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Asthmatic children and feather bedding

Posted on April 23, 2011 at 4:48 AM Comments comments (0)
Feather bedding no help for asthmatic children
Asthmatic children do not gain any benefit from using a feather pillow and doona rather than synthetic bedding, an Australian trialhas found.
While observational studies have suggested lower rates of wheeze in children who use feather bedding, this was not borne out in a one year intervention carried out in NSW and the ACT.
 The prospective study in almost 200 children who were sensitive to house dust mite found no difference in respiratory symptoms between those who were assigned to use a duck feather pillow and quilt and those who used synthetic bedding. However, sleeping position seemed to be a factor in the effect of bedding, as children who slept in the supine position appeared to gain some protection against wheeze by using feather bedding, according to the study published in the Archives of Childhood Diseases (online 30 March).
Study author Professor Nick Glasgow from the ANU Medical School says feather bedding was presumed to be better than synthetic bedding in asthmatic children because it harbours lower levels of Der p1 dust mite levels.
The authors say their trial showed that bedding alone was not a significant factor in child wheeze, and that other variables such as sleeping position should be further investigated.
Michael Woodhead
 Here are some strategies that might help your child cope better with asthma:
  • Regularly wash soft toys, or put them in the freezer overnight to kill dust mites.
  • Eliminate all food allergens from the diet. The most common allergenic foods are dairy, soy, citrus, peanuts, wheat, fish, eggs, corn, food colourings, and additives. An elimination/challenge trial may be helpful in uncovering sensitivities. (Ring for an appointment to obtain details on this type of elimination diet.
  • Reduce pro-inflammatory foods in the diet including saturated fats (meats, especially poultry, and dairy), refined foods, and sugar.
  • Patients sensitive to antibiotics should eat only organic meats to avoid antibiotic residues.
  • Avoid foods with a high content of mould or leftover food, yeasts, pickles, vinegars, etc
  • Emphasise foods high in essential fatty acids such as oily fish and nuts / seeds. See the new formula food2live (visit
  • Eat a minimally processed diet rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and bioflavonoids.

Persistent crying and later behavioural problems

Posted on April 21, 2011 at 9:39 PM Comments comments (135)
Persistent crying linked to ADHD
Infants who have problems with persistent crying, sleeping and feeding are at higher risk of developing behavioural problems such as ADHD, a study suggests.
Swiss researchers analysed data from 22 studies involving almost 17,000 children and found that infants with previous regulatory problems were more likely to have behavioural problems as children than infants without regulatory problems.
The most significant association was found for persistent crying in infancy and the development of externalising problems and ADHD, say the  researchers in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood (online April 21).
Behavioural problems were also most common in children from families with multiple problems. The researchers say that deficits in regulatory competence and stimuli control in infancy may be early markers for uncontrolled behaviour later in childhood.  
Michael Woodhead
I find in my practice that the nutrient that is most important for the protection of the baby’s brain development is fat.
The frontal part of the brain of our children finishes developing at age 20 or even a little later. That part of the brain is the one that regulates behaviour that let us negotiate with others and reason.
It is very frequent that mothers that are depleted of the good fats (essential fatty acids), suffer from post natal depression. The baby has depleted the mother dry of this building block of the nervous system, making her deficient, and often is not enough…the baby is born with deficiencies, and therefore has a very unsettled start to his/her life.
Our modern mothers, in the very valid effort of not putting weight resort to minimising their intake of fats. The healthier alternative would be to avoid nutrient-empty simple refined carbohydrates, and including regular exercise.
In a Sydney study of more than 1000 infants born to couples that followed a preconception health program, the findings were that these babies had superb health and a higher than average IQ.
Invest in your child’s future health: embark in a Preconception Program, to achieve superb health before you conceive. This is the utmost in PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE.