September 2016 Vol. 8 Issue 91

Abstracts & Commentary

Iron Supplementation in Pregnancy and Infancy

by Lilian Au, ND  When in a child’s life is iron supplementation most critical? Hint: Iron deficiency during periods of rapid brain growth can impair development.

Parental Sleep and Reported Sleep Quality of Children

by Erin Psota, ND  When a parent reports sleep problems in their child, healthcare providers often focus on the child’s issues, but sleep problems in children may be more of a family affair.

Useable Green Spaces Can Affect Children’s Health-Related Quality of Life and BMI

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH  Most parents intuitively recognize that spending time outside is good for their children, but objective evidence of the value of green space for health may push both parents and practitioners to be more proactive in getting children outdoors.

IBS and Probiotic Treatment in Pediatric Patients

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  Study finds Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG significantly reduces pain severity after one week and significantly improves functional ability after two weeks in children 4 to 18 years old.

Does Homeopathy Prevent Flu?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  A recent study found homeopathy protects against flu and respiratory tract infections in kids. But are the results too good to be true?

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Asthma’s Perfect Storm

by Matthew Baral, ND  Asthma affects approximately 24 million Americans, and 6.3 million of those are under 18 years of age. The reliance on asthma medication as the only treatment for this widespread condition has had virtually no effect on asthma rates, which have continually increased since the 1980s. It is therefore imperative that the medical community at large start to commit to prevention as an equally important measure when considering asthma as a condition. A holistic perspective should take into account all the factors affecting asthma prevalence and expose the connections between them.


Efficacy of Probiotics for Infant Colic: A Discussion with Probiotic Expert Ashton Harper, MBBS, MRCS

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview, Ashton Harper, MBBS, MRCS, describes the research associated with probiotics to help prevent and treat a variety of conditions in children. He also describes a new study using probiotics to treat infant colic and explains why it's so important to treat colic as soon as it's diagnosed.