2013 July 2 by Dr. Randy
How To Best Clean A Pacifier That’s Fallen To The Floor
Your baby’s pacifier falls on the ground. What should you do before giving it back to your baby?
Run it under the faucet
Suck on it yourself
Follow the 10 second rule and just give it back to her
What is the best thing to do when the Binky falls on the ground?
Parents’ cleaning methods studied
Believe it or not a recent study evaluated the effect of different parental pacifier cleaning practices on the incidence of allergies in children. The conclusion of the study was that the babies of parents who sucked on the pacifiers had a lower rate of eczema and allergy, less allergic responses on allergy testing, and a lower eosinophil white blood cell count, all of which indicate less allergies.
Babies in the study were signed up at birth. Babies chosen for the study had a family history of allergy. At 4 months their saliva was tested for bacteria and parents were questioned about their pacifier cleaning methods. Children were followed for 3 years. Different salivary bacterial characteristics could also be distinguished between babies whose parents sucked on their pacifiers.
More exposure to bacteria = less allergies
The authors suggest that allergies were reduced because of the increased transfer of bacteria from parents to their babies when parents sucked on the pacifier. It is well known that early exposure to bacteria helps to prevent allergies. A protective effect from allergies is conveyed by early exposure to pets and farm animals, crowded housing, poverty, and large families.
Similarly, supplementation with healthy intestinal bacteria and vaginal delivery (as opposed to cesarean section) are also associated with a reduced risk of allergies. Bacteria are helpful.
Modern practices of thorough cleaning and household disinfection may be creating more susceptibility to allergies and recurrent infections.
Most parents in the study (80 percent) rinsed off the pacifier to clean it. That makes sense since the floor or ground may contain things that you don’t want in your baby’s mouth (or your mouth), like dog hair and petrochemicals.
What should you do?
Perhaps a practice that makes the most sense is to either rinse off the pacifier first then suck on it before giving it back to your baby, or just take the altruistic path of sucking it yourself if no water is readily available.
2012 June 11 by Dr. Randy
Asthma in kids increasing
You may have noticed a strange thing lately. Children in unprecedented numbers use inhalers to treat asthma symptoms. Schools find it necessary to ban peanut butter from classrooms for fear of life-threatening allergic reactions. Your own children may have eczema, asthma, or food sensitivities. The incidence of allergies and asthma in children has skyrocketed over the past 30 years. And the drugs commonly employed to treat these symptoms don’t cure the problem.
Parents need a new model for treating allergies.
Fortunately, the field of holistic pediatrics has excellent protocols for treating asthma, eczema, and allergies with a simple, safe, and effective three step method.
1. First, use nontoxic, natural treatments to relieve the acute symptoms.
2. Second, identify and eliminate contributing dietary and environmental factors.
3. And third, treat the underlying immune system imbalance responsible for the problem.
Several categories of natural medicines can treat acute allergic symptoms. Three forms of natural medicine are commonly used to treat allergies, eczema, and asthma.
1. A number of Chinese herbal formulas have been formulated to address these symptoms in children.
2. Homeopathic medicines often produce immediate relief in allergic reactions.
3. Many nutritional supplements can treat the symptoms as well. For example, quercetin, stinging nettles, and bromelain are often combined to relieve allergies. These types of remedies will help keep symptoms under control while addressing the underlying problem.
Diagnose the problem and build the immune system
Identifying contributing factors to symptoms requires a different approach at different ages. For example, for breast-feeding babies the mother’s diet needs to be considered. For older children food sensitivity tests can be useful to pinpoint foods that aggravate symptoms. Conventional allergy testing may be needed to identify outside influences that can be reduced or eliminated.
The most important aspect of holistic treatment involves addressing the underlying root cause of the symptoms. This requires building and balancing the immune system. Since 80 percent of the immune system happens in the small intestine, ensuring a healthy digestive tract will provide the foundation for a strong immune system. Depending on the symptoms, this may include a combination of probiotics and nutritional supplements to support digestion. Balancing the body through the use of a deep acting homeopathic medicine and herbal treatment will fortify the child’s constitution. And many supplements can activate and build immune function, including:
medicinal mushroom formulas
A holistic pediatric practitioner can help parents manage and integrate an inclusive treatment program resulting in a balanced immune system. The goal is an increased level of health and eventual cure. A balanced and resilient immune system is characterized by greater resistance to infections and less allergic reactions.
2011 March 10 by Dr. Randy