Stubborn eczema can be one of the most frustrating conditions for both parents and young children. Depending on the severity of this skin disorder, it can impact both social interactions and self esteem of those afflicted, not to mention the risk of secondary skin infections, such as methicillin resistant Stapholococcus aureus (MRSA). Conventional treatments include medicated creams and over the counter moisturizers, and for some children, the treatments offered may cause undesirable side effects or may not be 100% effective. Even though eczema is a condition many children outgrow, there is no reason why parents should not expect a treatment plan that decreases the severity of the symptoms without posing any other risks to the child's health. Here are six Natural Treatments for Eczema that are safe and effective: Read the rest of this entry »
Any parent who has been to the E.R. with their child during an acute asthma attack can tell you first-hand how scary this medical condition is. Asthma affects nearly 1 in 11 children in the U.S. It is usually diagnosed before age 5, and many times the initial diagnosis follows an upper respiratory infection, such as the common cold. Most alarming, is the fact that asthma rates and deaths due to asthma have increased significantly over the past few decades--a statistic not to be taken lightly. As frustrating and scary as the disease itself can be, more and more parents and affected children are just as frustrated with the limited treatment options available. While it is true that some children "outgrow" their asthma, that is not true for all children. Those who live with moderate to severe asthma may find themselves choosing between daily medications that slowly destroy their liver or a lifestyle hampered greatly by the threat of their next asthma attack. Fortunately, there are some Natural Treatments that can be quite effective and help those with asthma decrease the severity and progression of their disease while minimizing the need for potentially harmful drugs. Here, in no particular order, are some Natural Treatments to consider (and discuss with a qualified healthcare professional): Read the rest of this entry »
Most of us have heard that restricting sugar can affect how a child behaves. Refined sugar and junk foods high in simple carbohydrates are known to cause sugar rushes and crashes (often playing out as hyperactivity followed by disagreeability in children). We also know that certain chemicals can directly impact brain chemistry--caffeine is an example of a stimulant that can cause jitters, anxiety, hyperactivity and insomnia. Processed foods, refined sugar, and artificial ingredients are often identified as problem foods, but what about foods we think of as healthy? Read the rest of this entry »
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