Good parenting affects lifelong health of progeny.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to tell them to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. – Friedrich Nietzsche
The effects of poverty show up as early as five.
Toxoplasma gondii (from cats) causes maternal violence
Child abuse is akin to bullying (see below),
early alcohol consumption, and smoking, can damage and stiffen teen’s arteries
question doctor’s antibiotic recommendation
asthma information (see also asthma elsewhere in this blog)
own a dog
vitamin B1 (thiamine) for motor function and balance
a sad story about a metal BBQ bristle stuck in a boy’s throat
beware of bribes
on oppositional defiant disorder
offer of rewards beats threats of punishment
Make sure the child knows why the other person feels bad before forcing an apology.
beta-cryptozanthin – from citrus and persimmons, for growth
see Cancer Causative Stuff section for more information
It can be hard to avoid significant BPA exposure.
window blind cords are a hazard for toddlers
body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) can, and should, be treated
good nutrition now to avoid hypertension later
A quality breakfast: There is not much of a connection between the positive claims and the nutritional content of the breakfast cereals. In fact, the actual correlation was almost zero. Here is how to choose a healthy breakfast cereal.
Despite dubious marketing claims, expert recommendations are that toddler milks are not necessary for toddlers and that breastmilk is superior to infant formula for infants up to 12 months.
Works via oligosaccharide 2’FL.
Supported by a population-based birth cohort in the city of Sabadell (Catalonia, Spain).
Supported by a study of 391 healthy infants.
Supported by a study of 1312 Project Viva mothers and children.
Supported by a study of 846 first born singletons.
Breast feeding supports higher IQ.
Breast feeding is especially important for pre-term infants.
Breast feeding supplies Bifidobacterium longum.
better oral health
may help prevent type 1 diabetes
better emotion perception
less chance of conduct disorder
less inflammation into adulthood
improved gut biota
fenugreek tea may help
may help prevent multiple sclerosis in mom
see the longevity post for gut microbial diversity information
Long-chain Ω-3 fats in formula do not substitute for breast milk.
especially important for preterm babies
dietary fructose may be excreted in breast milk – maybe not a good thing
Maternal obesity lowers breast milk fatty acid quality.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, eating 8 to 12 ounces per week of fish and other seafood may improve your baby’s health. However, it is important to choose fish that are higher in EPA and DHA and lower in mercury. Examples are salmon, herring, sardines, and trout.
beware of online-purchased human breast milk
The anxiety and depression from being bullied may decline over time.
exercise may help
early cannabis use may cause later sleep disturbances
and may be a risk for both cardio-respiratory disease and testicular cancer
but if it is started too early, may be a prelude to other drug problems
such as tobacco use
cannabis versus children’s epileptic seizures
breakfast cereals can be too fortified
telling kids they are special may foster narcissism
chamomile vs. colic
chlorinated swimming pools → abnormally low testosterone
Light therapy to strengthen the circadian oscillation can help teens sleep more.
Juul e-cigarettes have addiction potential
circumcision does not appear to reduce sexual pleasure
cold showers for better immunity
constipation in babies
Cough and cold meds (usually) don’t work for children.
also milk consumption is strongly linked to type 1 diabetes:
see the Avoiding Diabetes blog post
exposure to culture → stay in school
N-acetylcysteine (NAC) vs. cannabis and alcohol addiction
to prevent myopia
especially when given in infancy
see also in this blog about cow’s milk being causative of type 1 diabetes
vitamin D vs. type 2 diabetes
→ depleted iron → cognitive impairment
→ a risk factor for a number of diseases in adulthood and reduced life expectancy
maternal dairy-free diet vs. infant colic
it can be a sign of good memory
encourage good dental hygiene to avoid dental anesthetic
straitening teeth is of little value beyond cosmetic
Cloth diapers are better, and not much extra work.
New parents shouldn’t be afraid of a little dirt — or fur: a dog might be a baby’s best friend when it comes to avoiding respiratory disorders.
Here is a dissenting opinion.
One caution: pit bulls and mixed breed dogs are most likely to bite children.
disruptive behavior does not appear to be contagious among siblings
A child’s dreams are to be encouraged, no matter how impractical. When a child shows you something you have to act amazed. Even if it is the most mundane thing in the world, you must show excitement.
drugs for relief of cold symptoms are not proven for young children
household dust is hazardous
ADHD drug abuse can start early
early childhood programs prevent chronic diseases
too much screen time and a poor diet may cause poor sleep
chronic late bedtimes have future health implications
the common teen habit of sleeping in on the weekends is bad news
exercise may help with sleep
Cultivating emotional maturity.
It may be best not to hide negative emotions from them.
Tea Time is a requirement. I do not care how manly you are. You will sit down in a chair that’s WAY too small and will enjoy some fake tea.
support from family and friends vs. depression
depression + video games → suicide
to be slim
to avoid cancer
for future bone health
for future immunity to disease
to promote a healthy adult lifestyle
for better, longer sleep
exercise can reverse the effects of paternal obesity and fast-food diet
resistance training for kids
but maybe not too much on artificial turf
inflammation in children should be minimized due to some worrisome concerns
This study of 229 of pubertal obese children from Mexico City showed that magnesium-deficient diets are determinants of inflammation, while high intake of refined carbohydrates is a risk factor for insulin resistance, independently of central adiposity.
internet use → mental health caution for adolescents
simply limiting screen time is not the answer
stressed fathers negatively affect children’s development
see the stress post
toddler feeding advice
dietary (not supplemental) fiber for less breast cancer risk later on
soluble fiber for better calcium absorption
fire retardant exposure → more anger
contaminated fish oil supplements
also affect developing sex organs
Fish oil (toxin caution) for:
less chance of nerve problems like demyelination
a fluoride mouthrinse (available commercially) may work better at preventing cavities
Too much food in infancy → obesity and diabetes later.
forest bathing while exercising → lower blood pressure
gardening → psychological well being
saturated fat caution
sets the stage for impaired cognition later in life
herbs for colic?
Grudges come naturally to kids – gratitude must be taught.
phthalates in household dust is an example
no access to guns to prevent tragedy
brightly colored laundry pods are a hazard to young children
high IGF-1 → cancer
infant formula iron caution
early lead exposure affects gene expression into adulthood
head lice may yeild to a coconut and anise spray – it might be better than permethrin
some (explained) restrictions are helpful to create a wise consumer
maternal meat consumption during breast feeding → type 1 diabetes in offspring
meat bacteria exposure via shopping carts
A midday nap, even at 10-12, is beneficial.
from non-stick cookware, microwave popcorn bags
pets for social skills and emotional well-being
A plant-based diet minimizes exposure to environmental toxins.
When a plant-based diet is combined with fried food, sweets, refined grains, red meat and processed meat, benefits are diminished.
Poor diet → obesity → liver disease in children as young as 8.
→ adolescent drinking,
interactive play is important
playground equipment is frequently filthy
Prebiotics may help prevent infectious diseases.
processed food (fast food, or anything in a can or package) may contain BPP
protein is important during bone growth
Expect behavior problems at puberty.
A helpful site on preparing out kids for the future.
Police and schools don’t mix.
the Santa myth may not be entirely benign
toddlers as young as 2-1/2 can when others hold false beliefs
School lunches are, um, less than ideal. Brown bag it?
Excessive screen time + snacking → diabetes.
Excessive screen time → impulsive behavior.
sensory-based learning is the most effective
adolescents should be warned about the oral sex – cancer connection
teens should be warned about the sexting-violence connection
help for sextortion
LGBQ youth are especially vulnerable to suicide
children without siblings displayed NO differences in terms of IQ, BUT HIGHER levels of flexibility—one measure of creativity—and LOWER levels of agreeableness
obesity → poor sleep
good childhood sleep habits → healthier teen years
such sleep patterns in adolescents may be delayed sleep phase disorder
circadian clock information is in the longevity post
cell phone use at night caution
encourage social activity
fermented foods may help
less sugar overall, according to the American Heart Association
The baby food industry is culpable.
solid foods too early → asthma
see the asthma post
sugary soda → asthma
but some soy in adolescence may prevent breast cancer later
tobacco smoke → SIDS
It may predispose them to COPD in adult life.
Youthful smoking → substance abuse via epigenetics.
→ serious respiratory infections
→ aggressive behavior
→ bladder problems
Infants and toddlers are especially at risk from second and third-hand smoke.
The American Academy of Pediatrics in on-board with this.
Physical punishment such as spanking is harmful to children’s development and well-being. Parents hit their children because they think doing so will improve their behavior. There is clear and compelling evidence that physical punishment does not improve children’s behavior and instead makes it worse.
Marijuana or alcohol use may make discipline quicker/more likely.
Just 10 days of sugar restriction will improve kid’s metabolic health.
sun exposure is a bigger threat to children than to adults
public swimming pool caution
running a temperature does not mean kids should be kept from school
live theater → literary knowledge, tolerance, and empathy
thumb sucking → less allergies
tick bites may be the cause of chronic urticaria/hives
tonsils are important
Vaccines are a way of training the immune system for a big fight, so that when it comes up against the same opponent in the future, it knows exactly how to defeat it. The anti-vaccine movement is based on suspicion of authority, beginning with medical authority. It’s no small irony the movement is based on fraudulent data, published by the now disgraced Andrew Wakefield, an English gastroenterologist, claiming that all subsequent reports, which show no connection between vaccinations and autism, are cover-ups. The anti-vaccine movement imitates science. In the end they offer nothing but suspicion. That’s paranoia, not science. Vaccines are a risk/benefit tradeoff where the benefit far outweighs the risk. The association between neurological disorders and vaccinations is an urban myth.
Have a look at the dreadful diseases prevented by vaccines.
Vaccines prevent antimicrobial resistance.
Vaccines do not cause autism when administered during pregnancy.
Vaccines contain only a tiny amount of mercury in the form of ethyl mercury that the body flushes out easily. Mercury was removed from most vaccines in 2001. Also, the aluminum adjuvant should also not be cause for concern.
Vaccines were proven by an Australian study of one million children
Vaccines were proven by a meta analysis of 1.26 million children
Shown by a cohort of 657,461 children born in 1999–2010.
Autism Speaks is on board: no vaccine-autism link
WHO is on board: no vaccine-autism link.
Vaccine hesitancy is one of the top ten global health threats.
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies: no vaccine-autism link
Pediatrics journal: no vaccine-autism link
The efficacy of vaccinees was shown by a study on 79 monkeys
Kids who get all of their shots on time are not at risk for autism.
Vaccination rarely causes febrile seizures, which are not serious, and are not epilepsy.
Vaccines prevent deaths and medical impoverishment.
Here are vaccination photos.
cannabis may treat any HPV vaccine side effects
The CDC has excellent vaccine information here.
Russian trolls and bots have spread misinformation about this.
Vaccination is less risky than measles.
Measles can weaken the immune system for the following three years.
Chicken pox vaccination reduces the chance of later shingles.
Anti-vaccine points refuted a thousand times
Kids on the spectrum are actually less likely to be vaccinated.
Count yourself lucky to have vaccine access.
Vaccination is a social contract.
Andrew Wakefield is a fraud.
Twitter bots and russian trolls amplify the vaccine debate
8 of history’s most misguided anti-vaxxers.
The fascinating history of vaccination and anti-vaccination.
How the antivaccination movement took root in America.
Why vaccine manufacturers are granted immunity from prosecution.
vacuum cleaner dust → infant botulism → SIDS
good for children with poor vision
beware of wild claims made for vision therapy
Have healthy snacks around the house to encourage good choices at school.
A good diet is key to kid’s health and happiness.
Food advertisements are not helpful.
blood pressure problems can start early, so limit salt early
old-fashioned glass bottles will minimize exposure to industrial toxins
Eat together for better nutrition. No mush!, Here are tricks to get kids to eat healthier, even at school. Be French about food. Avoid foods marketed toward children, Family meals can boost vocabulary.
a case report of glute-triggered psychosis in the absence of celiac
including oatmeal in the diet encourages healthy eating
introduce peanuts early to avoid peanut allergy
raisins versus junk food
but if the baby reaches for solid food, it is probably safe
a vegan diet vs. asthma, cancer, and learning disabilities, but get adequate B12 and calcium
fruits and veggies → muscles!
children are disproportionately affected by toxins in food