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  • Humidifiers for Newborn Health

    babyFrom our friends at Crane USA

    When you bring your new baby home for the first time, you take note of every movement, noise and bodily function. One of the most common worries is if your baby is congested…have they already caught a cold? Stuffy, congested noses are often not the result of a cold, but simply the fact that for the first 4-5 months, babies can only breathe out of their noses.

    That can make breastfeeding difficult during those first five months if babies can’t breathe while their mouths are full. Nose-only breathing can make sleeping rough, too. That’s where cool mist humidifiers come in—the addition of moisture and humidity to baby’s room helps to open nasal passages, making it easier for babies to feed and sleep. Pediatricians specifically recommend cool mist humidifiers instead of warm mist humidifiers because the cool air can help to prevent croup, a persistent cough infants and children can get, as well as colds and the flu.

    Another great reason to run a humidifier in baby’s room: Germs travel faster in dry air, so the presence of moisture makes germs heavier, which means they move slower. This actually helps reduce the number of germs in the air, making the air in your home cleaner. And since cool mist humidifiers don’t get hot, you don’t have to worry about curious babies burning their fingers.

    For regular maintenance, Crane recommends dumping out excess water from the base and water tank each day and adding fresh water before running it again. About once a week, rinse out both the tank and the base of the humidifier with white vinegar and water. Simply mix two tablespoons of white vinegar and two cups of water and pour into the tank and the base. Let it sit in the base for 20-30 minutes to clean out any mineral or bacterial buildup. In the tank, add the white vinegar and water solution, put the water tank cap back on and shake, shake, shake! Doing this dance just once a week will help keep your humidifier and the mist it produces clean.

  • Preparing for Pregnancy: Prenatal Essentials

    You may know that folic acid is a pregnancy necessity, but did you know that it's most effective when taken consistently before and during the time of conception? Learn more from Dr. Low Dog about supplements and other recommendations for all women of child-bearing age.

    This video is part of a series of educational videos we’ll be posting from members of our Integrative Health Advisory Board.

  • Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Keep Babies Healthier

    A study conducted by a researcher in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University has found that women who take fish oil supplements during pregnancy may boost their baby's immune system and help protect them against colds during the first few months of their lives.

    Mothers who were given DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil, had infants who got sick less often and for shorter periods of time than babies whose mothers were given no fish oil. Cod fish oil--something Pharmaca practitioners regularly recommend--is also believed to help lower high blood pressure, lower cholesterol and improve brain function in children.

    The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, followed 851 women from the second trimester of pregnancy through the birth of their babies, and until the babies were six months old. Half of the women were given 400 mg of DHA daily starting in the second trimester, and the rest were given placebos. The women were asked whether their babies had experienced various respiratory problems (cough, phlegm, etc.)  in the previous 15 days. They were also asked if their baby caught a cold in that same time period. At one month old, the babies whose mothers took DHA experienced far fewer respiratory problems and were sick for shorter periods of time.

    Find cod fish oil supplements at Pharmaca. (Note: Please consult a doctor or Pharmaca practitioner before taking fish oil during pregnancy.)

  • Prenatal vitamins shown to reduce the risk of autism

    A new study in the journal Epidemiology showed that mothers who took prenatal vitamins in the three months prior to conception had a significantly reduced risk of having children with autism or related autism spectrum disorders. The research, out of UC – Davis, suggests that taking high-quality, folate-rich prenatals before getting pregnant may help reduce risk of these increasingly common disorders by 40 percent.

    The study assessed 532 children with autism or related disorders and compared them with 278 children with normal development. Research found that mothers of children with autism were less likely to report having taken prenatal vitamins during the three months before pregnancy or the first month of pregnancy (than mothers of normally developing children).

    The moral of the story? If you plan on getting pregnant soon, start taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin now. One of Pharmaca’s best-sellers is New Chapter’s Perfect Prenatal, especially high in folate, which is also key in preventing neural tube defects.

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