New Baby! Sweet sounding words. Since there is no more precious gift than a brand-new, beautiful baby—and the ongoing protection of that baby as he or she grows to the teen year and beyond is of utmost concern to you all. But the 21st century has brought new challenges and threats to our children’s health—from fast food and inactivity leading to a growing epidemic of overweight children, to adult diseases such as hypertension and type-2 diabetes being diagnosed in children, to the emerging concerns about toxic chemicals in our environment being linked to the increased diagnoses of asthma. It is sometimes hard to know where to turn when you need answers to issues facing your children and your family.
Today some of the most pressing concerns that moms and dads have on their minds today: immune health, childhood obesity, brain development, environmental health concerns, and more.
Did You Know?
• During the past 25 years, consumption of milk—the largest dietary source of calcium—has decreased 36% among adolescent girls.
• The American Academy of Pediatrics recently doubled its daily Vitamin D intake recommendations for babies, children, and adolescents, and recommends supplementation because most children do not get enough from diet alone.
• Children who consume fast food have higher intakes of fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium—and lower intakes of fiber, calcium, and iron—than those children who do not eat fast food.
• Breakfast is an important meal for growing children, yet many children skip breakfast. Studies have documented a significant and positive relationship between eating breakfast and school performance.
• The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency advise pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children to avoid some types of fish because they are high in mercury, which makes getting adequate amounts of DHA through the diet alone more difficult. There is so much more!
Wise supplementation for babies and older children can mean the difference in having a smart, healthy, happy child and having one who is always sickly. Children are our future. What we do now will effect them for the rest of their lives. For additional information visit my site and my blog.