Saturday, June 26, 2010

Free Vitamins For Your Kids

Dear Mommies,
School season is fast approaching.  Scheeling knows that as a parent, we will do whatever it takes to protect our beloved ones and assist him in school days fever. That is why I am happy to tell you that they are here to respond to us and our children’s needs.
As our partner in maintaining good health to our kids, Scheeling is giving CeeZincvitamin syrup for your kids to help keep up with their active lifestyle.  
CeeZinc vitamin syrup is an orange-flavored combination of Vitamin C and Zinc syrup.  Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that helps boost the immune system to fight against infections such as common colds.  Zinc is an essential mineral that helps boost mental performance making kids think and learn faster.

Spread this good news to your 10 loved ones or friends (excluding you) and you will get three  (3) bottles of CeeZinc vitamin syrup.  However if you extend this to your 20 dearest friends you will receive 3 bottles of CeeZinc plus a school backpack for your kids. 


Please make sure everytime you spread this great opportunity you send a copy to: ceezincpromo@yahoo.com

All the best,
Mommy Earth

Saturday, June 19, 2010

All About Autism

As you all know I have a daughter with autism.  After accepting her condition (knowing about her condition was different from accepting it) I have attended several seminars and been doing a lot of readings about this condition.  I have a personal blog that talks about Surviving Autism and you might want to read it so just you know more how we are coping. Meanwhile I am here to share some useful information about the condition.

What it autism?
Autism is a spectrum disorder of the brain that affects a child's behavior, communication and social skills.  It includes three of five disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDDs), these are Autistic Disorder (ASD), Asperger's Syndrome and PDD-not otherwide specified (PDD-NOS).  Latest of the data I've gathered worldwide there is now 1 out of 66 children born with autism and is more common on boys than girls.  So my daughter's condition is one of the rare types.

How will you know if your child has autism?
If you notice your child has difficulty communicating, socializing and there are presence of repetitive and ritualistic behaviors its safe to assume that there is something different with the child.  You should immediately see a doctor for diagnosis as no two children are the same when it comes with ASD.  Individuals have varying symptoms with varying severity.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Beware Of Infant Obesity

If most Filipinos were asked to describe what a healthy five-month old baby looks like, chances are they would depict an infant that was chubby, rosy-cheeked, glowing, and slightly bigger or taller than other infants. Simply put, it’s a pleasantly plump baby that looks like a character in a Fernando Botero painting.

Although slightly plump babies may look cuter or more robust than “slimmer” infants, the truth is they are over-nourished or overfed than they should be. They are also more prone to diseases and ailments later in life.

In a talk given by London-based pediatric nutritionist and pediatrician Dr. Atul Singhal at the Panay Ballroom of the Hotel Sofitel in Manila, he explained that the amount and quality of sustenance given to babies from zero to six months “programs” their overall health. “How you feed baby prior to weaning has a permanent and long-term effect on health. In the past, bigger was considered better. Our problem is, we are forcing babies to grow faster than the norm,” said Singhal.

By feeding babies too much or too often, infants tend to gain weight faster and grow faster than what is considered normal by the World Health Organization. Babies need a slower or more natural pattern of growth to ensure optimal brain development.

Aside from these, overfeeding also leads to infant obesity. In the National Nutrition Survey cited by Dr. Fil Gatcheco, president of the Philippine Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, he noted that obesity cases in children from zero to five years old jumped from 0.6% to 2%. Although this growth was smaller than Western and Asian counterparts, it was still alarming.

To ensure that babies have a normal growth pattern, Dr. Singhal said that infants had to be fed the right kind and amount of protein particularly, alpha protein or alpha-lactalbumin. Alpha-protein is an important nutritional protein that decreases gastro-intestinal problems like vomiting, spitting up, regurgitation, or food intolerance. It helps improve the absorption of essential minerals like zinc and offers less stress to the kidneys.

He further stated that randomized trials conducted overseas on 128 infants showed that babies who were given alpha-lactalbumin had lesser gastro-intestinal problems.

Aside from decreasing the incidence of gastro-intestinal problems in babies, alpha protein also enhances the disposition of babies. Since it contains helpful amino acids with tryptophan, babies have better sleep patterns, appetites and in effect, have better moods. Children who are fed alpha protein are healthier and stand to have more enduring health benefits.

What and how often you feed your baby will dictate how healthy and strong he or she will be decades from now. If parents (and grand parents) learn to accept the fact that roly-poly doesn’t necessarily mean healthy, then this generation of babies may stand a better chance against cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetesand insulin resistance in the future.

To find out more about alpha protein and what it can do for your baby, ask your trusted pediatrician.