Pediatric Concerns Which Respond Well to Integrative Therapy
We assist children diagnosed with diseases, disorders, syndromes which often have not responded well to other therapies.
The following is a brief list of common pediatric ailments we frequently see here at Atlanta Integrative Medicine. By no means is this exhaustive; please contact the clinic directly if you have a question about a specific diagnosis or condition not listed below:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Allergies, dietary and airborne
Eczema
Chronic Infections
ADD/ADHD
Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PANDAS
Primary Immunodeficiency Disorder
Safe and effective neonatal disease treatment
Pediatric disease prevention and wellness
Newborn, infant and toddler support:
Waldorf Maple Teether Natural Teething Ring
What can my baby teethe on aside from plastic toys and the dog’s ear? Here is a great natural solution: http://www.amazon.com/Waldorf-Maple-Teether-Natural-Teething/dp/B000VLR178
New Study Supports Exclusive Breastfeeding for First Six Months
New research provides more evidence that when moms exclusively breastfeed their newborns and infants for the first six months of life, they can signficantly reduce their baby's risk of serious lung and intestinal infections. Researchers in the Netherlands looked at data from more than 4000 infants. They found that babies who were exclusively breastfed for more than four months had a "significant reduction of respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases in infants." They also found that being breastfed until six months of age seemed to be even more protective and even appeared to reduce the number of infections for the next six months of the child's life. Read more
There's no place like home for babies to pick up toxins
A crawling baby learns about her world with every step, building her muscles as she discovers the difference between smooth bathroom tiles and squishy living room rugs. To her burgeoning taste buds, both taste great.But research shows that babies pick up more than new skills as they explore their environments. Read more
"Discover the secrets to success that can help your child reach their full potential — as a student, as an athlete, as a productive and successful member of our society.You can develop these benefits into your baby by spending as little as 30 minutes a day using the techniques found in Advance My Baby — the Manual." Read more
Newborns With Low Vitamin D Levels at Increased Risk for Respiratory Infections
The vitamin D levels of newborn babies appear to predict their risk of respiratory infections during infancy and the occurrence of wheezing during early childhood, but not the risk of developing asthma. Results of a study in the January 2011 issue of Pediatrics support the theory that widespread vitamin D deficiency contributes to risk of infections. Read more
ADD/ADHD/SENSORY
WHAT IS VISION THERAPY?
Vision Therapy Is Effective Treatment
Vision therapy -- a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain -- is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency and some reading and learning disabilities. Many patients who have been told, "it's too late," or "you'll have to learn to live with it" have benefited from vision therapy. Read more
Hyper acute Hearing (Hypersensitive), Speech and Language Delay (SLD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Auditory Integration Training (Berard AIT)
'I have confidence that Berard AIT makes a beneficial difference in the way children perceive and process sound and I hope that it will help others as much as it has helped my boys...Prior to Berard AIT, any new situation would have to be introduced very slowly and you couldn't rush Adam or he'd fall apart. He doesn't say "what" as much - in fact, he hears most of what we say the first time we say it. Another unexpected effect of Berard AIT is Adam's motor planning is suddenly better.' http://www.aitinstitute.org/berard_ait_hyperacute_hearing_spd.htm
" What is Therapeutic Listening®?
Developed by Vital Links, Therapeutic Listening is research based tool for treating people of all ages who have difficulty processing sensory information, listening, attention, and communication." Read More
" What is a sensory diet?
Just as your child needs food throughout the course of the day, his need for sensory input must also be met. A “sensory diet” (coined by OT Patricia Wilbarger) is a carefully designed, personalized activity plan that provides the sensory input a person needs to stay focused and organized throughout the day. Just as you may jiggle your knee or chew gum to stay awake or soak in a hot tub to unwind, children need to engage in stabilizing, focusing activities too." Read More
Study: Diet May Help ADHD Kids More Than Drugs
Hyperactivity. Fidgeting. Inattention. Impulsivity. If your child has one or more of these qualities on a regular basis, you may be told that he or she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. If so, they'd be among about 10 percent of children in the United States.
Kids with ADHD can be restless and difficult to handle. Many of them are treated with drugs, but a new study says food may be the key. Read more
Study: A Link Between Pesticides and ADHD
Studies linking environmental substances to disease are coming fast and furious. Chemicals in plastics and common household goods have been associated with serious developmental problems, while a long inventory of other hazards are contributing to rising rates of modern ills: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, autism. Add attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to the list. Read more
Pesticides Bad For Kids' Brains (Just Not In Vaccines)
Children exposed to higher levels of a type of pesticide found in trace amounts on commercially grown fruit and vegetables are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than children with less exposure, a nationwide study suggests. Read more
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Urinary Metabolites of Organophosphate Pesticides
Maryse F. Bouchard, PhD, David C. Bellinger, PhD, Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH, Marc G. Weisskopf, PhD
Abstract Objective: The goal was to examine the association between urinary concentrations of dialkyl phosphate metabolites of organophosphates and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 8 to 15 years of age.
Methods: Cross-sectional data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2000–2004) were available for 1139 children, who were representative of the general US population. A structured interview with a parent was used to ascertain ADHD diagnostic status, on the basis of slightly modified criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.
Results: One hundred nineteen children met the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. Children with higher urinary dialkyl phosphate concentrations, especially dimethyl alkylphosphate (DMAP) concentrations, were more likely to be diagnosed as having ADHD. A 10-fold increase in DMAP concentration was associated with an odds ratio of 1.55 (95% confidence interval: 1.14–2.10), with adjustment for gender, age, race/ethnicity, poverty/income ratio, fasting duration, and urinary creatinine concentration. For the most-commonly detected DMAP metabolite, dimethyl thiophosphate, children with levels higher than the median of detectable concentrations had twice the odds of ADHD (adjusted odds ratio: 1.93 [95% confidence interval: 1.23–3.02]), compared with children with undetectable levels.
Conclusions: These findings support the hypothesis that organophosphate exposure, at levels common among US children, may contribute to ADHD prevalence. Prospective studies are needed to establish whether this association is causal. Published online May 17, 2010 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-3058). http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2010/05/17/peds.2009-3058.abstract
Allergies, dietary and airborne
Kids With Food Allergies Foundation Community
The mission of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation is to help families keep children with food allergies safe and healthy. One of the unique ways KFA provides that help is through our online forums. Our community is the largest online support community for families raising children with food allergies and it's free! http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/
Study Ties Kids' Allergy Risks to Antibacterials, Preservatives
Antibacterials and preservatives in products such as soap, toothpaste and mouthwash may be linked to an increased risk of allergies in children, according to a new study.
Johns Hopkins Children's Center researchers used data from a U.S. national health survey of 860 children, aged 6 to 18, to examine the link between urinary levels of antibacterials and preservatives found in many personal-care products and the presence of IgE antibodies in the children's blood. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_126509.html
Rate of Childhood Peanut Allergies More Than Triples
"Researchers can't explain increase in last decade, although actual number is still small." THURSDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey suggests that the percentage of children with peanut allergies has more than tripled in just over a decade, although the actual number of kids thought to have the allergy is still small. http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/05/rate-of-childhood-peanut-allergies-more-than-triples.html
Clues to Gluten Sensitivity
For the first time, we have scientific evidence that indeed, gluten sensitivity not only exists, but is very different from celiac disease," says lead author Alessio Fasano, medical director of the University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research. Read More
Why are food allergies on the rise?
A recent study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that visits to the emergency room at Children's Hospital Boston for allergic reactions more than doubled from 2001 to 2006. Although this is just one hospital, the findings reflect a rise in food allergies seen in national reports, said Dr. Susan Rudders, lead author and pediatric allergist-immunologist in Providence, Rhode Island. Read More
Food Allergies take a toll on families and finances
A debate has broken out over how many people in this country really have food allergies. But whatever the numbers, parents whose children have serious reactions to certain foods can attest to the distress — and high financial costs — such allergies can cause. Read More
Chronic Infections
More than 32 Million American Kids Chronically Sick: It's Time to Demand Answers
A recent study (below) states that 54% of American children currently suffer from chronic illness. WHY? When did school nurses become pharmaceutical specialists? When did reading and writing require an Epi-pen? Why does a jar of Skippy need a skull and crossbones for so many kids? Read More
Environmental, General
Children’s Health and Wellness
Welcome to DR. PAUL's Child Health and Wellness Info Site which is inspired by DR. PAUL's belief that "knowledge is comfort" and that accurate and accessible health and wellness information is one of the best tools for ensuring your family's good health. http://www.drpaul.com/
Healthy Child Healthy World
We ignite the movement that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals. Read more
Group finds carcinogens in kids bath products
Many children's bath products contain chemicals that may cause cancer and skin allergies, according to a report released Thursday by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Read more
Obesity
Assessing Children’s Dietary Pesticide Exposure: Direct Measurement ?of Pesticide Residues in 24-Hr Duplicate Food Samples
Abstract Background: The data presented here are a response to calls for more direct measurements of pesticide residues in foods consumed by children and provide an opportunity to compare direct measures of pesticide residues in foods representing actual consumption with those reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Pesticide Data Program. http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.1002044
Apple juice can pose a health risk _ from calories
It's true - apple juice can pose a risk to your health. But not necessarily from the trace amounts of arsenic that people are arguing about. Despite the government's consideration of new limits on arsenic, nutrition experts say apple juice's real danger is to waistlines and children's teeth. Apple juice has few natural nutrients, lots of calories and, in some cases, more sugar than soda has. It trains a child to like very sweet things, displaces better beverages and foods, and adds to the obesity problem, its critics say. http://apnews.excite.com/article/20111202/D9RC1HP01.html
Child obesity linked to formula, early start on solids
A new study sheds light on ways to fight childhood obesity — before infants are even out of the cradle. Formula-fed babies who begin solid foods too early — before they're 4 months old — are six times as likely to become obese by age 3, compared with babies who start on solids later, according to a study of 847 in today's Pediatrics. About 9% of children in the study were obese by age 3. http://yourlife.usatoday.com/fitness-food/diet-nutrition/story/2011/02/Child-obesity-linked-to-formula-early-start-on-solids/43348260/1
Plastics Chemical Linked to Obesity in Kids
It's hard to imagine a pacifier or a rubber ducky making your child fat. But new research suggests that chemicals called phthalates, which are found in the plastics that pacifiers and toys are typically made of, may be linked to higher rates of obesity in children. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/06/23/plastics-chemical-linked-to-obesity-in-kids
Safety: Drugs and Vaccines
Johnson & Johnson Recalls Children's Tylenol and Motrin
The U.S. FDA has urged consumers to stop using liquid Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec medicines for children and infants. Johnson & Johnson has announced a broad recall following the discovery of manufacturing deficiencies that could affect the quality, purity and potency of the drugs.
The FDA also warned that consumers should not give adult strength medicine to children instead, as this can result in serious harm. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/13/johnson--johnson-recalls-childrens-tylenol-and-motrin.aspx
Video: We Need To Talk...
Unprecedented rates of autoimmune and neurological issues plague our children. Why? VaxTruth.org and The Chalkboard Campaign bring you important considerations and a call to action. http://vaxtruth.org/2012/05/video-we-need-to-talk/
CDC researchers say mothers should stop breastfeeding to boost 'efficacy' of vaccines
Remember when it was considered crazy talk to suggest that mainstream medicine viewed humanity as being born lacking in pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines, as if these synthetic inputs are necessary miracle nutrients for proper human development? Well, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently showed that they adhere to this lunatic philosophy, having released a study that recommends women withhold breastfeeding their children in order to boost the "effectiveness" of the rotavirus vaccine. http://www.naturalnews.com/034722_breastfeeding_vaccines_CDC.html#ixzz1zCP58PEa
Rotarix rotavirus vaccine contaminated, officials say
Federal health authorities recommended Monday that doctors suspend using Rotarix, one of two vaccines licensed in the United States against rotavirus, saying the vaccine is contaminated with material from a pig virus. "There is no evidence at this time that this material poses a safety risk," Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told reporters in a conference call. http://articles.cnn.com/2010-03-22/health/rotavirus.vaccine_1_rotavirus-vaccine-rotarix-glaxosmithkline?_s=PM:HEALTH
The FDA Shuts Down Common Infant Vaccine After Startling Discovery
"U.S. federal health authorities recommended … that doctors suspend using Rotarix, one of two vaccines licensed in the U.S. against rotavirus, saying the vaccine is contaminated with material from a pig virus," CNN reports. The Rotarix vaccine, which is made by GlaxoSmithKline and was approved by the FDA in 2008, has already been given to about 1 million U.S. children along with 30 million worldwide. The vaccine was found to contain DNA from porcine circovirus 1. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/17/major-vaccine-suspended-due-to-contamination-with-pig-virus.aspx
Child Flu Vaccine Seizures?
More confusing news for parents trying to do the best, safest things for their children when it comes to vaccination.
According to a Vaccine Safety "update" issued by the FDA on Jan. 20, there's been an increase in reports of febrile seizures among infants and children following this year's flu vaccine. Febrile seizures are seizures associated with fever. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20029626-10391695.html
Safety: Products
F.D.A. Makes It Official: BPA Can’t Be Used in Baby Bottles and Cups
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that baby bottles and children’s drinking cups could no longer contain bisphenol A, or BPA, an estrogen-mimicking industrial chemical used in some plastic bottles and food packaging. Read More
Report: Children's products may contain hazardous metals
Rain coats, hair barrettes and jewelry seem harmless. But Consumer Reports magazine says a series of tests uncovered "worrisome levels" of potentially hazardous metals in such children's products currently on store shelves.
In its October 2010 issue, which hits newsstands Tuesday, the magazine says a metal-and-rhinestone hair barrette, a clover-shaped cell phone charm and a vinyl children's rain coat contained heavy metals. http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/09/07/metal.childrens.products/index.html
Lead in Most U.S. Tree Lights Poses Hazard for Kids, Group Says
Fifty-four percent of holiday lights tested in a U.S. study had more lead than regulators permit in children’s products, with some strands containing more than 30 times those levels.
Consumers should wash their hands after handling holiday lights, according to HealthyStuff.org, a product-information website that posted the data today. The Ecology Center, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based group which runs HealthyStuff.org, tested 68 light sets in the study. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-08/lead-in-most-u-s-tree-lights-poses-hazard-for-kids-group-says.html
Lead Safe America Foundation • Preserve Your Child’s Potential
The Lead Safe America Foundation provides emergency intervention and support to families all over the country who have found out their children have been poisoned by lead in their homes. We also engage in activities and participate in events in an effort to educate the public to prevent childhood lead poisoning in the first place. http://www.leadsafeamerica.org/leadsafeamerica.org/Home.html
Early Chemical Exposures May Affect Breast Health: Report
Exposure to common chemicals during critical periods of breast development may affect breast growth, the ability to breast-feed and breast cancer risk, a new report contends.
Some of these chemicals are found in ordinary household products such as certain types of plastic water bottles, canned foods and laundry detergents, the researchers noted. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/womens-health/articles/2011/06/22/early-chemical-exposures-may-affect-breast-health-report
Group finds carcinogens in kids bath products
Many children's bath products contain chemicals that may cause cancer and skin allergies, according to a report released Thursday by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
Twenty-three of 28 products tested contained formaldehyde, the report says. Formaldehyde — considered a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency, — is released as preservatives break down over time in a container. http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-03-12-formaldehyde_N.htm
Mothballs should be put away forever, say doctors Down Under
Granny alert: wrapping your grown childrens' precious baby things in mothballs so that they can be passed on to your grandchildren may seem like a good idea. But mounting reports of deaths and neurological damage in infants attributed to naphthalene poisoning would suggest old-fashioned lavender or sandalwood would be a better choice to ward off moths. http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/children/la-heb-mothballs-020711,0,1036162.story
The danger in mothballs
Exposure to the chemical naphthalene – found in some moth balls, tobacco smoke, emissions from coal- and wood-burning stoves and even some house paints – can damage kids’ DNA in ways that may raise cancer risk. In a recent study of 113 5-year-olds, researchers from the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) found "chromosomal aberrations" that scramble genetic coding in 30 kids. http://www.philly.com/philly/health/The-danger-in-mothballs.html