By Tim Howden ND BHSc MNHAA
Current implications for childhood illness suggests that diet and lifestyle factors play a significant role in the rise in certain conditions. This is compounded by reduced exposure to helpful germs, reduced vitamin D levels and diets high in refined processed foods that are high in sugar and poor quality fats.
Here are some fascinating recent stats.
- Allergies have increased by 7 times, up to 50% of kids have allergies
- Asthma affects 36% of children in Australia. In 1965 it affected 1.9%
- 11% of school age children are diagnosed with ADHD
- Autism affects 1/100 children. In 1985 it was 4/10,000
- Avoid unnecessary antibiotic overuse. There are alternatives that are safe and effective
- Introduce solids to babies at around 6 months.
- Support immune function using a child/baby specific probiotic. (don't by supermarket quality, these may be doing harm)
- Provide a diet that is low reactive and full of fresh, seasonal organic produce with a healthy and varied array of proteins, fruits and veg, grains and essential fatty acids
- Allow your child to spend time outside getting sun exposure in the safe times of day