Common symptoms in children - the environmental approach
Very often I do not have a clue about which symptoms are caused by what factors. I just apply the general environmental approach to the problem and it usually sorts itself out.
The general physical approach (I would not presume to advise on psychological aspects) is:
- Take vitamins and minerals: see Nutritional Supplements.
- Eat as healthy and varied a diet as possible: see Stone Age Diet - this is a diet which we all should follow. More often I now prescribe the ketogenic diet - please see Ketogenic diet - the practical details and My book The PK Cookbook - Go Paleo-ketogenic and get the best of both worlds.
- Make sure adequate and quality sleep occurs every night: see Sleep is vital for good health .
- Regular exercise is essential: see Exercise - if you don't use it you lose it
- Do a good chemical clean up: remove smellies, perfumes, air fresheners, see Do A Good Chemical Clean-Up: chemicals make you fat and fatigued!
Exclude serious pathology
If these basic essentials do not bring about results, it is probably wise to consult a doctor to exclude serious pathology, do urine testing for infection (multistix - see Urine MULTISTIX analysis interpretation) and maybe do blood tests for anaemia and thyroid function (insist on a Free T4, Free T3 and TSH).
Colic in babies: dairy allergy - see Colicky babies.
Catarrhal children: dairy allergy.
Constipation: dairy allergy, dehydration, lack of probiotics, lack of exercise. See Constipation
Behaviour problems and poor scholastic performance: - diets high insugar, refinced carbohydrate and fruit juices - see Hyperactivity - on the go all the time, no peace!.
Recurrent viral infections: allergy and nutritional deficiencies. See Viral infections - avoid them and treat them aggressively
Failure to thrive: wheat allergy and/or coeliac disease. Any food allergy or nutritional deficiency.
Headaches, "abdominal migraine", "growing pains", "grumbling appendix": think food allergy.
Fatigue: I would treat fatigue in children exactly the same as in adults. See "Fatigue" section to the left toolbar
Look for nutritional deficiencies
Hair analysis is not a very good test of nutritional status, but it is at least painless! It gives some idea of overall micronutrient status and is reasonably accurate for manganese, copper, selenium and chromium. If zinc is low then that is probably correct, but severe zinc deficiency slows hair growth and gives misleading results. Toxic minerals (eg. lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and aluminium) may or may not show up. Hair analysis does not exclude heavy metal poisoning. If in doubt, do a urine challenge test ie measure levels of heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminium in order of likelihood) before and after a zinc and selenium dose. These minerals displace bivalent and trivalent heavy metals which then show up in urine.
For other problems, see the appropriate section.
- Toxic Elements screen (Biolab) – urine sample
- Toxic Elements screen (Genova) – urine sample
- Urine analysis
- Thyroid profile: free T3, free T4 and TSH
- Hair Mineral Analysis
- Urine MULTISTIX analysis interpretation
- The general approach to maintaining and restoring good health
- Nutritional Supplements
- Colicky babies
- Cow's milk allergy
- Exercise - if you don't use it you lose it
- Do A Good Chemical Clean-Up: chemicals make you fat and fatigued!
- Viral infections
- Hyperactivity - on the go all the time, no peace!
- Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation (EPD)
- Practitioners of Ecological Medicine
- Stone Age Diet - this is a diet which we all should follow
- Sleep is vital for good health
- Ketogenic diet - the practical details
- My book The PK Cookbook - Go Paleo-ketogenic and get the best of both worlds
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