Optimal Baby and Kids

 

Whether you are a first-time parent or a seasoned mom or dad, your child's health and development are of great importance to you.

 

You may have been given lots of advice, by friends and family, and much of it may not have come with research-based reasoning, other than, "it worked for my kids." You may have also felt your pediatricians left too much up to you when it came to the formula or foods and it was too overwhelming to do the research at that time.

Tips for when you are expecting

1. Consider a backup to breastfeeding before you need it and stock up on enough for a few weeks in advance of your delivery date. Otherwise, you will feel forced to start and stick with the first formula you can get your hands on.

2. Don't simply pick one of the big-name brands just because it has been around a long time, as the ingredients have most certainly have changed over the years.

3. Remember, formulas commonly get updated to remove chemicals and often add new "supplements" to the milk to provide added benefits, which have not been fed to babies long enough to know the long-term health impact.

Let's start with the research 

  • Breast milk is best when you have enough supply for your baby. The longer you can feed your baby breast milk, the better. (1)

  • If your baby is showing skin rashes it may be a sign of a food allergy and don't just dismiss it as baby eczema. If you suspect your baby or child is reacting to a food, talk to your child's doctor who can refer your child to a pediatric allergist to confirm a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. (2,3)

1.https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/about-breastfeeding/why-it-matters.html

2.https://nationaleczema.org/eczema-development-food-allergies-infants/

3.https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthy-eating/eczema-allergy-baby-children 

Children's Toys and Safety

  • Toys can be sold in the US without the testing to confirm they are in fact safe from exposing your child to toxic chemicals. 

  • The potential health and environmental risks of new chemicals are often not identified as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an independent executive agency of the United States federal government tasked with environmental protection matters. 

  • The EPA lacks data to ensure that it issues EPA rules on the new chemicals, which allows chemical companies to manufacture and sell toys without developing and submitting toxicity information to EPA.  

  • The younger the child, the more careful you want to be about buying chemical-free toys, as the toys are more likely to end up in a child’s mouth.

 

One resource for checking on the safety of toys is HealthyStuff.org*, a Michigan-based nonprofit environmental organization that works at the local, state, and national levels for clean production so that parents are aware of what their children are playing with.

*https://www.ecocenter.org/healthy-stuff/product-search

The information, recommendations, and resources shared by Optimal Life Science are based on the independent research findings by Optimal Life Science and associated contributors. 

None of the opinions should replace the advice of a licensed medical professional.

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