We get to say ‘OMG Parenting!’ with many different inflections. I know because I am a parent. Also, I have been looking into the faces of babies, parents, and grandparents for over 20 years in my work as a clinical and public health nurse. I have felt the joys, hopes, disappointments, traumas, grief, fears, concerns, laughter and love of parents and children. I have heard their thoughts and feeling. I have seen their actions and the effects of those actions. I have interacted with the myriad of professionals who weave in and out of family life. Because of this and being a parent, I have a great appreciation for the range of experience that exists within and between each parent and child.
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Parenting Q & A
If you have any questions, email me at ns@OMGparenting.com
Why are allergies on the rise and can I do anything to reduce my child’s risk?
According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology:
- Too frequent antibiotics at an early age – they negatively effect our natural bacteria environment.
- Less active lifestyle – kids have less exposure at an early age to various scents and natural habitats.
We’re too clean! It’s called the “hygiene hypothesis” for allergy increases.
The British Society for Immunology supports research showing that reduced sunlight exposure, so less Vitamin D, causes poor immune system growth.
Remedies for our children?
- Get your children outside for a variety of activities, unless in extreme covid lockdown
- If you have to use antibiotics early on, support their gut biome.
- Talk to your pediatrician about gradually adding allergens to the babies diet (peanut butter, eggs, strawberries. . .).
- Give your baby Vitamin D supplements if you are breastfeeding or not getting out a lot. Talk to your pediatrician about these best practices.