by Jack Bourla, DC
Research led by Jessie Garciaguirre and Karen Adolph published in Introduction to Infant Development, Oxford Press, 2007, showed that fourteen month old toddlers fall an average of fifteen times per hour while playing....
Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wisniewski: Did you know your toddler falls 15 times per hour on average? Multiply this per day, week, month, and even year and you will see that these repetitive micro injuries will add up quickly! In this article, Dr. Jack Bourla, discusses current research about childhood falls and how regular chiropractic check-ups can benefit your child so that they can grow into a healthy adult.
Editor's Note: Self care is such an important lesson parents can began teaching their infants soon after birth. Massage is a great technique to start with. Infant massage helps relieve colic, constipation, digestive problems, and insomnia. These massage techniques are gentle and easy to learn.
Massage & Bodywork
by Patricia Hatherly
Humans are the only species who drink the milk of another in order to survive. In making that choice we swap mortality for morbidity and the psychological and physical sequelae are well documented. The reasons why we do this are complex and it's a constant struggle for the modern woman to achieve a balance between what she gives to herself and what she gives to her infant...
Editor's Note: Patricia Hatherly is a trained homeopath and educator, well known around the world for her work in the 'milk' remedies in homeopathic medicine. Here she gives a 'homeopathic recipe' to enable mothers to continue giving mother's milk after weaning.
Editor's Note: A beautiful video demonstrating the Montessori tools for babies. Perfect ideas if you have a young one in your family or on your gift list for the holiday season.
Family & Parenting
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: It's never too early to begin nourishing your child. Ayurveda recommends abhyanga oil massage to protect against Vata early on, even for babies! This detailed video reviews how to massage an infant with specific attention to the stroke types, start times and environment (warm and comfortable). Abhyanga allows the nourishing oil to lubricate the skin, muscles and joints, calms the nervous system and encourages restful sleep. *Note that they are using organic coconut oil, which is fine during summertime, but luke warm sesame oil is best thoroughout the rest of the year when it is cold, to encourage ciruclation. Enjoy this wonderful practice with your baby and the beautiful bond it creates. Namaste.
by Marilyn Muir
The most immediate "other" to a newborn infant is mom. After all that infant just spent several months in the warm, safe, nearly silent cocoon called its mother's womb. Her smells, her sounds, rhythms, and her heartbeat are familiar and safe because the infant existed within her. It is therefore logical to reach out to the most familiar being in that infant's world, the mother as intimate, subjective, personal security...
by Dr. Elisa Song
Dr. Elisa Song puts together a detailed list of how to take proper care of your child's immune system this winter...
Editor's Note: What to look at to boost a child’s immune system. Note sick infants must be seen by a practitioner immediately... this article is for older generally healthy children. Remember to look at drug/drug interactions if your child is currently taking medication and always discuss with a practitioner prior to starting any meds or supplements.
Editor's Note: Alison Gopnik, author of The Scientist in the Crib shares the stunning new research about what babies are actually doing when they seem to be doing nothing at all. We used to think that infants were a blank slate, but now we know that they are some of the most intelligent creatures on Earth.
Family & Parenting
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