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Natural Treatments for Ear Infections.

Ear infections are a common reason for childhood doctor visits. They are also a common reason for unnecessary antibiotics. Despite the fact that most ear infections are caused by viruses or a result of allergies, many doctors prescribe antibiotics rather than spend extra time educating parents on how to comfort their sick child or prevent recurrent infections. Read the rest of this entry »

Should your child be tested for Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease, also known as Celiac Sprue, is caused when the body recognizes gluten as a toxic substance and eventually results in changes to the intestinal tract, making it more difficult to properly absorb nutrients. Common digestive symptoms include abdominal pain/cramping, diarrhea, constipation, pale stools, bloating, and decreased appetite. Besides the digestive symptoms associated with Celiac Disease, the latest research indicates that a number of people may have other manifestations of the disease that present before the changes to the gut are detectable. These symptoms include depression/irritability (presenting as behavior problems in children), rashes, sores in the mouth, muscle pain, joint pain, tingling/numbness in extremities, fatigue, weight-loss or difficulty gaining weight, stunted growth, and rash. Read the rest of this entry »

Are there Hidden Health Hazards in Your Child’s Bedroom?

Most new parents are familiar with "child-proofing" and make an effort to keep rooms safe for young children to explore. We worry about choking hazards, things that can fall and hurt them, toxic chemicals in household cleaning products, and electrical sockets. But what about the very place your child sleeps at night? Did you know that many of the chemicals used in flame retardants on conventional crib and bed mattresses and even in children's pajamas can be toxic to some children? Did you know that there are safer nontoxic alternatives? Read the rest of this entry »
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