All moms want a healthy start for their child. That's why we've made it easy to nurture yourself and your baby with valuable information from Pharmaca's in-store staff of health care professionals. Shayne Case, a clinical herbalist at our Portland store, and Tyler Bruno, an acupuncturist at the Pacific Palisades location, lend their expertise on the best choices for the early years.
Bruno recommends Rainbow Light's Complete Prenatal vitamins for soon-to-be mothers. This supplement includes additional herbs to help support pregnancy on top of the essential nutrients. Case suggests vitamin B6 for mothers experiencing nausea or morning sickness. If the idea of swallowing a vitamin is challenging, try WishGarden's Calm-A-Tum or the homeopathic remedy Ipecacuanha.
Once your new addition arrives, it can be frustrating when you don't know what health troubles are affecting your child. "The number one thing we see is colic, especially in first 3 months," says Case. She recommends Cocyntal Colic Relief by Boiron, a homeopathic remedy in a liquid single dose for gas pains and irritability due to sensitive digestive systems.
For mothers with newborns, a great formula to help with milk production is Lactation Blend Nursing Support by Vitanica. When babies are ready for bottles, Case prefers Born Free's selection made from bisphenol A-free plastic or safe glass to avoid the hormone disrupting chemical found in many popular bottles. Load up your diaper bag with Weleda baby products, which offer healthy diaper care solutions as well as tummy oils, lotions, and shampoos.
Children 2 years and older can get brain and nervous system support from fish oil supplements rich in DHA. This essential nutrient is not naturally produced by the body and most children do not eat fatty fish, which is the main dietary source. Bruno encourages toddlers to enjoy Nordic Berries by Nordic Naturals for their daily dose. "Kids love them, and they are great for healthy brain development," she says.
A good multi-vitamin and probiotic can also be beneficial for growing and developing children. Case likes Jarro-Dophilus probiotic system for its immune support, which is great for kids starting preschool and beyond. This product is easy because it comes in single-use blister packs that don't need to be refrigerated. Pharmaca also carries Yum-Yum Dophilus chewable tablets which are both kid friendly and delicious.
There's no reason to feel overwhelmed with your own or your child's health care needs. Pharmaca's practitioners offer a wealth of knowledge which is accessible every day, free of charge. Feel better about the choices you make for your family, and be free to focus your energy on enjoying life's little pleasures.