Do you feel like your kid is constantly getting sick? Well, that’s likely because a child’s developing immune system makes them more susceptible to illness, especially with frequent exposure to germs at daycares, classrooms, and playgrounds.
The current generation is the first whose lifespans will be shorter than their parents’, and the incidence of chronic illness is to blame. Some statistics claim that 1 in 3 children have a chronic illness diagnosis with obesity, Type 2 diabetes, asthma, life-threatening allergies, Celiac disease, autism and ADHD leading the charge. These conditions have skyrocketed in just 30 years – and will only continue to climb.
What you choose to put in your body during pregnancy directly impacts your child’s health – and Tylenol (aka acetaminophen/paracetamol) is no exception. For decades Tylenol has been commercially endorsed as THE “go-to” over-the-counter pain reliever, with over 60% of women in the United States relying on it to alleviate aches and pains related to pregnancy. However, mounting evidence continues to underscore the potential short- and long-term health risks it poses to babies – before and after birth.
Kids are often mistaken for being little manipulative masterminds. But the truth is – they’re not. They’re burgeoning beings who are learning how to navigate the world and interact with people around them.
To better manage your child’s behavior it is instructive to understand why they do the things they do, and every stage of childhood development comes with a set of common behaviors and challenges. Below we’ll give you a brief breakdown of what you can expect during these developmental stages along with pediatric care tips to help alleviate some of the stresses of parenting.
More and more studies are proving that our earliest exposures to food – both before and after birth – set the stage for lifelong flavor preferences and eating habits. This means, as parents, you have more control over what kinds of foods your child likes than you probably realize.
Some kids simply can’t tolerate gluten and that can manifest in different ways. The array of complaints can include, but aren’t limited to, stomach aches and other digestive issues, nasal congestion, headaches, itchy/watery eyes, skin rashes, and mood complaints such as anxiety or depression. It’s also becoming more and more apparent, especially among functional medicine pediatricians, that a gluten sensitivity can negatively impact a child’s behavior.
Preconception care means comprehensively preparing your body to provide the healthiest possible environment for your developing baby. At GetzWell, where we believe pediatric care should begin before your baby is born, we have named this process “greening the womb.”
Milk has long been considered the ultimate source of calcium – the builder of strong bones and overall health. However, in the world of pediatric care, its actual impact on a child’s wellbeing is a growing cause for concern. In this post we’ll unravel the truth behind dairy’s nutritional value and offer alternatives for growing strong and healthy kids.
As a parent, you want nothing more than for your children to grow up healthy and happy. Unfortunately, most of us are unaware of the many environmental factors that have a real impact on our health and well-being. Thankfully, the San Francisco pediatric care experts at GetzWell Pediatrics make it their business to understand these factors and take the guesswork out of raising truly healthy kids.