As we head into another school year, are your fingers crossed for a healthy start for your little ones? Do they always seem to “bring everything home”? Do they always seem to be sick?
Our children are more sick than ever before, with 15-18% living with chronic illness (asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, etc). So why is our health declining?
There are many reasons, but to top the list, we look at the nutrition of both mom and child, the birth process, medication use and environmental toxins.
For example, studies show that antibiotic use in the first year of life will increase a child’s risk of developing asthma in later years, and the risk increases with each round of antibiotics prescribed. Unfortunately, antibiotic use is escalating and in many instances, is not the most effective course of action. Ear infections are a perfect example. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, less is often more, and they recommend a wait and see approach, as more and more research is showing that ear infections often resolve on their own in the same time frame as it would with antibiotics. Interesting isn’t it?
To find out more interesting facts, make plans to attend our Growing Healthy Children event on Thursday, September 14 at 6:30pm. There, we will discuss the five most common conditions that we see children for in the office: • Ear Infections • Constipation • Asthma/Allergies • Colic • ADHD/Sensory Processing Disorders