviour of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). From ADHD News, Medical News Today


Healthy School Lunch Ideas

This link is for all of the parents in charge of packing healthy and interesting school lunches. With my older stepchild , he went to school EVERY DAY with his almond butter and preserves sandwich, baby carrots, and apple. Now that I have a younger one going to kindergarten next year (no more organic hot breakfasts and lunches from his wonderful preschool), I shall strive to do better in the variety factor to keep it a bit interesting... I hope this gives you some resources and ideas...


Health Tips for Healthier Kids!

Here are some very general tips for keeping children healthy any time of the year!

1. Allow them the time and structure to get plenty of fresh air and exercise. A guideline is 1 hour of unstructured outdoor play (weather permitting) and 1 hour of structured physical activity per day. This is ideal.

2. Offer them plenty of purified water. A good guideline is 1/2 of their weight in fluid oz per day.

3. Identify and eliminate food allergens. The most common food allergies are to peanuts, wheat and gluten, cow dairy, citrus, soy, tree nuts, eggs, and chocolate, though really they could be allergic to any food.

4. Allow them enough sleep. Young children need 10-12 hours of sleep per night and teens also need at least 9-10.

5. Make sure that much of their learning is play based and experiential. Children have the capacity to do a lot of rote memorization of factoids though the latest research in brain development indicates that more of the learning before age 12 is best in an experiential and creative setting.

6. Feed them 3 balanced meals and a snack per day. Constant grazing keeps children too full to eat a proper meal.

7. Use organic foods and non toxic household products . Children are very sensitive to toxins. Early puberty in girls is linked to consuming non organic dairy and meat products due to the exogenous hormones directly placed in the food and the hormone like effects of pesticides and household chemicals.

8. Give your child a good multivitamin. They may not always eat in a balanced way when you are not with them.

9. Avoid sugar, processed foods and TV!

10. Most importantly of all give them tons of love and lots of attention! Be well and enjoy them!

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