Mother / Baby Workouts

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By Jenn Sanders

mombabyIt’s hard to squeeze in exercise between cooking meals, changing diapers, and working. It’s clear that you have little to no time to fit in a workout.

New mothers often find it difficult to lose baby weight without having to get a childcare support. Thankfully, there are mother/baby workouts that you can do with your little one. Here are a few quick and easy exercises you can do with your infant when you have a free moment.


Find a wide area where you can sit with your legs straight out in front of you. Your baby must be lying on his back on top of your legs. Then, slowly reach toward him to stretch your hamstrings and back.


Dancing is a great cardiovascular workout that exercises major muscle groups. It also improves balance and coordination. It doesn’t only exercise your body, it also elevates your mood, thereby reducing your stress.

You can dance while you hold your baby. Keep him as close to your body as possible. Make sure that you support his head. You can also put him in a sling with straps that fit around your waist and over your shoulders.

When dancing, alternate between slow and fast dances to increase your heart rate. Try not to bounce too much while dancing, to avoid accidentally injuring your little one.

To ensure that he’s enjoying the dance, let him wear a raw amber Baltic wonder necklace. This necklace is proven to make your baby happy while teething.

Bench Squats

Find a seat that you can squat down while you’re holding on to your child. As you sit on the bench, draw your belly tightly in.

Sit Ups

They’re also perfect to perform while lying on your back with your child sitting on your tummy. Perform a sit-up to work your abdominal muscles.

Abdominal Plank

This workout is easy. You just need to hold to do the usual abdominal plank while your baby is lying on the ground under you.


You can put your child in the stroller and take him with you while you run or jog. While you run together, you can sing and chat with him. Doing so will make your workout a little sweeter. It may take a bit more planning because you need to dress him up and pack snacks and drinks. However, it’s a great way to spend time with him while exercising.

How to make it easier?

It’s not easy to workout while you’re taking care of your baby. Therefore, try to exercise before work and not after work. Keep in mind that some activities and commitments will come up at the end of the day.

Never worry about what you’ll wear when you workout with your baby. Debating what wardrobe to choose is only a waste of time.

Finding time to workout can be difficult because of your busy schedule. However, with a little planning, it’s possible. Always prioritize your health. If you get sick, who’s going to take care of your family? Never allow your health to be your second priority. It should come first. When you’re happy and healthy, everyone else is also happy and healthy.

Is Your Baby Dehydrated? Here Are The Best Remedies To Your Rescue

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By Aradhana Pandey

mombabyAs a new mom, there different things you will discover about your child’s body that are very different from yours. Apart from requiring good amount of sleep and rest, you will also notice that your baby needs to eat and drink regularly and his bowel movements are more frequent as compared to yours. This is mainly due to the fact that infants have small bodies (and stomachs) which store less fluid and their metabolic rates are much higher. This makes them require foods and fluids more frequently. If your infant falls short of essential fluids and electrolytes, he can fall prey to dehydration which may lead to serious consequences if left untreated.

If your baby if displaying the following symptoms, chances are that he might be dehydrated:

• Reduced frequency of urine or less than 6 wet diapers in a day;

• Dark yellow urine;

• Dry mouth and increased thirst;

• Few or no tears while crying;

• Increased fatigue;

• Sunken eyes,

• Blotchy hands and feet;

• Sunken fontanelle/soft spot;

• Rapid breathing and elevated heart rate

There could be many reasons why your baby is dehydrated such as diarrhea, vomiting, environmental conditions (too much heat), fever and lack of food intake. Following remedies can help better your infant’s condition if he is dehydrated:

1. Offer Plenty Of Fluids For Mild Dehydration – It’s not uncommon for babies to succumb to mild bouts of dehydration if the weather gets too hot. In a case like such, ensure you increase your baby’s fluid intake and offer him plenty of liquids like water, breast milk or formula, if you formula-feed your infant. According to an article by American Family Physician, offering liquids like fruit juices or soft drinks during dehydration should be avoided as their mix of salt, sugar and minerals is not consistent and they can aggravate diarrhea resulting in further dehydration. It is also important that you let your baby rest in a cool place to avoid further loss of fluids due to sweating.

baby2. Offer Oral Rehydration Solution For Mild – Medium Dehydration – If your baby is experiencing moderate dehydration caused due to diarrhea or vomiting, you can replace his body’s lost fluids, sugar and salt by offering him oral hydration solution along with his regular feed. Formula should stop being given to formula-fed babies during the process of rehydration and resumed only once dehydration is under control.

3. Other Treatments To Ease The Symptoms Of Dehydration – If your baby develops a mild fever or is facing trouble drinking or swallowing, you can give him infant paracetamol or infant ibuprofen to reduce his uneasiness. Make sure that he continues to drink plenty of fluids, frequently along with the dose of these medicines. These drugs are not recommended for infants who are under 3 months of age. Consult your doctor before giving your child a dose of these medicines.

4. Dietary Recommendations After Dehydration Is In Control – While the age old maxim suggests that withholding food for 24 hours can improve the condition of dehydration in infants, it is not recommended and is extremely unsafe. On the contrary, early feeding can offset changes in intestinal permeability caused by infection, decrease the duration of illness and even improve nutritional outcome. You can offer your infant the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) which is recommended for babies who are over 7 months of age.

If despite following the aforementioned remedies at home, your baby’s condition still doesn’t improve, rush him to your doctor without further delay. His diarrhea could be the result of a serious underlying health condition. Look out for warning signs like black or bloody stools, no improvement in situation even after 24 hours, continued irritability and fatigue, high fever, bloody vomiting and persistent vomiting even after 4-6 hours. Always remember to keep an eye on altered patterns in your baby’s behavior and eating habits for his good health and safety.

– Aradhana is from India. She is a veteran writer on topics concerning parenting, child nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. As a regular contributor to popular sites like natural news, elephant journal, thehealthsite, naturally savvy, curejoy and MomJunction. Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.

6 Signs That Your Baby Has Allergies

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By Julieane Hernandez

mombabyBabies are not invincible. From the moment they enter world, they are very, very fragile beings. They are handled by care with all, to make sure that they are protected well.

But no matter how you do your best to protect babies, they will still be prone to a variety of sickness that serve to strengthen their immune system from future attacks. This is why they still need medicine for headache and fever from time to time.

One of the ailments that could trouble your bundle of joy are allergies. An allergy is a hypersensitive bodily reaction to normal irritants, signaling a dysfunction of the immune system. It could be triggered by food, animal fur, and even pollen!

But how can you tell if your baby has allergies? In this article, we’ll look at the 6 signs of this human hypersensitivity disorder.

1. Constant sniffles

If your infant regularly contracts the sniffles, especially in the morning, it could be a sign of allergic rhinitis, caused by allergens in the air during certain seasons or even those inside the house.

2. Crankiness

Allergens can be a bother to a point that it wakes up babies in the middle of the night, called micro-arousals. This can cause babies to be surprisingly grouchier because of the lack of sleep. You might even awaken to your infant’s cries or coughing episodes in the wee small hours.

3. Itchiness in the eyes

Do your little tots frequently rub their eyes to the point it turns red? Do you catch them frequently balling their hands into fists and scratching their eyes out? Itchiness there is a major indication of an allergic reaction, while red, unscratched eyes is a possible sign of a fever.

4. Clear phlegm

A phlegm-filled nose and throat is another indication of an allergic reaction. The color won’t be any hue of green or yellow, for that matter. Phlegm-induced allergic spells are clear in color. In relation to their viscosity, the clear phlegm is thin, instead of thick like the yellow/green colored ones.

5. Breathing difficulty/breathing through the mouth

babyThe fifth sign almost always goes hand-in-hand with the first. If a baby’s nose is clogged, he/she will definitely have a struggled breathing. What happens then is that an infant will be forced to breathe heavily through the mouth instead.

6. Rashes and swelling

Sometimes, children will contract rashes and possible swelling of a certain body party when near an allergen. Normal rashes look like red pockmarks on the skin. But if they are accompanied by swelling, then the rash is a definite sign of an allergic reaction.


To avoid this unwanted scenario from happening, get your child immediately tested for allergies before they even happen. This involves skin and blood work to determine what will set off one’s bodily reaction when faced with an allergen. Once the results are you, you’ll know what specific food, substances, or environments to avoid so that your baby doesn’t suffer from an allergic reaction.

And that ends our article. To recap, some of the signs a baby has allergies are constant sniffles, crankiness, itchiness in the eyes, clear phlegm, breathing difficulty, rashes and swelling on a certain body part. We hope you learned something new today.

Have you successfully averted any of these reactions with your infants? Do you know of any more signs that your baby suffers from allergies? If you have any more information regarding the above questions, let us know in the comments section below.

– Julieane Hernandez is a freelance writer and a hotel and restaurant management graduate turned designer. She’s an advanced tri-athlete during weekends. She’s been in the industry for about 6 years now and She’s learned so much from all the experiences she’s been through. Follow her on twitter and google+

Puree Baby Food Versus Baby Led Weaning: How To Get The Best Of Both

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By Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD

mombabyThere are two popular schools of thought when it comes to introducing babies to solid foods. On the one hand, there are cookbooks and recipes galore for all sorts of gourmet baby purees. On the other hand, the Baby Led Weaning movement promotes baby and toddler meals consisting of only finger foods.

Both puree and Baby Led Weaning can be healthy strategies. Both also have pitfalls.

Here’s how to take the best from each school of thought to safely meet your baby’s rapidly changing nutrition needs, provide the opportunity to learn eating skills, and establish life-long healthy eating habits.

Allow your baby to control how much they eat and what they eat from what’s provided. Be sure that your baby is an active participant in eating (i.e. no sneaking in mouthfuls when they’re distracted). It’s easy to inadvertently over feed your baby because you worry that he/she isn’t eating enough. However, the vast majority of babies know when they’re hungry and when they’re satisfied. By noticing and respecting your baby’s signals of “all done”, you’re supporting them to grow a healthy body and get the nutrition that they need. You also won’t be teaching your baby the poor habits of overeating or mindless eating.

Provide lots of opportunity to learn eating skills with a wide variety of textures. Puree is a texture that adults eat too (e.g. mashed potatoes, oatmeal). So there’s value in giving your little one the opportunity to eat them. Purees also offer the opportunity for your baby to learn to use utensils. Finger foods teach babies to chew before swallowing. To minimize picky eating, provide your baby with a wide variety of textures before the picky eating stage begins. The picky eater stage often starts between 12 – 24 months but I’ve seen it start as early as 9 months. If your child has only tried pureed foods when they reach the picky eating stage, it can contribute to picky eating.

babyProvide lots of iron-rich foods. Little bodies use iron for growth and development. It’s particularly important in brain development. There are a number of iron-rich foods that can be provided as purees and finger foods. Iron-rich foods include:

• Meats
• Poultry
• Fish and shellfish
• Egg yolk
• Beans and lentils
• Tofu
• Nut and seed butters
• Iron-enriched infant cereal

In summary, both purees and finger foods can play a role in meeting babies’ nutrition needs and teaching babies eating skills and establishing life-long healthy eating habits. Provide a variety of textures, iron rich foods, and be sure to follow your baby’s lead in how much to eat.

– Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD is known as The Dietitian Who Transforms Picky Eaters into Food Confident Kids. From introducing solids through the picky eating years, she helps Moms and Dads be confident that they’re giving their kids good nutrition today… and instilling a life-long LOVE of healthy eating. Get scientific evidence-based answers to real questions from real parents (recipes too!) by signing up for her 101 Healthy Snack Ideas at:

Happy Baby Psychology

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By Jean Vreeland

motherbabyyogaA short daily workout can have an enormous impact on your health and well-being. By doing a little something everyday, you will tone up, lose weight, and feel better.

Mantras, visualizations, and scripting are powerful tools to enhance your workout. Visualizations can help to reprogram your brain with positive messages and will help you to be more health conscious during the day. A few simple mantras and visualizations during your workout can work wonders for you both physically and psychologically.

One of my favorite moves is the Happy Baby! For those of you not familiar with this move, it is a yoga position where you lie on your back and bring your legs up and place your hands on the insteps of your feet. You then rock back and forth and then rock from side to side. It is a great stretch and feels really good.

When performing the happy baby I smile and pretend I am a happy baby! I also repeat the following mantra; “I am a happy baby and nothing anyone says or does is going to bother me today, all of my needs are met. Everybody loves a happy baby!” This is where the psychology comes in. The move is fun and childlike and puts me in a childlike frame of mind. This mantra helps me to visualize being a happy baby.

While saying this mantra, I actually become a happy baby in my mind for a few moments. This helps me to let go of the worries and negative energy of the “adult world” and puts me in a place of pure joy. The place of the happy baby that everybody loves! I always imagine that I am a happy baby and that I do not have a care in the world when I am doing this move. There is something very magical about this psychology. Doing this everyday reinforces happy and healthy thoughts.

Other moves include the Veggie Tray. This is a move that uses serving fresh fruits and veggies as a visualization while doing the exercise. There are also full-body breaths that help to oxygenate the body and the brain. There are many mantras that I use while performing the full-body breaths. For example: Breathe in positive energy, breathe out negative energy, breathe in love, breathe out fear, breathe in health, breathe out all illness, along with many more. By performing these each day, you reprogram your subconscious mind and begin to feel more positive about your life and to feel better in general. The combination of movements, mantras, and visualizations really work wonders for your mind and body!

I encourage everyone to take at least five minutes each day to do a little workout. Reciting these mantras while performing the exercises will help to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. A small investment of five minutes each day for your health and well-being will pay off in ways beyond your imagination. Give yourself this gift each day and reap incredible rewards!

– Guest author, Jean Vreeland, Creator of the Team PJW 5-Minute Pajama Workout, The Workout for Real People. After years of health and fitness research, exercise classes, and personal trial and error, Jean finally met her goal weight and kept it off with a five-minute morning routine that she created for herself. She refined this workout over time and realized it could help others that did not have the time to workout or go to the gym. That is how the Team PJW 5-Minute Pajama workout was created. This workout is quick, easy, and enjoyable, and you can do it at home, in your pajamas, in as little as five minutes!

Baby Boomers – Growing Old Gracefully – Part 2

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By Dr. Michael Wald

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

seniorcoupleexercisesmallEach baby bomber has individual nutritional and health needs that are far better determined by blood work and a comprehensive health intake by a longevity doctor. Nonetheless, by considering these guidelines you will be well on your way to baby bomber bliss. Baby bombers are a pro-active bunch, and in my experience in clinical nutrition practice, I know that they are willing to do what it takes to live better for longer!

Musculoskeletal Problems

A painful reality for the baby bomber generation…..

Arthritis of the neck, back, hips and knees along with disc disease, muscle pain, osteoporosis and nerve problems all constitute musculoskeletal problems faced by many baby bombers. Ergonomic improvements at work such as computer cushions and special chairs fall far short of what is required to regenerate musculoskeletal problems and keep healthy. Here’s what to do –


1. Drink plenty of water daily (body weight divided by 2, multiplied by 0.8 is the number of ounces your body needs, more if you are exercising).

2. Increase the amount of whole, unprocessed foods in your diet including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and raw nuts and seeds – its all high fiber.

3. Limit saturated fats in animal products and increase your intake of polyunsatured fats such as those found in olive oils, salmon, tuna, cod and mackerel, currents and raw nuts and seeds.

4. Fifteen to twenty percent of your diet should be from proteins such as lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, soy products and beans.

5. Eat several small meals throughout the day and chew thoroughly- eat every 2 hrs.

6. Supplement your diet with the supplements in this article if appropriate.

AVOID THESE FOODS– Eliminate or drastically reduce your intake of processed and refined foods, simple sugars, and fried foods

– Eliminate refined and processed sugars like those in candy and desserts

– Eliminate coffee

– Eliminate Nightshade plants (cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and broccoli): IF you notice that they worsen your joint pain

– Do not drink colas (with phosphorous).

– Do not drink fluids with your meals

– Do not eat when you are stressed and on the run.


Begin weight-bearing exercise to strengthen bones and muscles; practice overall body stretching; do aerobic activities at least 5x/week at 70% of your heart rate maximum (220-your age x 0.6).


Take a comprehensive joint complex supplement with a synergistic balance of:

• MSM – to provide sulfation for soft-tissue repair: 1000 mg
• Glucosamine sulfate to form more joint cartilage: 15,000 mg
• Chondroitin – to provide building blocks for joints: 1000 mg
• And vitamins A (acetate): 25,000 mg, C (ascorbic acid); 2-10 grams; E (d-alpha tocoacetate): 400 IUs; B-1, B-2, niacinamide (B3) and B-6 50 mg each except B3 go up to 500 mg daily – required for optimal tissue repair
• Omega 3 fatty acids: chose an organic, vegetarian omega 3 source: 2-6 grams daily.
• Magnesium Chelate: 500-1000 mg per day.
• Active folic acid: 1000 mcg per day.
• Calcium microcrystalline hydroxyapatite: 1000 mg per day


ESR and CRP for inflammation; indican, gliadin antibodies and intrinsic factor antibody for absorption; allergy tests, thyroid and other hormone levels (i.e, testosterone, progesterone, growth hormone, etc); vitamin C “use” tests and antioxidant testing.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: or or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Baby Boomers – Growing Old Gracefully – Part 1

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By Dr. Michael Wald

seniormanCan Good Nutrition Help less and treat joint and muscle pain in Baby Boomers?

The concepts provided in this and forthcoming articles about health and the baby bomber, when applied to your life, have the potential to keep you well much longer with less disability and increased longevity. If you are over 65 years old this year then you are one of over 78 million baby boomers. Defined as those born between the years 1946 to 1964, as a “certified baby boomer,” you can count on a few things as you age …..

– You will be one of over 2.8 million people that will be eligible for Medicare.

– Your average life expectancy, at birth, if you are a man is 75.4 and if you are a woman 80.4. If you have or will soon make it to 65 years old your life expectancy improves to an average of 83.6 years.

– You will likely live longer due to medical advances and improved nutrition and reduced infant mortality, but will be the inevitable recipient of multiple diseases and/or disabilities.

– You will either eventually live in a nursing home as the number of baby boomers over the age of 65 is exponentially increasing by a rate of 2.5 by the year 2040, or you will die alone in a hospital bed.

Does living longer mean you will enjoy a pain free, energetic life with the freedom of mind and body to enjoy life fully? Sadly, maybe not as a large majority of baby bombers suffer from musculoskeletal problems like those mentioned in this article. If you practice healthy eating habits and exercise smartly you will likely reduce your eventual disability and risk of several diseases including: degenerative arthritis, dementia, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic fatigue and more. Unless you adapt daily longevity strategies designed to reach, maintain or achieve optimal health you will likely end up like most Americans and suffer from: memory issues, fatigue, joint and muscle pains and ever increasing disease risk. This ongoing series for baby boomers will provide education and advice for living longer and better by staving off many baby boomer diseases/disabilities.

How Long You Live Maybe Up To You

Mortality rates of baby boomers differ from country to country, but life expectancy in the United States seems to be reaching an upper limit. The United Kingdom, Sweden, France and the Netherlands and Japan have a lower mortality rate than the United States. In Sweden and Japan life expectancy is three to four times higher than in the US. The reason for this discrepancy is not clear but likely involves a combination of lifestyle factors, reduction in infant mortality, individual genetics, availability of quality health care and other factors. Although dietary and lifestyle factors including exercise, sleep patterns, stress levels and nutrition are not the only areas that influence quality and quantity of life, they play a major role and can be greatly influenced by how you live on a daily basis.

Redefining Aging and Longevity

seniors2If baby boomers adopt healthier diets, better exercise habits and maintain a wellness attitude, a higher quality and length of life can be expected as compared to the “typical American baby bomber counter-part”; this baby bomber lives’ on the SAD (Standard American) diet proven to cause premature death and disability. Healthy lifestyle practices, found within holistic health care, and not emphasized in allopathic medicine, have proven effects on reducing your risk of developing many inevitable diseases for some baby boomer’s including:

• Alzheimer’s disease
• Cancer
• Cardiovascular disease
• Degenerative arthritis
• Dementia
• Diabetes
• Eye problems
• Fatigue
• Hepatitis C
• Hypertension
• Infections, acute and chronic

You may not be able to avoid these and other diseases of aging, but focused education and effort can minimize your risk. In this article, I will focus on how you can continue to move freely unimpeded by arthritis and muscle pain and stiffness from aging, overwork and degenerative arthritis. Retiring and being unable to continue living a quality of life is largely up to you! Scientific studies, and my 22 years of clinical experience have convinced me that the choice of health is largely, although not entirely, up to you. Environment, diet, stress, sleep, hormones, toxins and nutritional supplements are just some of the areas my articles will focus on.

Here are some quick and practical things you can do to begin to reduce your risk of degenerative musculoskeletal problems. For this topic of musculoskeletal health, and for all future topics I will cover in this baby bomber ongoing series of articles I have created a few sections that make it all very simple! These sections are:


Stay tuned for part 2 of this articles shortly…..

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: or or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Chiropractic Offers Answers To Baby Boomers’ Needs

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By Dr. Kevin Kita

seniorcoupleexercisesmallAn article in the April 22, 2005 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research points out how chiropractic is perfectly situated to meet the needs and demands of the upcoming “Age Wave” of baby boomers who expect to live healthier, happier, longer lives by breaking free of traditional approaches to health care.

“Age Wave” describes how the sweeping effect that the 78 million baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) are having on our culture.

In the realm of health care, Age Wavers seem to be placing more importance on the mind-body connection that, in their view of the world, leads to a more optimal state of mind that is better able to cope with the stresses of our hectic world.

The Age Wavers are looking for health care providers that will help them learn to live rather than how to die, help them stay healthy and independent while steering them toward balance in life, comfort and an increase in their quality of life.

They want to be active and informed in their health care decisions and are less inclined to rely on one doctor to oversee their care. In their new worldview, traditional medical advice would be balanced with that of wellness and alternative practitioners.

The author points out that chiropractic is ideally suited to meet the demands and needs of the emerging cultural shift.

The author points out that chiropractic is ideally suited to meet the demands and needs of the emerging cultural shift. While chiropractic has a foundation in science, it can also provide the philosophical concepts that traditional health care cannot; that the body is a self-healing, self-maintaining organism that tends toward health and wellness providing nothing interferes with that process.

By focusing on correcting vertebral subluxations, which interfere with health and wellness, chiropractic care is able to help people achieve the increase in quality of life, performance and potential that they demand.

– Dr. Kevin Kita, Chiropractor, Author, International Speaker, and Radio Host. Dr. Kita is well known among his patients for his compassion, wisdom, astonishing intuition, gentle and caring demeanor, and non-invasive chiropractic technique. He is a 1997 graduate of the Sherman Chiropractic College and has been practicing Chiropractic in the Yardley/Morrisville area for the past 15 years.

Obesity Can Begin At Age Nine Months

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From Youth Health Journal…..”I always enjoy stories from UPI, and I found this one very interesting. This article discusses how obesity can start in young children as early as nine months. The sad truth is now, there are many young children who are obese, and this is a strong predictor that they may lead a life of obesity as they grow older. Although these children are very young, and may find it difficult to get exercise at such a young age, many of them are consuming sugary drinks, especially at bedtime, which is contributing to their excess weight. By the time children start kindergarten, 6 percent are already severely obese and on the path to a lifetime of health issues from diabetes to heart disease. This article even went as far as stating that an obese mother during preganancy may have a child who could potentially have weight problems. So, what can we learn from this? We can teach our young children about healthy eating, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle at very young ages. Help them build positive habits at a young age that will contribute to a healthy body. If a parent is able to be a good ‘health’ role model, even better! Always remember, good habits can start at any age – – for anybody, both parent and child. All it takes is committment, determination, discipline, and pride. Also, good health happens in ‘baby steps’ and not overnight. Please visit the UPI site to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

A U.S. pediatrician said obesity can begin in infants, so parents should consider fitness a goal not only for themselves and other children, but baby as well.

Dr. Glenn Flores, a pediatrician at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said surpassing the 85th percentile for Body Mass Index at 9 months of age is one of the most powerful predictors of severe obesity, which is defined as being above the 99th percentile of average Americans at any given age.

By the time children start kindergarten, 6 percent are already severely obese and on the path to a lifetime of health issues from diabetes to heart disease, Flores said.

“Multiple risk factors associated with obesity play a role, ranging from the sugary drinks children consume to their bedtime habits,” Flores said in a statement.

The risk for obesity can start even before birth. If the mother was severely obese just before her pregnancy, it’s likely her child also will face weight problems, while being Latino or multiracial is also associated with severe obesity among kindergartners, Flores said.

The first step to reducing the risk of obesity is screening for children who are at high risk. When children are 9 months old, children’s BMI and growth curve should be monitored, Flores advised.

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Guest Post – Paul Williams, Helping You And Your Baby Through Colic

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babyA newborn baby with colic cries inconsolably, despite everything its mother has done to ease the fussiness. The crying usually lasts for a long period of time, easily more than three hours, and roughly occurs at the same time every day. As many as twenty five percent of babies suffer from colic, and there is no known cause. A bout of colic can be an extremely stressful experience but fortunately, it is a temporary condition. The symptoms usually improve by three months of age, and are gone at about four to five months.

The Symptoms and Diagnosis of Colic

Make an appointment with your doctor and go prepared to let him know about eating, sleeping, and crying patterns.

If your baby has developed a pattern of intense fussiness with a sometimes tense body, it could very well be colic, but you should never assume there is not an underlying problem. Make an appointment with your doctor and go prepared to let him know about eating, sleeping, and crying patterns. He can perform a physical exam to rule out another health issue. If he finds no problem, be grateful, and be prepared to deal with a stretch of stormy weather.

Dealing with Colic

Although there is no cure, there are a variety of things a parent can do to help a colicky baby.

• Try feeding your baby more frequently, before he has a chance to get very hungry. Feed him in as upright a position as possible, and burp him frequently.

• If you are breastfeeding, make sure he nurses thoroughly from one breast before switching to the other. The later milk has a higher nutritional value and will be more satisfying.

• If you are bottle feeding, make sure the hole in the nipple is not so large as to make your baby gulp and draw in extra air.

• Offer your baby a pacifier. The sucking can soothe him.

• Hold your baby close and snuggle him. Carry him in a baby sling. Wrap him closely in a lightweight blanket. Research indicates that closely swaddled babies sleep better.

• Movement can soothe a baby. Walk with him; rock him; sway with him; take him for a ride in the car.

• Music can also soothe a baby. Sing to him or play a CD softly.

• Warmth can relax a baby. Give him a warm bath or place a warm baby bottle or towel on his belly.

• Some baby medicines for gas relief help, but never give your baby any medicine without first asking your doctor.

• Some that say probiotics that balance the digestive system may be a wise move. Ask your doctor.

• Herbal remedies like teas with fennel and dill may help, but check with your doctor first.

• Lay your baby on his bike and gently bicycle his legs to shift any gas bubbles that may be there.

• Massage your baby with close attention to his tummy.

Experiment with ways to soothe your baby. Some ideas may work in combination with others, and sometimes, nothing will make a difference.

Experiment with ways to soothe your baby. Some ideas may work in combination with others, and sometimes, nothing will make a difference. Never lose sight of the fact that this is temporary, and there will be no long term difficulties that result from colic. If you are feeling frustrated, get some relief or take a break. It is okay to put your baby in a safe place, like a crib, and walk into another room to gather your wits. Do not despair. A colicky baby does not mean you are a bad parent. You are just going through a very difficult time that will pass.

– Paul Williams has been writing for the babysitting industry for the last decade. His articles are very useful and he writes regularly for