LEAD TOXICITY IN CHILDREN – THERE ARE NO SAFE LEVELS!



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Sean E. Heerey ND, MA, CCC/SLP

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), acceptable Blood Lead Levels (BLLs) for children are <5mcg/dL. However, there is no measurable level of lead in the body below which no harm occurs. Lead is toxic to the brain! It does not matter if a child inhales, swallows, or absorbs lead particles, the health effects are the same. However, higher levels of lead are absorbed when it is inhaled.

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WHY ISN’T MY CHILD SPEAKING YET

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Sean E. Heerey ND, MA, CCC/SLP

Many children meet all of their developmental motor milestones on time. They roll over, sit up and walk with ease and have the skills to explore their environment. They can play with toys, open boxes, kick balls and entertain themselves with a variety of objects.

Some children have all these motor skills and seem to understand basic commands and questions,

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GETTING YOUR CHILD TO TRY NEW FOODS

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Sean E. Heerey ND, MA, CCC/SLP

Many parents have told me that their child only eats yogurt and mozzarella cheese, French fries and chicken fingers. They will only drink milk and only from a bottle. Its either chocolate milk, strawberry Quik flavored milk or nothing. The smell of broccoli makes them gag and vomit. Some children are scared of new foods. Mealtimes are a battle. Mom or dad make 2-3 different meals to accommodate the picky eaters.

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ARE YOU TIRED OF MELTDOWNS ?

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You say the word “no”. You take the iPad away. You tell them to put the candy or toy back on the shelf. The result is catastrophic. A full blown meltdown with yelling, kicking, screaming and head banging. The whole store is looking at you. Nothing works to transition your child. It is alarming because it seems to happen on a regular basis.

 
Maybe it is homework time or any structured activity that requires focus and concentration.

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WHY ISN’T MY CHILD LOOKING AT ME?

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When a child makes meaningful eye contact for the first time it is a very special event. The bond between a parent and child strengthens. Some children give great eye contact in the first few weeks of life while others establish eye contact around three months of age. All babies are different in how they develop.

As children reach the 12 month level they are starting to use eye contact in different ways by looking at people and objects to make requests.

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Fennel: An Effective Treatment For Colic

By Darin Ingels, ND

Parents who give their infant a preparation of fennel seed oil at the onset of irritability and inconsolable crying may be able to reduce the intensity of the colic, according to a study in Alternative Therapies (2003;9:58–61). This is the first study to show fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is an effective treatment for this difficult-to-treat condition.

Infantile colic is a frequent reason for visits to the emergency room or doctor’s office.

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