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Dave Foreman

INFANT HEALTH CORNER

by Dave Foreman

Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

In the past few weeks on my new radio program (streamed live M-F 12-1 PM EST on whnz.com), I have been receiving several questions about the use of supplements for infants. This has led me to start a new section of my newsletter titled "Infant Health Center". Each newsletter I will cover some of the more common issues we face with infants and how to handle those situations naturally. Our inaugural article is on Colic. Anyone who has had a child with colic will understand why: we need help, and fast.

Lucky for us, there are a few ways to go about reducing and/or eliminating this problem. I don't agree with the modern medicine approach of "just wait - he (she) will outgrow it." Let them stay at your home while your child is rigid like a board and screaming bloody murder. Maybe they will change their tune and have you look into some natural approaches. Here are the approaches I look into:

  1. Supplements - This is one of the easiest areas to have an immediate impact on your infant. Herbs like chamomile, hyssop, caraway and even lemon balm have been used for centuries to relieve the gas, bloating and spasms that occur with colic. My favorites (I used them with my daughter) are fennel and chamomile. Chamomile is the easiest to use because it tastes good. Fennel has a licorice-like flavor and may be challenging to use-even though it works the best of all the supplements listed. Giving your baby an infant probiotic such as Natren's Life Start is also a great solution. For whatever reason, your baby might not have the right balance of helpful bacteria in his or her digestive tract. By adding an infant probiotic to your child's food, you can often resolve their digestive issues. Homeopathy may also be helpful. Cocyntal (Boiron) is a simple to use, already measured out homeopathic designed to relieve colic symptoms like gas pain and irritability.
  2. Food allergies - Many infants have trouble digesting foods we think they should be able to handle. If you are breast feeding, try an elimination diet. Reduction in gas producing foods is a great place to start. Keep a journal of your diet and how the baby reacts. Often times our children will be sensitive to the same foods we are. It may take some time, but the process will be worth it. Babies fed with formula tend to get colic more frequently. If you are bottle feeding your child, try a hypoallergenic formula.
  3. Prevent your baby from swallowing air - Good luck with this one. This may be another reason bottle fed babies have colic more than breast fed babies. Keep your baby in the right position and make sure your bottle doesn't contribute to the problem. Also - Burp your baby more frequently. You may not notice anything, but she (he) may!
  4. Chiropractor - I know you must think I am crazy for this one, but if you have tried everything else and are still frustrated - do it! My daughter saw a chiropractor when she was 2 weeks old and it resolved a major digestive problem she was having. The technique used on your baby is not the same as you and I would receive. You will be amazed by the results.
If it were my child, I would use an infant probiotic, chamomile or fennel and look into what food allergies/sensitivities he or she might have. If that fails or if you have good insurance, look into a chiropractor who specializes in infants.

 
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