Health Alerts - Choose Wisely
I've seen the necessity in recent weeks to add a Page with Videos, MP3's and Info
of vital importance for parents, grandparents and carers
to this Website for different aspects of Child-Care.
Toxic Chemicals in Baby Crib Mattresses?
Your baby’s mattress is likely to be the most prevalent toxic exposure, since it’s up-close, extensive, and long-term. Babies sleep on a mattress for 10-14 hours or more a day during their most fragile developmental years. During this time, they are lying directly on the mattress, breathing in and absorbing chemical off-gassing. Baby mattresses include crib, cradle, bassinet and co-sleeper mattresses. All of these types of mattresses typically contain materials that can be very toxic. When it comes to your baby, there is no safe level of exposure.
For 15 years I have been thoroughly investigating all aspects of the safety and toxicity of baby crib mattresses to find the best organic crib mattress – the most non-toxic and the safest crib mattresses available. There is a tremendous amount of confusing claims and misleading information out there on websites. I wrote the following report to help you distinguish facts from misinformation and find the best crib mattress for your baby.
Protect your baby from
Breathing the air while sleeping on the mattress
Absorbing the chemicals through their skin
Read more information on the following website about things you can do!
PLEASE READ VACCINE DETOX AGAINST AUTISM PDF
AN ABSOLUTE MUST IF YOU LIVE IN USA, AUSTRALIA ETC!
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Best Diaper Changing Technique for Newborns to Reduce Colic
***UPDATE Great review on www.drmomma.org includes some good additional information for moms. This Chiropractor specialises with babies and he shows you the Best possible way of changing your baby’s nappy. It’s really Good! A must watch Video!!!
Truly, this is one of the BEST Videos I have seen on Baby Care - Especially for Newborns because Colic can be so distressing for them at such an early age, not long after they have left the security and comfort of your womb. Your baby will love you for this if you have been changing their nappy incorrectly. Not even the baby nurses will teach you this, they are not aware. See how you can protect their little spine from early in life, hey?
Two other Videos
Silent Epidemic; The Untold Story of Vaccines Movie dire
What's Really In Vaccines? Mercury, MSG, Formaldehyde, Aluminium the shocking truth!
Go to Medical Politics Page!
The interplay of early-life stress, nutrition, and immune activation
and how this can sometimes relate with cognitive decline issues
Early-life adversity increases the vulnerability to develop psychopathologies and cognitive decline later in life. This association is supported by clinical and preclinical studies. Remarkably, experiences of stress during this sensitive period, in the form of abuse or neglect but also early malnutrition or an early immune challenge elicit very similar long-term effects on brain structure and function. During early-life, both exogenous factors like nutrition and maternal care, as well as endogenous modulators, including stress hormones and mediator of immunological activity affect brain development. The interplay of these key elements and their underlying molecular mechanisms are not fully understood. We discuss how these different key elements of the early-life environment interact and affect one another and suggest that it is a synergistic action of these elements that shapes cognition throughout life. Finally, we consider different intervention studies aiming to prevent these early-life adversity induced consequences. The emerging evidence for the intriguing interplay of stress, nutrition, and immune activity in the early-life programming calls for a more in depth understanding of the interaction of these elements and the underlying mechanisms. This knowledge will help to develop intervention strategies that will converge on a more complete set of changes induced by early-life adversity.
The Link Between Breastfeeding and IQ
by Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD | 2015
The Effect of Early-Life Diet on IQ
Studies have already conclusively proved the impact of early-life diet on the brain structure of human beings. One study was conducted on two groups of adolescents who were respectively fed on a standard diet and a highly-nutritious diet in the weeks after they were born. The findings show that those adolescents who were on a high nutrient diet had significantly greater verbal IQ than the group that was on a regular diet. This study encouraged scientists to research more on the long-term cognitive benefits of breastfeeding.
Another, more recent investigation has conclusively proven the link between breastfeeding and white matter development, which is related to IQ. It demonstrated that exclusive breastfeeding is related to increase in the volume of white matter throughout the brain and that of the gray matter in the sub-cortical region. Exclusive breastfeeding is also related to the excess thickness of the parietal lobe cortical region.
Scientists have found that the duration of breastfeeding is also a critical factor that determines the mental development of the child. The longer the duration, the more is the cognitive and motor development in children. This finding was reported from a study on 2- and 3-year-old children who were breastfed for various lengths of time.
The Positive Effects of Breastfeeding Evident Well Into Adult Years
Scientists are excited to note that the positive effects of breastfeeding continue to manifest long after adolescence and well into adulthood. A decades-long study was undertaken in Brazil to determine the long-term benefits of exclusive breastfeeding. Breastfeeding information of close to 6,000 infants from various demographic groups was recorded in 1982. After 30 years, the scientists tracked down more than half of the original participants and recorded their IQ levels, educational qualifications, and incomes. The findings were startling.
Infants who were breastfed for 12 months or more scored more on IQ tests, had greater educational attainment, and earned more than those infants who were breastfed for less than a month. The positive correlation between high IQ and both greater educational attainment and income-earning potential is evident, but the findings of this study prove that it is not just breastfeeding that matters. The duration of breastfeeding plays a critical role in the cognitive development of infants.
This is the first study to examine the long-term effects of breastfeeding. The findings of this study should now encourage physicians to educate their patients on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding at least for the first six months of the baby’s life and continuing the practice well into the first year of age. Hospitals too should encourage breastfeeding amongst new mothers.
What’s in Breastfeeding: The DHA Link
Although it is known that breast milk is rich in all the nutrients that the baby needs to mature intellectually and physically, scientists are not yet sure about the exact mechanisms at work. But they strongly believe that DHA has a role to play.
Docosahexaenoic (DHA) and arachidonic (AA) acids comprise about 20 percent of the fatty acid content in the human brain. Fatty acids are known to promote healthy neuronal growth and repair and myelination. Myelination or the increase in the volume of myelin (a protective layer of protein and fatty substances) around the neurons improves neuronal coordination and enhances brain functionality especially with regards to higher cognitive tasks. Breast milk contains an abundance of long-chain fatty acids like DHA and AA. So scientists believe that there could be a strong DHA link in the positive relation between breastfeeding and higher IQ.
The above findings have critical lateral considerations. Physicians could prescribe DHA supplements to pregnant women, so there is placental transmission of this fatty acid that would, in turn, aid the neural development in the fetus. Lactating mothers can take these supplements in prescribed doses to boost the concentration of DHA in their milk. Infant formula manufacturers should also invest in research and development to determine the optimal amount of DHA they should include in their products.
Breastfeeding, Oxytocin, and Brain Development
Some scientists also believe that the hormone oxytocin may have a role to play in facilitating brain development in breastfed babies. Oxytocin is present in small amounts in maternal milk. Animal studies suggest that oxytocin is also produced by the body in response to the suckling action of babies feeding on mother’s milk.
Oxytocin has long been associated with increased bonding and trust between the mother and the child. But according to more recent data, oxytocin is also instrumental in shaping and supporting the physical development of the central nervous system. It regulates the functions of the autonomic nervous system to ensure smooth motor functioning. Oxytocin also acts as a neural protective agent and heals scarred tissues. So it is evident that the presence and release of oxytocin in the infant body indirectly enhances his mental capabilities by promoting and supporting healthy brain development.
The findings from the above-mentioned studies leave no room for doubt that infants who have been exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives grow up to be more happy, healthy, and intelligent than their formula-fed peers. Mothers, are you taking note?
Excessive Tickling is not Good
Let your Child be your Guide
Tickling can do more harm than good
Tickling children is one of those customary kinds of play that is handed down from generation to generation through our families. It is rarely questioned, but deserves to be thought about more carefully, as it’s a form of play that can, despite good intentions, hurt a child.
To put tickling in a broader framework, it’s one of the ways to play that puts people in touch with each other. It also is a dependable way to get lots of laughter rolling. So tickling looks, on the surface, like a kind of play that children enjoy, and that is good for them. And indeed, some children ask their parents for tickling games. We are glad to be asked—it feels great to have an instant way to laugh and be playful together.
But in my many years of listening to adults talk about the emotional challenges of their lives as children, tickling comes up again and again as an experience that has been hurtful. I’ve listened to a number of adults who can’t relax when others are in close proximity to them. They can’t sleep close to a trusted partner, for instance, or are internally on guard any time there’s more than casual touching between them and someone they love.
When asked what they are afraid of, their memories go straight to times when they were tickled as children, and couldn’t get the tickler to stop.
Where tickling falls short
The main thing that makes tickling problematic is that children may not be able to say when they want it to stop.
Laughter is an automatic response to being touched by a tickler—it’s not a response that the child can opt out of.
We want to play and be close
Parents and children crave times together when there’s lots of free-flowing laughter and playful contact. It’s so good for us to play, so good for us to be in touch with each other. We parents become attached to tickling because it seems to be a handy shortcut to laughter. We long to know that our children are happy and love us, and tickling becomes our shortcut to this reassurance.
Other kinds of playful physical contact are great, if you offer your child the initiative
Our children do need us to be affectionate with them, and to be playfully persistent with our affection at times. It’s one way to communicate that we’re in love with them. Blowing raspberries on your child’s tummy, nuzzling into her armpit and nibbling fingers or toes are all affectionate moves that might bring a ticklish reaction. These kinds of play are fine as long as you let the play “breathe” after each affectionate move.
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BABY FORMULAS - A REAL CONCERN
Baby Formula: LOADED with GMO corn and soy
Please be aware of what you could be feeding your child in Baby Formulas.
Try to breastfeed if you can.
A GREAT CONCERN!
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Top Pharma-Brand of Children's Vitamins Contains Aspartame, GMOs, & Other Hazardous Chemicals by Sayer Ji May 2013
The #1 Children's Vitamin Brand in the US contains ingredients that most parents would never intentionally expose their children to, so why aren't more opting for healthier alternatives?
Kids vitamins are supposed to be healthy, right? Well then, what's going on with Flintstones Vitamins, which proudly claims to be "Pediatricians' #1 Choice"? Produced by the global pharmaceutical corporation Bayer, this wildly successful brand features a shocking list of unhealthy ingredients, including:
Aspartame is a synthetic combination of the amino acids aspartic acid and l-phenylalanine, and is known to convert into highly toxic methanol and formaldehyde in the body. Aspartame has been linked to over 40 adverse health effects in the biomedical literature, and has been shown to exhibit both neurotoxicity (damages nerve and brain cells) and carcinogenicity (cancer causing). What business does a chemical like this have doing in a children's vitamin, especially when non-toxic, non-synthetic non-nutritive sweeteners like stevia already exist?
CUPRIC OXIDE Next, let's look closer at Cupric Oxide, 2mg of which is included in each serving of Flinstone's Complete chewable vitamins as a presumably 'nutritional' source of 'copper,' supplying "100% of the Daily Value (Ages 4+), according to Flintstones Vitamins Web site's Nutritional Info. But what is Cupric Oxide? A nutrient or a chemical? According to the European Union's Dangerous Substance Directive, one of the main EU laws concerning chemical safety, Cupric Oxide is listed as a Hazardous substance, classified as both "Harmful (XN)" and "Dangerous for the environment" (N). Consider that it has industrial applications as a pigment in ceramics, and as a chemical in the production of rayon fabric and dry cell batteries. In may be technically correct to call it a mineral, but should it be listed as a nutrient in a children's vitamin? We think not.
COAL TAR ARTIFICIAL COLORING AGENTS
A well-known side effect of using synthetic dyes is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. There is also indication that the neurotoxicity of artificial food coloring agents increase when combined with aspartame, making the combination of ingredients in Flintstones even more concerning.
ZINC OXIDE Each serving of Flinstones Complete Chewable vitamins contain 12 mg of zinc oxide, which the manufacturer claims delivers 75% of the Daily Value to children 2 & 3 years of age. Widely used as a sun protection factor (SPF) in sunscreens, The EU's Dangerous Substance Directive classifies it as an environmental Hazard, "Dangerous for the environment (N)." How it can be dangerous to the environment, but not for humans ingesting it, escapes me. One thing is for sure, if one is to ingest supplemental zinc, or market it for use by children, it makes much more sense using a form that is organically bound (i.e. 'chelated') to an amino acid like glycine, as it will be more bioavailable and less toxic.
On Bayer Health Science's Flintstones product page designed for healthcare professionals they lead into the product description with the following tidbit of information:
82% of kids aren't eating all of their veggies. Without enough vegetables, kids may not be getting all of the nutrients they need.
The implication? That Flintstones vitamins somehow fill this nutritional void. But we have seen some of the so called healthy ingredients!!!
Pregnant Women And Babies At Great Risk
Among the population, biologist David Schubert of the Salk Institute warns that "children are the most likely to be adversely effected by toxins and other dietary problems" related to GM foods. He says without adequate studies, the children become "the experimental animals."
The experience of actual GM-fed experimental animals is scary. When GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks—compared to a 10% death rate among the control group fed natural soy. The GM-fed babies were also smaller, and later had problems getting pregnant.
When male rats were fed GM soy, their testicles actually changed color—from the normal pink to dark blue. Mice fed GM soy had altered young sperm. Even the embryos of GM fed parent mice had significant changes in their DNA. Mice fed GM corn in an Austrian government study had fewer babies, which were also smaller than normal.
Reproductive problems also plague livestock. Investigations in the state of Haryana, India revealed that most buffalo that ate GM cottonseed had complications such as premature deliveries, abortions, infertility, and prolapsed uteruses. Many calves died. In the US, about two dozen farmers reported thousands of pigs became sterile after consuming certain GM corn varieties. Some had false pregnancies; others gave birth to bags of water. Cows and bulls also became infertile when fed the
In the US population, the incidence of low birth weight babies, infertility, and infant mortality
are all escalating.
ARE YOUR TODDLERS ATTRACTED TO iPADS?
MAYBE THEY HAVE ONE....
YOU NEED TO SEE THESE VIDEOS
1 yr old iPad user
iPad 2 Vs Baby Toy!
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A Magazine Is An iPad That Does Not Work Part 2.m4v
Conclusion: iPads do not make good Baby Toys