Tag: Infants and Children

August 24, 2017

eczema in babiesNaturopathic Treatment for Eczema

Eczema, also known as Atopic Dermatitis, is a bumpy, itchy skin condition, which is increasingly more common. It can run in families and increases the risk when family members have any one of the atopic triad- allergies, eczema or asthma.  The first phase of eczema usually looks like small, red, itchy bumps between the ages of 2-6 months. If the eczema does not resolve it can progress to raised, scaly areas. Chronic eczema can last for years.

In order to treat the eczema it is important to determine what is causing it. Start by investigating if there are certain foods or chemicals that are triggering the rash. Check things like bath soaps, shampoo, laundry detergent and fabric softener. Sometimes even mom and dad’s personal care items can be irritating to the baby.

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August 24, 2017

constipation remedies for kidsWhat is “constipation”? Everyone seems to have a different idea of what constipation means and there are many different “norms”. Infants can have a bowel movement after every feeding. Babies that are breastfed tend to have fewer bowel movements because they absorb most of mom’s milk so there is less to poop out. Children under 2 years old typically have 2-4 bowel movements per day. And at about the age of 4 children can have 1 bowel movement per day. 

Constipation can be caused by lack of fluid, diet, medications, and other physical conditions. Constipation can also develop during potty training when children begin to associate bowel movements with pain, creating a cycle.  It is first important to determine the cause of constipation, including the rule-out of physical reasons, before proceeding with treatment.

July 26, 2017

baby antibioticsKilling the Good and the Bad

Use of Antibiotics early in life can reportedly lead to immune-related diseases. In animal studies it has been shown that antibiotics change the intestinal microbiomes and reduce the diversity of bugs. The long term effects are unknown. The antibiotics they studied includes the macrolide family: Azithromycin, Clarithromycin.

The average child living in the United States will receive about 10-20 rounds of antibiotics by the age of 18.

The research indicates that it takes at least ONE YEAR for the intestinal microbiota to recover from antibiotic treatment, and if the child receives multiple courses of antibiotics during their first years, it may not have time to fully recover.

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