What to do to ensure a healthy child

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Preconception care

Both parents should put in place the The general approach to maintaining and restoring good health at least six months before considering a pregnancy to ensure the best quality eggs and sperm come together in as perfect an environment as possible. In addition screening tests to exclude sexually transmitted diseases should be considered.

Do any detox regimes before conceiving - if done during pregnancy one simply offloads the chemicals onto the baby. See Detoxification - an overview

Basic blood tests for rubella status and thyroid function before conception! Checking for rubella at 12 weeks pregnancy is a joke! The requirement for thyroid hormones increases during pregnancy so if you are taking thyroid hormones, blood levels should be checked in the first few weeks of pregnancy. See Thyroid profile: free T3, free T4 and TSH and Thyroid - the correct prescribing of thyroid hormones

During pregnancy

Continue all the above except detox regimes

Allergies are reduced by 50% in babies whose mothers take probiotics in the final week of pregnancy and during breast feeding. See Probiotics.

Breast feed

See La Leche League GB - a website offering mother-to-mother support with breastfeeding from pregnancy through to weaning

Weaning

Children should be weaned onto a Ketogenic diet - the practical details. Please see also My book The PK Cookbook - Go Paleo-ketogenic and get the best of both worlds. Until recently the advice was to avoid peanut. However in Israel there is very little peanut allergy perhaps because babies are often given a rusk which contains peanut. It now seems that the baby's immune system gets programmed by that which it is exposed to during these early months of life - the idea being that what mother gives the baby (ie a PK Diet through breast milk and then weaning) represents safe foods.Also see Weaning babies to prevent allergies.

Cot death

Is the commonest cause of death in children and probably avoidable. See Cot death - what every parent needs to know

Primary and lasting benefits of Vitamin C taken during pregnancy

Please see "Observations On the Dose and Administration of Ascorbic Acid When Employed Beyond the Range Of A Vitamin In Human Pathology" which references the work of Dr Frederick R. Klenner, M.D., F.C.C.P. With respect to pregnancy, this paper (Journal of Applied Nutrition Vol. 23, No's 3 & 4, Winter 1971) states that:

"Observations made on over 300 consecutive obstetrical cases using supplemental ascorbic acid, by mouth, convinced me that failure to use this agent in sufficient amounts in pregnancy borders on malpractice. The lowest amount of ascorbic acid used was 4 grams and the highest amount 15 grams each day. (Remember the rat-no stress manufactures equivalent "C" up to 4 grams and with stress up to 15.2 grams). Requirements were roughly 4 grams first trimester, 6 grams second trimester and 10 grams third trimester. Approximately 20 percent required 15 grams, each day, during last trimester. Eighty percent of this series received a booster injection of 10 grams, intravenously, on admission to the hospital. Hemoglobin levels were much easier to maintain. Leg cramps were less than three percent and always was associated with "getting out" of Vitamin C tablets. Striae gravidarum was seldom encountered and when it was present there existed an associated problem of too much eating and too little walking. The capacity of the skin to resist the pressure of an expanding uterus will also vary in different individuals. Labor was shorter and less painful. There were no postpartum hemorrhages. The perineum was found to be remarkably elastic and episiotomy was performed electively. Healing was always by first intention and even after 15 and 20 years following the last child the firmness of the perineum is found to be similar to that of a primigravida in those who have continued their daily supplemental vitamin C. No patient required catheterization. No toxic manifestations were demonstrated in this series. There was no cardiac stress even though 22 patients of the series had rheumatic hearts. One patient in particular was carried through two pregnancies without complications. She had been warned by her previous obstetrician that a second pregnancy would terminate with a maternal death. She received no ascorbic acid with her first pregnancy. This lady has been back teaching school for the past 10 years. She still takes 10 grams of ascorbic acid daily. Infants born under massive ascorbic acid therapy were all robust. Not a single case required resuscitation. We experienced no feeding problems. The Fultz quadruplets were in this series. They took milk nourishment on the second day. These babies were started on 50 mg ascorbic acid the first day and, of course, this was increased as time went on. Our only nursery equipment was one hospital bed, an old, used single unit hot plate and an equally old 10 quart kettle. Humidity and ascorbic acid tells this story. They are the only quadruplets that have survived in southeastern United States. Another case of which I am justly proud is one in which we delivered 10 children to one couple. All are healthy and good looking. There were no miscarriages. All are living and well. They are frequently referred to as the vitamin C kids, in fact all of the babies from this series were called "Vitamin C Babies" by the nursing personnel--they were distinctly different."

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