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Vaccination

Before getting a vaccination for your child, speak to your doctor if your child is ill, has a cough, runny nose or any other imbalance that you notice.
-A holistic treatment is recommended before and after the vaccination and as close to the day of vaccination as possible.
-To support a child who has reacted to a vaccine it is important to provide a high quality diet which includes rich sources of vitamin A, B and C and folate.
-The GAPS diet can often help. (See Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD for more information.)

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Pediatrics

Child Suncreen

Should you put sunscreen on children?
Not usually! 

You’re at the beach, slathered in sunscreen. Your 5-month-old baby is there, too. Should you put sunscreen on her? Not usually, according to Hari Cheryl Sachs, M.D., a pediatrician at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“The best approach is to keep infants under 6 months out of the sun,” Sachs says. What makes babies so vulnerable?

For one thing, babies’ skin is much thinner than that of adults, and it absorbs the active, chemical ingredients in sunscreen more easily, explains Sachs. For another, infants have a high surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults. Both these factors mean that an infant’s exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens is much greater, increasing the risk of allergic reaction or inflammation.

The best protection is to keep your baby in the shade, if possible, Sachs says. If there’s no natural shade, create your own with an umbrella or the canopy of the stroller.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests dressing infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn. Tight weaves are better than loose. Keep in mind that while baseball caps are cute, they don’t shade the neck and ears, sensitive areas for a baby.

Summer’s heat presents other challenges for babies.

Younger infants also don’t sweat like we do, Sachs says. Sweat naturally cools the rest of us down when we’re hot, but babies haven’t yet fully developed that built-in heating-and-cooling system. So you want to make sure your baby doesn’t get overheated.

In the heat, babies are also at greater risk of becoming dehydrated. To make sure they’re adequately hydrated, offer them their usual feeding of breast milk or formula, says Sachs. The water content in both will help keep them well hydrated. A small of amount water in between these feedings is also okay.

Sun Safety Tips for Infants

Here are some things to keep in mind this summer when outside with infants:
– Keep your baby in the shade as much as possible. If you do use a small amount of sunscreen on your baby, don’t assume the child is well protected.
– Make sure your child wears clothing that covers and protects sensitive skin. Use common sense; if you hold the fabric against your hand and it’s so sheer that you can see through it, it probably doesn’t offer enough protection.
– Make sure your baby wears a hat that provides sufficient shade at all times.
– Watch your baby carefully to make sure he or she doesn’t show warning signs of sunburn or dehydration. These include fussiness, redness and excessive crying.
– Hydrate! Give your baby formula, breast milk, or a small amount of water between feedings if you’re out in the sun for more than a few minutes. Don’t forget to use a cooler to store the liquids.
– Take note of how much your baby is urinating. If it’s less than usual, it may be a sign of dehydration, and that more fluids are needed until the flow is back to normal.
– Avoid sunscreens, especially those containing the insect repellant DEET on infants and children, particularly on their hands. Young children may lick their hands or put them in their mouths.
– If you do notice your baby is becoming sunburned, get out of the sun right away and apply aloe vera to the affected areas.
– Use sunscreens which only contain zinc oxide on older children.

Remember that we do all need the healing rays of the sun, but avoid sun burns!

A version of this article appears on FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products. June 20, 2012

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Ten Benefits Of Holistic Pediatric Care

Ten Benefits Of Holistic Pediatric Care

  1. Feeding your child an organic, whole-foods based natural diet reduces exposure to artificial coloring agents, pesticides and preservatives. A high-quality diet will help to prevent health problems like allergies, digestive problems and immune problems.
  2. Treatments based on the ancient wisdom of Traditional Asian Medicine are gentle and children look forward to the treatments.
  3. Reducing stress in your child’s life will help her to stay healthy. Getting enough rest and exercise? Spending too much time in front of electronic screens? Exercise and outside play can help to lower stress levels, as well as keep your child in shape.
  4. Learn how you can help your child through therapeutic massages and other natural techniques.
  5. If your child should suffer an injury or illness, Shonishin, Pediatric Tuina, Moxa, cupping and natural remedies help her to heal faster.
  6. Natural remedies are easily absorbed, to effectively aid in the healing process.
  7. Natural treatments and products are earth-friendly. They also reduce your family’s exposure to toxins.
  8. Preventative care: With holistic pediatric care, treat the source of imbalances and not just the symptoms!
  9. Save your budget by taking an active part in supporting your child’s health.
  10. Regular Holistic Pediatric care will support your child to live a long happy, healthy life.

Once you’ve started to use holistic pediatric care, you’ll see an amazing improvement in your child’s health, as well as prevent potential future problems.

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Lunar Treatments

Child and moon

A holistic way to heal and help your child.

Each full moon, children enjoy affordable, gentle healing treatments.

This ancient practice originates in Japan, where children traditionally receive reduced rate, monthly treatments near the full moon. When the moon is full, it exerts an influence not only on the ocean tides but also on the ocean within our bodies.

Regular, monthly Lunar Treatments help your child in many ways:
*Balance your child’s developing meridian, organ and endocrine systems
*Strengthen their whole constitution
*Enhance the immune system – so your child gets well and stays well
*Nourish their mind & spirit – for depression, anxiety and hyperactivity
*Fortify digestion, rebuild the digestive fire & regulate bowel movement
*Enable deep peaceful sleep

Lunar treatments are painless, gentle and can include Shonishin, Tuina massage, moxa, cupping, essential oils, nutrition, herbal medicine and other recommendations. Children look forward to this nurturing care and parents learn home care methods to support their child’s health!

Lunar Treatments emphasize preventive care.

There is an ancient saying: Treat Winter diseases in the summer.  Preventive treatments in earlier seasons help us avoid and heal illness in later seasons. Problems that arise due to weather, diet, emotions, or lifestyle can be avoided and alleviated with monthly holistic care. Decrease the intensity and frequency of colds or coughs in the Fall or allergies in the Spring with regular preventive monthly treatments!

A Check-Up for Success 

Bringing your child in to see Dr. Sally when they’re sick, for allergic reactions, ear infections or labored breathing is only one type of visit.  Preventive visits are a chance to raise questions and concerns about your child’s development, behavior, diet, sleeping, toilet training, social behaviors, attention and learning problems as well as general well-being — questions that are difficult to discuss during sick visits. Having regular Lunar visits is key to preventive care and helps Dr. Sally know and understand your child.

Making the Most of Doctor Time

Creating a list is a good way to ensure you get all the information you need. Jot down 3 to 5 questions and bring them to the visit to help you focus on issues of concern. Parents shouldn’t hesitate to share information that further opens the doors of communication. As your child’s most important advocate, you have valuable information that will help Dr. Sally better understand your child and your family. Feel free to ask about any and everything related to the care of your child — medical or not. 

A Healthy Happy Future

Continuity of care helps build trust and better communication at each Lunar Visit. Over the years, this regularity enables your child to establish a caring, holistic, healing relationship with Dr. Sally.  Children learn that the rhythm of caring for themselves is an ongoing process leading to a healthier, happier life, the ultimate goal!

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Pediatrics

Teething

Crystal was an easy going baby, until she hit the 6 month mark and her gums began bothering her. Her teeth hadn’t yet erupted through but they were causing her (and Mom & Dad!) a lot of discomfort. She had become fussy and irritable. Mom tried to comfort her by nursing her more frequently but there was no relief.

On their first visit, Catrina, her mom, mentioned that Crystal seemed more uncomfortable after eating and that her breath had turned a bit sour recently. I noted the pediatric vein on her index finger, her red gums and her discomfort when I lightly palpated her tummy. All these signs indicated food stagnation and heat.

After a gentle treatment of pediatric tuina massage and Shonishin, I recommended an herbal formula, a combination of Bao He Wan and Suan Zao Ren Tang. To accompany this, I suggested a soothing gum oil of chamomile and cloves steeped in olive oil. Crystal’s diet also needed attention. They changed to simple, bland foods such as rice porrige, steamed veggies and soups and avoided too many sweet, starchy or dairy foods like bread, cookies and cheese.

When they came in the next week for their follow-up visit, both Catrina and Crystal were smiling. Her irritability was gone and everyone was sleeping well and enjoying life again!

Crystal continues to come in once a month for pediatric Lunar Treatments and remains healthy and happy. She maintains a wholesome, nourishing diet of whole grains, soups and steamed vegetables and avoids too much dairy or sweets.

So why do babies and kids suffer so much, when they are teething?
And why do some kids seem to get sick when they are teething?

In our modern way of life, we often grab convenient, quick foods which can cause stagnation in our little one’s digestion. This can affect them, all the way up to their mouth and gums. Teething is a healthy process but when combined with food stagnation and heat, this normal transformation becomes one of agony and sometimes even affects the immune system.

So the next time your child is teething, reach for those bland and nourishing foods.

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Pediatrics

Sleep Issues

Over the years, I’ve been asked many times, “Why is my child not sleeping?” This means that Mom and Dad aren’t sleeping well either!

Sometimes it’s digestive sensitivities that keep children up or life’s stresses, but other times it can be their constitution. Perhaps they are hot at night with sweating that interferes with deep sleep.

A few ways that we can help them to sleep:
*A gentle foot massage with sesame oil before bed can soothe their whole body and spirit.
*Having a bedtime routine, at the same time every night helps their nervous systems to wind down for sleep.
*In-depth look at their diet can sometimes reveal a deficiency in some minerals such as magnesium.
*Testing and treating for food and chemical sensitivities.
*Individualized herbal formulas designed for their constitution.
*Therapeutic Tuina Massage and Shonishin treatments

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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
A story of how Traditional Asian medicine can help

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, AKA Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is one of the more common chronic illnesses of childhood and an important cause of disability.

Usually, I don’t see children with JIA until after they have been on medications for awhile and their parents are at their wits end. Here is the story of one of my patients:

When I first met Loren, she was 3 years old and had been on medications since she was diagnosed at only 9 months of age. Her mother was desperate to find a holistic solution, get her off medications and relieve her suffering. She was a bright eyed little girl with knees and ankles swollen & red with a pain level of 5 on the FACES pain scale. Her sleep was intermittant and she was sweating at night. Her tongue was very red-tipped, thin and sharp. Her pulse was weak and floating in the Heart position and slightly rapid. All these signs point to Heart Yin deficiency heat. On testing for allergies, she was allergic to oranges and kiwis.

A course of treatment was planned, including the herbal formulas: Liu Wei Di Huang Wan and Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan. After the first treatment of NAET, pediatric Tuina massage and Shonishin, she was sleeping better and her pain level decreased to 4. With each treatment, she became progressively better. Within the first month, her mother took her off the drugs, with her MD’s oversight. After 3 months, she became much more physically active. 6 months after the first treatment, she was almost pain free with only slight swelling in the right knee and enrolled in a children’s ballet class. She can now eat oranges and kiwis without any ill effects.

She continues to come in for treatments every month, near the full moon, for Lunar treatments. She remains pain-free with no swelling or discomfort.

A complete recovery from JIA takes time, many treatments, changes to the diet and dedication to taking the formulas and supplements, but it is well worth the reward of pain free living!

 

For an individualized healing program for your child and info on Lunar treatments, contact Dr. Sally Sherriff, DAOM at 831-295-6327. 320 River Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060

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