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To Pack or Not to Pack?

It’s lunchtime at the office and you’re hungry. Your morning has been stressful, and your co-workers are pooling their money for some fried take-out from the local burger joint. You decline their invitation (even though comfort food sounds particularly comforting right now), and instead sit down with the healthy lunch you brought from home, complete with whole grains, lean proteins, raw vegetables, and lots of water. You know you have an afternoon full of meetings, phone calls, and errands, and the fiber and vitamins will carry you through your to-do list valiantly. Congratulations, you made a responsible adult decision, which will benefit your energy levels and probably your long-term health. Do you think you would have made the same decision in the lunch line in grade school?

Kids in school face complicated lunchtime decisions on a daily basis. What a child eats for lunch at school not only influences their energy levels in math class but also sets the stage for adult eating habits. Too many wrong decisions can be a recipe for a nutritional disaster.

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Although school lunch has gotten a bad rap in the past for being too high in fat and too low in nutrient-rich fruits and veggies, school lunch standards have been making steady improvements over the past few years. Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, led by first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, lunch is looking better than ever.

Even before the recent regulations, schools all over the country were  voluntarily implementing healthy changes for years, such as incorporating local and organic produce, growing on-site vegetable gardens, and banning fast food and vending machines.

Speaking of home, that’s where nutrition really starts. Here’s what you can do to help your child choose a healthy lunch when they’re buying:

  1. Feed them breakfast. If their stomach is growling in homeroom, they’ll be more likely to load up at the vending machines. If you don’t have time to feed them a home cooked breakfast, try natural peanut butter on a whole wheat bagel and an apple, or a smoothie, frozen bananas and peanut butter.
  2. Talk to your child about healthy food choices. Help them to realize that it’s ok to like candy and fast food, but that doesn’t mean they should be an everyday treat.
  3. Lead by example. This may be the most effective way to teach anyone anything, but the most difficult. The next time you’re out to eat with your child, explain why you choose to order the garden burger instead of the hamburger with cheese, or the chicken salad instead of the fried chicken. Kids are sponges—use it to your (and their) advantage.
  4. Discuss the cafeteria menu with your child, preferably before you’re rushing out the door in the morning. You can help them learn which options are healthier, and talk about the importance of fruits and vegetables. If they don’t like what’s on the menu, then they’ll have time to pack instead.
  5. If you are unhappy with your child’s school menu options, talk to the school lunch coordinator. Many cafeteria menu makeovers started with just one parent.

Pediatric Health Issues: Fevers

It’s hard to know what to do when  your child has a fever, or to know when the fever has gotten too severe. Afevers-and-kids fever is when the body recognizes that there are foreign invaders that have made it into your system, and it raises the internal temperature of the body (past 98.6 degrees) to try and kill off whatever you have contracted. This temperature increase is regulated by the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that acts like the thermostat. As your child’s temperature starts to rise, they will feel colder initially because the body pulls all the blood from the skin and pushes it back into the body to use to increase the core temperature and they will get the shakes because the body is using the muscles to create yet more head on the inside.

What temperatures are considered to be “fevers”?

So what temperature are considered to be feverish and what levels are considered to be too high for children? For children, a temperature of 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit is considered a “low grade” fever.  A temperature of 102-104 is considered “moderate”. Temperatures of 104-106 are considered “high” and anything over 106 is considered “severe”.

 

What to do when the fever gets too high:

Calcium: this can help bring down a child’s fever naturally

Egg Whites: dip your child’s feet in egg whites to pull the fever towards the feet and relieve pressure on the rest of the body.

Cool/Tepid Bath: tepid or a little less than room temperature so it doesn’t shock the body

AND OF COURSE: Get more adjustments! Adjustments boost the immune system and allow the body to heal itself from the inside out.

Chiropractic and School Aged Children

Chiropractic health care is extremely effective and useful for school aged children. School aged children areschool aged children subject to the normal bumps and tumbles of childhood, but there are other stresses that they’re subjected to that really affect their bodies. Things like heavy backpacks, using computers that are at stations designed for adults, constant use of hand held devices, sports injuries, and lack of sleep.

Chiropractic care is a holistic healing method that looks at the muscular skeletal system of the child, it’s so important for a child because they’re growing, and we can look for areas of restriction that aren’t moving properly, where there may be muscle imbalance, or imbalance or subluxation in the joints, and we can very gently adjust those areas. The kids at my practice love to get adjusted, they like the way it feels while we’re doing it and they like the way it feels afterwards, and in fact we have kids who ask their parents if they can come, they say I need to see Dr. Brent or Dr. Moe.

So we work on them very gently, we usually keep children clothed. We’ll adjust their full spine and check for areas that are restricted, we’ll also look at all the extremity joints, we’re very interested in hips, knees, ankles and feet in growing children, we want to make sure that there are no shoulder, elbow or wrist problems from hand held devices, from back packs, that can really start to cause asymmetries in the spine.

Children now are starting to wear back packs or shoulder bags on one shoulder and we found an increase in scoliosis from that, it pulls the muscles and the spine over, so if you do that for 5 or 6 years it can really increase your risk that there will be asymmetries in your spine. This is such a powerful time to adjust them.

Children are also developing a lot of repetitive stress injuries and a lot of sports injuries, and chiropractic is an extremely effective way of treating these children, so that we can get them back on the field and continue to be active, which is good for their emotional and mental health. I think one of the most powerful things about bringing school aged children to a chiropractor is that it’s an amazing way to teach children to take care of their bodies.

Children who go to chiropractors have an enormous sense of body awareness, they know when their body hurts, where it hurts, they have more awareness of how they injure their bodies and when they need to ask for help. They have more awareness of nutrition and diet, and how what they do, what they eat, how they sleep, how they rest can affect how they feel.

 

May Chiropatients

Mrs. Christine has been a great patient of ours for many years. She loves coming in to get adjusted and use our different therapies in the office. She always compliments us on our great work, but this month we wanted to honor her as an amazing patient that we LOVE to see each week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nina and Luke have been patients of ours for a few months and been consistent with their care and we are excited about the changes we will see in their spine! They love sitting in our massage chairs and coming to get adjusted! We love helping children keep their immune system up and get their subluxations adjusted.

Natural Remedies for Ear Infections in Children

Ear infections are a very important topic. This is commonly the condition that starts children down the antibiotic path of which is hard to switch them back to natural remedies. Dr. Jim Bob Haggerton, D.C.  states in his blog, “Not all ear infections are baby-ear-infection-ear-painactually infected ears, or even infections. Children’s Eustachian tubes (ear canals) are not slanted down like those like adults. Their canals are straight across or horizontal, making it hard for your baby to get much help from gravity to move the fluid from the lymph nodes and the ears into the throat and out of their body.”

So, what do you do if your child is fussy and having issues with one or both of their ears? Are there things you can do besides medication? Absolutely!

Manage Fluid:

  1. Chiropractic Adjustments – If the bones in the top of your baby’s neck become restricted, the muscles around that area cannot contract and work correctly. If the muscles don’t contract correctly, then the body has a hard time flushing out the fluid in the ear canals. Gentle adjustments to this area help to reduce spasms and reestablish normal motion to a restricted area.
  2. Essential Oil Therapy – In our office we use Young Living Essential Oils and have used them for years. The oils are amazing because they work fantastically with children because they soak directly into the skin (topical) or are absorbed and used through inhalation (if diffused). Never put the oils directly in your child’s ear. Some oils to use are Lemon, Melrose, Lavender, and Copaiba.

Immune Boosters:

  1. Probiotics – the stomach and digestive tract play a huge role in immune function. Probiotics are a good bacteria that help regulate, support, and protect your system.
  2. Thymex – This product is made by Standard Process that helps to boost immunity by stimulating the thymus glad.
  3. Thieves Oil – This oil, manufactured by Young Living, is key to boosting immunity and helping fight infection. Use this on the bottoms of your child’s feet and diffuse it in their room while their asleep to further boost their system!

 

Gratitude Tree

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For the whole month of November, our office will have a Gratitude Tree for you to practice what you are thankful for. When you stop in for your adjustment, make sure to place a leaf on the tree and reflect on the many blessings we have! Read what others have to say as well! 

This is a great thing to practice even on a daily basis – have you read our article about A Dose of Gratitude and how to incorporate that into your daily life?

Why Should Children Have Chiropractic Care?

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If you are a parent, you want to maximize the health of your child. To achieve that goal, as much as possible, you try to feed your child a healthy diet of nourishing foods, maintain a bedtime routine to allow adequate sleep, and ensure that your child gets plenty of exercise. These are all ways to help a child grow up healthy and strong. In addition to these measures, regular chiropractic adjustments are a natural compliment to your parenting routines. In fact, most parents state that their children experience a better level of health while receiving routine chiropractic care.[1]

Your child will benefit from regular chiropractic care at any age starting from infancy. Beginning with birth, the milestones of a baby’s early life, including gaining mobility, learning to sit, and taking first steps (and falls), can all cause stress on a child’s spine and nervous system, which can manifest in many ways, including colic and sleep disruptions. Chiropractic adjustment can alleviate the stress on the spine and improve on these issues. In addition, a Doctor of Chiropractic can also help care for more acute childhood issues, such as ear infections, allergies, and asthma. While your chiropractor does not diagnose or treat specific conditions, she can help locate and correct misalignments of the spine that affect the body’s ability to function optimally, helping to improve many of these conditions naturally.

As your child ages, she or he is likely to become more active, whether hanging from the monkey bars with friends, biking through the neighborhood, or running around the soccer field. While these activities are fun and healthy, the routine bumps and jostles that your child receives while playing may cause misalignments in the spine. Often, a child may show no signs of pain or discomfort, but the stress on the spine may affect her body’s ability to function now or in the future. By visiting a chiropractor regularly, your child can receive adjustments that will relieve tension in the spine and allow her body to continue to grow and develop properly.

You or your child may be nervous about her first visit to the chiropractor, but there is nothing to worry about. In fact, most parents state that their children enjoy and look forward to their adjustments.[2] During your child’s first visit, your chiropractor will take a case history and then perform a chiropractic exam to determine where stress may be affecting the spine. If the doctor determines that an adjustment is needed, the procedures will be tailored to your child’s size, weight, and spinal condition. Whether you are the parent to a newborn or teenagers, regular chiropractic care can help maximize your child’s potential.

[1] Ohm, J. (2005). Why should children have chiropractic care? ICPA. Retrieved from http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/why-should-children-have-chiropractic-care/All-Pages.html