With Children’s Health, a mother can come with her infant or on her own but it’s always best to bring the infant along, as physically seeing signs and symptoms can further help with finding the underlying cause of problems. An infant’s needs for most nutrients in proportion to body weight are more than double those of an adult!
The first year of life is a time of phenomenal growth and development. A healthy infant’s birth weight doubles by about 5 months of age and triples by one year, typically reaching 20 – 25 lbs (9-11 Kg) and grows in length by about 10 inches from birth to one year.
An infant typically gains less than 10 lbs during the second year and grows about 5 inches in height. An infant’s growth is directly related to his/her nutrient intake. Breastfeeding has endless benefits to the health and future development of an individual. Even the most advanced formulas cannot imitate the composition and protective factors of breastmilk.
It has been discovered through research that breast feeding contributes to a lower incidence of allergies and overweight later in life as well as having a positive contribution to intelligence. Important aspects of an infant’s health include the mothers bacterial balance, the mother’s use of probiotics, type of birth (vaginal or surgical), gestational age (full term or premature), primary source of nutrition (Breast or bottle), perinatal antibiotics, stress. It is very important to make the right choice if you are deciding to feed your child with an alternative to breast milk. Weaning is a critical time for the health of the infant and has a bearing on the future health of the individual especially with regard to food allergies. It is important to introduce a wide variety of foods that fulfil the child’s growth needs at this time and to omit foods that are not suitable. Specific levels of different nutrients are necessary for the different developmental stages of the child.
Everything can be explained in child friendly terms to a child who can manage a basic conversation. The aim is to help the child understand, in as far as possible, what is throwing the body out of balance. This knowledge encourages the child to comply with the new dietary protocol that will help to make the uncomfortable symptoms go away.
Infant’s and children’s kidneys and liver detoxification is not as developed as an adult. This has to be born in mind when they take any supplements. Children will often pick up a range of common illnesses, especially when they start interacting with other children at nurseries or schools. These may include common colds or other respiratory tract infections, scabies or school sores (impetigo), chicken pox, tonsillitis, gastrointestinal infections.
All of these disease processes are self-limiting, so treatment is rest, symptomatic relief and good nutrition. There are several ways of improving a child’s immune system. Other childhood illnesses that can be improved with appropriate nutrition include glue ear, colic, attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autistic spectrum, iron deficiency anaemia
Children become adolescence! Adolescents make more choices for themselves than they did as children – they are not fed, they eat! They are often under influence to drink alcohol and they often diet. At the same time their growth speeds up abruptly and dramatically. Attention to nutrition is critical at this time to endure appropriate energy and nutrient intake.