Children’s Health Issues
|The trouble with early weaning
Some of the latest research on children's health problems has turned our attention to the early weaning of many modern infants. Breast feeding supplies a newborn with virtually everything it needs by way of nutrition, until such time that it develops the immune function and enzyme systems necessary to cope with normal food ingestion. The period of time from birth to weaning is critical, precisely because it is during this time that infants develop their immune and enzyme systems that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
This period ranges from nine to twelve months, and in earlier times as in more primitive societies, infants were often breast fed even longer, say two to three years, which also helped to limit the number of children in a family. But the introduction of foods into an infant's diet before its organism is ready for it, can only result in allergic reactions since the foods are bound to be mistaken for invaders. And thereby hangs a sad tale of infant discomfort, adult misery, and frequent bouts with disease.
Nutrition for the first stages of life
In other words, early weaning has the exact opposite effect of what should be the aim of a careful nutrition plan for the first few years of life. This aim should be to strengthen the immune system and prepare it for the inevitable childhood diseases of chickenpox, measles and mumps, which leave a child stronger than before and better able to cope with the variety of infections it is bound to contract as an adult. Instead, poor or wrong nutrition at these early stages renders a child prone to allergies, attention deficit disorders, autism, bed wetting, ear infections, metabolic disorders, sinus problems, and a host of other childhood diseases, many of which further negatively affect a battered immune system.
Our comprehensive nutrition program takes into consideration all relevant facts including the family history of disease, and aims to strengthen the immune and other systems of the young organism, to better cope with the exigencies of an active life.
In short, our program offers,
- Comprehensive measures . Identification of the best measures to take for the ailing child, taking into account its present state of health, hereditary factors, etc.
- Diet. What are the best foods for its condition, how best to eat them, what foods to cut down or avoid for a while, to get the best out of its nutrition.
- Nutritional supplements. Which vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, enzymes, fatty acids, etc, the child may need, their dosages and times to take them, so as to avoid nutrient interactions.
- Botanical support. Which standardized herbal preparations may be best for its age and condition, their dosages, contraindications, etc.
- Physical therapies. Other forms of treatment that may be of help such as acupuncture, homeopathy, and others.