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Feeding the Littles: Sweet Potato Hemp Balls

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition,Recipes at 1:04 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
sweetpotatoballsThese delicious sweet potato balls are packed with nutrition and easy for tiny hands to hold to practice hand/eye coordination. The nutty flavored hemp seeds give baby Omega 3 & 6 plus protein. Flax meal has lignans which, contain both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. And finally the one tablespoon of wheat germ provides your babe with one gram of dietary fiber, five percent of recommended daily value of folic acid and four percent of recommended daily value of phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.


1 sweet potato

1 Tbsp wheat germ

1 tbsp flax meal

1 tsp hemp seeds for topping

1 tsp cilantro



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Wrap sweet potato in foil and bake for 45-60 minutes
  3. Once cooled, place in bowl and mash together with remaining ingredients
  4. Roll in balls and place in a greased baking sheet
  5. Bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees




How To Have A Healthy Halloween

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Nutrition at 2:15 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND

The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and the kids are back in school, this can only mean one thing. Fall has officially begun. One of the biggest highlights to fall besides enjoying the incredible temperatures is the fun that Halloween brings. Children and adults get to dress up in costumes, enjoy parties either at homes or in school and eat delicious treats. It’s common for people to focus on unhealthy snacks this time of year (Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy each year for Halloween), but it’s important to note that healthy snacks can be just as enjoyable.

We know avoiding traditional, unhealthy candy is the best option for our health. Besides the high sugar content, there are also other unwanted ingredients you might not want yourself or your children to consume. While it’s understandable that we may indulge a little this Halloween, maybe we should all think about fueling those splurges with healthier alternatives instead.

The SpOoKy Ingredients Inside Candy

  1. High Fructose Corn Syrup
    1. High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener made from corn and an alternative to sucrose (table sugar). Much of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified, making high fructose corn syrup highly likely to be a GMO product.
  2. Saturated and Trans Fats
    1. Saturated fats come mainly from animal sources and can raise total blood cholesterol levels and LDL levels which can increase the risk for heart disease. While some trans fats occur naturally, most are artificial and made through the process of hydrogenation. Partially hydrogenated trans fat can increase unhealthy LDL levels and may lower healthy HDL levels which may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  3. Hydrogenated Oils
    1. Hydrogenation is the process of adding hydrogen to liquid oils to turn them into a solid form. Partially hydrogenated oils are full of trans fat which may negatively impact your heart health.
  4. Artificial Flavoring
    1. While natural flavors must be derived from plant or animal material, artificial flavors are synthesized in a lab.
  5. Synthetic Coloring
    1. Natural dyes have been used for centuries to color food; however, synthetic dyes can be mass-produced at a fraction of the cost. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have granted approval to just seven synthetic food colorings for use in food. These include; Blue #1, Blue #2, Green #3, Red #3, Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6. Today, most synthetic food dyes are derived from petroleum, or crude oil.
  6. Chemical Emulsifiers & Preservatives
    1. These pertain to ingredients such as Polyglycerol polyricinoleate or PGPR and Tertiary Butylhydroquinone or TBHQ. These preservatives and emulsifiers may have detrimental health effects.
  7. Artificial Sweeteners
    1. Artificial sweeteners include acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), sucralose (splenda) and aspartame.

Make sure you leave some time this Halloween to be active. If possible walk from house to house when trick-or-treating instead of driving. Remember to be safe, wear reflective materials and walk on the sidewalk not in the streets.

Lifestyle Tips for a Healthier Halloween

  • Just because you fill up an entire king size pillowcase with treats doesn’t mean you have to eat it all in one night or even one week. Moderate the intake of candy and other treats by setting limits and discussing with children beforehand how much they are allowed to eat.
  • Balance the intake of candy with other healthy alternatives such as fruits, vegetables, crackers and pretzels.
  • Don’t spend the night filling up on candy and junk foods. If you are having a party, give your guests some healthier alternatives and more nutrient-dense foods.
  • Remember to eat a well-balanced dinner before trick-or-treating. This will prevent children from overeating candy and snacking throughout the night.
  • Remember that there are healthier choices for candy which have less fat, calories and sugar content.
  • Use smaller size bags that help to limit the amount of candy you collect.
  • Store the leftover candy in places that are “out of the way” so you are less likely to indulge in a treat.
  • There are plenty of options for parents and children besides throwing away leftover candy. You can donate to a local Ronald McDonald House, children’s hospital, or help support the troops by giving leftover candy to Operation Gratitude.


New Brand Showcase: SoCozy

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are a parent looking for personal care products made just for kids, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are happy to introduce, SoCozy products, a new brand designed to help parents easily and effortlessly manage their kids’ hair.

SoCozy products contain good, clean formulations with non-toxic ingredients. The company believes that managing kids is one thing, managing their hair is another. Tangles, frizzies, flyaways and bedhead are common challenges of kids’ hair but with these specially developed salon-quality formulas that boast multi-functional use, parents now have a go-to that gets the job done quickly with great results every time. With over 20 years of experience and expertise about kids’ hair, SoCozy products contain no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol, or any toxic ingredient. Plus, all products are free of gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.

Safe to use on young children, SoCozy products contain only natural ingredients and are also considered safe for babies. The company, however, does recommend consulting your doctor before you use any products on your infant. It is best always to do a Skin Patch Test to test for possible allergic reactions. If adverse reaction occurs, or you experience irritation or itching, discontinue use and consult a doctor.

SoCozy formulas are extremely gentle and non-irritating. Many companies add numbing ingredients and chemicals to make their products tear-free. SoCozy uses extremely mild cleansing agents and does not add ‘numbing chemicals’ in any of the products.

You can save even more when you shop SoCozy products at Lucky Just enter promo-code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 10/31/2016.


Feeding the Littles: Baby’s First Oatmeal

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:38 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Everyone wants the best for their children. When starting baby’s first foods, the doctor will usually recommend rice cereal but it’s not mandatory. For me, I did the research and learned infants stomachs produce very little amylase, the enzyme needed to break down starch which is why I decided to wait until around ten months to introduce grains. However, five to seven months seems to be a sweet spot where they have enough salivary amylase and if you give breast milk that contains amylase as well. So your little one can break down the starch. Just remember everything in moderation.  It’s completely up to you to choose what foods are best for your little one.

So one of the first grains we did was oatmeal since we were beyond rice cereal and it’s less constipating. Here’s a delicious recipe to try that you can make in bulk, keep in the fridge and use for three to four days.



  • Bring water to a boil and add oats
  • Turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Remove from heat and add milk


How To Calm Back to School Jitters

Summer is coming to an end and the beginning of school is right around the corner.  For parents, it’s back to the school year routine.  For a child, it commonly means a new teacher, new classmates, new routines, new thoughts and maybe even a new school. However, all this excitement can unfortunately bring some anxiety. While the cause of anxiety in children can differ, anxious feelings are normal and even expected as children make these important transitions in their life. I have found that when dealing with a fear driven thought, it’s important to walk through the fear in its entirety to help them problem solve. For instance, if your child is nervous about attending a new school and is afraid they’ll get lost or be late to class, don’t just reassure them that everything is going be “OK.” Instead, help walk them through the worst things that could happen and go through different scenarios of what to do if they get lost. Besides talking out the fears, I have found homeopathic remedies may be helpful in calming back to school jitters. These remedies can be taken as pellets and dissolved in the mouth. Below are just a few examples of some of the remedies that may be helpful. Remember it is always best to consult with a trained health care provider before starting to more accurately get the correct remedy and potency for your child.


Homeopathic Remedies to Consider

  • Pulsatilla
    • This remedy is appropriate for a child that is very timid, mild and tends to have a yielding disposition. Often times they have a strong emotional bond with the mother and cling to them. They may display their anxiety by demanding excessive attention, weeping often and crying at almost everything. Generally their anxiety is worse in a warm room and they seek the open air.
  • Lycopodium Clavatum
    • This remedy is one of the first remedies that come to mind when speaking about anticipatory anxiety. Lycopodium is suitable for children who have an aversion to undertake new things, yet when they do so they go through it with relative easiness. A lot of the anticipatory anxiety is because they are afraid they will fail and look foolish. Most of these children try to conceal these insecurities with over confident mannerisms.
  • Gelsemium
    • This remedy is often the first remedy considered when it comes to test anxiety and stage fright. One of the keynote symptoms for this remedy include anticipation of any unusual ordeal, such as appearing in public, public speaking or test anxiety that can bring on diarrhea.
  • Phosphorus
    • This remedy is good for a child that is generally very sharp, alert and desires creative activities yet has many anxieties. In their anxious state they become fearful when they are alone and for that reason strongly desire company. They are very restless and fidgety and desire to be rubbed gently. When they are anxious they can bite their nails. Lastly, they have a strong fear of the dark and their anxiety is often time worse during thunderstorms.
  • Baryta Carbonicum
    • This is a great remedy if your child is afraid to go to school because of undertaking anything new, such as new people, new classes, etc. This child is excessively shy, they oftentimes hide behind the mother, their hands or furniture as to not be looked at by strangers. They tend to lack self-confidence. If this type of child walks into a room with people laughing, they may assume the people are laughing at them. They easily get homesick because they feel a sense of safety in their home. Lastly, this child may also have some problems in the classroom with learning. They tend to be very forgetful and inattentive, and have a hard time learning and remembering new information.


Dietary and Emotional Health

Diet may also play a major role in emotional health. While sugar itself may not cause anxiety, researchers have found that it might worsen anxiety symptoms. In one study, researchers found that rats that binged on sugar and then fasted displayed anxiety-like behaviors. It’s important to limit the amount of sugar laden, processed foods in your child’s diets throughout the school year. This may not only help with keeping their anxiety at bay but also may help improve their overall health and immunity.

Other Tips to Consider

  • Role playing can help your children to come up with different plans for different scenarios that they may be anxious about.
  • Focus on the positives and help your children to redirect their attention from negative worries to positive thoughts. This could be getting to see friends they haven’t seen since the last day of school, focusing on a special snack in their lunch bag, or any other positive experiences you can come up with.
  • Pay attention to your own behavior. Remember, children are very aware of how parents react to situations. Even if it doesn’t seem like they are paying attention, they hear and see more then we think they do. Children also learn many cues and emotions from their parents. If you can show more confidence and less anxiety, your children are more likely to follow suit.


While back to school jitters are common, there are many tips to help tackle them before they get out of hand. Consider some of these tips the next time you are faced with a child who is experiencing anxiety around school and life. Best wishes for a happy and healthy school year.



5 Supplements to Prepare for Back to School

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
As August begins, it’s time to start thinking about returning to school. Don’t wait until the very last minute to do your shopping, including supplements and products that can help you kids during the school year. Lucky Vitamin can help you get a jump start on this year’s list as we show you 5 supplements to prepare for back to school.

1. Multivitamins

Kids’ multivitamins can be very helpful particularly for kids who struggle to eat a well-balanced and healthy diet. The ABC of vitamins for kids should also add D and E as these 5 vitamins are extremely important for school-aged children.

2. Immunity

Supplements to enhance the immune system can be an excellent addition for your children. Year after year, many kids get sick in school not only during the first month of classes but also during the school year, especially during the winter months. A strong immune system can prevent the common cold and flu and reduce the number of school days your kids will miss during the year.

3. Attention

Supplements to improve attention can be helpful for younger kids as well as teenagers and young adults. We live in a very easy-to-be-distracted world and it is no different during school hours. Improving attention can lead to better learning and a better levels of concentration.

4. Memory

Do you remember that time you could not answer a question just because you could not remember it? As soon as the exam/quiz was over, you could easily remember all the answers. Memory booster products can be a great way to avoid this from happening to your kids as this products contain vitamins, minerals, and herbs known to improve memory and focus.

5. Omegas

Omega- 3 supplements are an excellent addition to your diet and your kids’ diet at any time of the year. In fact, during this time when kids are going back to school, omega supplements can help with a few of the issues listed above such as improving immunity and enhancing focus and attention.


Feeding the Littles: First Foods

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor













“So, when are you starting him/her on solids?” is a question posed (over and over…) to most new parents. For many, it’s a question that can conjure some unexpectedly anxious feelings. After all, where do you begin? We know how overwhelming these early decisions are during the first introduction to solid foods and that’s why we’re here to help.

Below you’ll find the top three foods to get you and your little one started.  Renowned pediatrician Dr. Sears (so renowned that he doesn’t even need a first name!), explains that a child’s taste buds fully develop over the first three years of their lives. Seize the opportunity to instill in your child a lifetime of adventurous and healthy eating habits. Let‘s get started!

Best First Foods:

Banana – Being soft and easy to digest make bananas a perfect first food for baby. Not to mention, they require little to no prep. Just peel and mash. You can add creaminess to a mashed ‘nana by adding a little breast milk and spoon feeding it. This tasty fruit contains essentials for your baby’s developing body including potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.

Avocado – Like banana, avocado is a great first food. With a smooth and creamy texture it’s soft for baby to chew and swallow. Avocados are packed with fiber and vitamin E and are an excellent source of “good fats.” This sodium- and cholesterol-free fruit has the full recommended daily value for folate along with 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats vital for baby’s nervous system and brain.

Soft boiled egg yolk – Around eight months, you can give your baby a soft boiled egg. Make sure to only give the yolk, however, since egg whites are known as a top allergen in children. We suggest using organic, pastured eggs from a local farm whenever possible, as eggs harvested from grass-fed chicks contain higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Egg yolks provide essentials for brain development including choline, good cholesterol and iron.



Living Naturally With a 9-Month Old

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

I started living a green lifestyle a little over a decade ago after both my parents were diagnosed with cancer. I started making healthy changes here and there — some seemed more than a little daunting at first — but after a while, I couldn’t help but notice that I hadn’t felt this energetic and focused in years. Once challenging tasks became a normal part of my day-to-day. As time went on I realized that there could be no turning back on my wellness journey. When I realized that even my hand soap HAD TO be organic, I knew that I was in this for life. But not just MY life…

How do you make living green and healthy part of a baby’s life, too? If you are like me and my nine-month old son Sammy, you start by adding little things to your pre-existing routine and making small, incremental changes as you begin to figure out what works and doesn’t work in your new familial arrangement. Along the way you’ll discover that you’re helping to raise a child who understands and appreciates the importance of green living and good nutrition.

Here’s a list  of some of our favorite products to get you and your little one started.

Bedding – Cotton muslin is amazing for babies. The open weave and lightweight fabric of muslin allows for enhanced airflow, reducing the risk of overheating. It’s gentle on a baby’s delicate skin yet durable enough to survive multiple washings. For the mattress pad, try this favorite made with organic cotton.

Feeding – Once solid foods are added to the mix you’re playing on a whole other, higher level. If you’re committing to using only fresh, organic fruits and vegetables I’ll be straight with you – you’re going to be putting in a lot of meal prep time so it’s important to find any product that will help extend the life of the food. These snack cups are perfect for holding the little portions and keeping baby’s meals fresh. As a natural mama, I love the fact they are made from plant-based materials.  You can stack the cubes for easy storage and make perfect portions for use on-the-go.

Teething – Oh man, this is not a fun topic, but luckily there are some natural remedies to get you and your little one sleeping through the night. I don’t know what I would do without this homeopathic remedy.  The soft tablets dissolve instantly to provide relief and comfort when you babe is cutting teeth.

Toys – In our household overstimulation is the enemy. We limit Sammy to just a few “passive” toys that encourage active engagement and experimentation, rather than toys that merely entertain through sound or light. This brand makes beautiful wooden toys using sustainable American hardwoods. Handcrafted in the USA, their line of products are earth-friendly, safe, and most importantly, fun!

Bath time – Sammy has very sensitive skin, so we must use products that are unscented. Plus, since I only use natural and organic personal care products for myself, it only makes sense to use the same for him. He uses the baby scent version of the castile soap that I use. This shampoo is my favorite because it’s free of fragrance, scent-masking agents, clear formula chemicals, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and DEA.


Feeding the Littles: Are They Ready?

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor


Congratulations, you’re a new parent! From their first smile to their first time sleeping through the night, nothing is more gratifying than watching your child begin to check off those all-important first milestones. Another huge step in your baby’s development is the introduction of solid foods. But how do you know when they are ready to make that crucial next step? Fortunately, there are some specific developmental signs that indicate when your little one is ready raise his culinary game.

Signs That Your Baby Is Ready:

Ability to Sit Up – This is a no-brainer because if a baby cannot sit up unassisted, eating food becomes a serious choking hazard. To be safe, make sure that they can hold their head up steady and sit up on their own.

Interest in food – When you sit at the table to eat a meal does your baby stare at you intently, watch your mouth, or maybe even mimic your chewing action? This could be their way of showing interest in what you are eating. Some experts consider reaching for food a sign, too. However, keep in mind that four- to six-month olds are teething and usually putting everything in their mouth, including nonfood items.

Loss of tongue thrust reflex – This reflex allows babies to drink and swallow liquids without choking. Not sure what to look for?  Simply place a piece of banana in your child’s mouth and if they push it back out with their tongue, you have just witnessed the thrust reflex in action. It’s usually gone by six months, but in some cases breastfed babies can hang onto this reflex a little longer, meaning their forays into the world of solid foods might take a little longer than formula babies.

Always remember that all babies are different and progress at varying rates. Even though they may have some of the signs mentioned above, they might not be interested in food. Some babies may start as early as four months while others may not start until as late as nine months. Watch for your child’s hunger cues and don’t try to force it. They’ll eat when they are ready.


Baby Recipe: Green Monkey Mash

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor


Adding superfoods into your baby’s diet is a great way to set the stage to health living. This superfood is a favorite that you can start giving baby around six months. Try it in this super easy recipe your baby will love.

Spirulina is considered to have the most concentrated sources of functional nutrients. In case you didn’t know this green powder is actually a type of algae sourced in pure, fresh water. What makes this super food so unique is that is contains all eight essential amino acids that readily and easily digested which is perfect for a baby’s delicate digestive tract.

Another great addition to this recipe is DHA. Your child’s brain grows the most in the first three years of life. You can optimize your little ones developing brain and eyes by adding DHA to their regimen.


2 ripe bananas

¼ teaspoon spirulina

1 ml of Baby DHA


Using a fork, mash the peeled bananas

Add the spirulina and mix well until fully combined

*This should make enough for two feedings. Keep refrigerated in an air tight container and use in 1-2 days before the bananas brown**


New Brands Showcase: UpSpring

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B11 UpSpringLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of baby and child health products to our customers: UpSpring.

UpSpring offers a unique line of products to help make life better and easier for mom and baby. The company works with the best, brightest, and most experienced product development teams to bring you things that will change your lives or at least make them a whole lot better. UpSpring works with scientists, microbiologists, chemists, and other dedicated professionals whose goal it is to advance motherhood.

The end-result is a top-quality line of products that fit today’s modern family. One of the company’s best-selling product is Milkscreen, an at-home alcohol detection kit for breast milk. Additionally, the company offers UpSpring Walking Wings, a unique tool for babies learning to take their first steps.

UpSpring wants to bring its products to as many mothers as possible and, in order to achieve this, the company has partnered with other mom inventors and medical experts to expand focus to include just-for-mom products like Shrinkx Hips, the first postpartum compression belt for the hips, and C-Panty, after C-section recovery and slimming underwear.

You can save even more when you shop UpSpring products at Lucky Just enter the promo code JUNE16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 6/30/2016.


Not Just for Kids: Gummy Vitamins

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Vitamins and Minerals at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
16 GVGummy vitamins have been known to have one main target: kids. However, that does not necessary mean every single gummy vitamin product should be made for children. In recent years, a good number of companies have created new products, particularly multivitamins, which contain gummy vitamins instead of the traditional tablet or capsule. So, what’s the real story behind this? Are the better, the same, or just another “up to your personal” taste debate?

Gummy vitamins made for adults are widely available from many different brands. Multivitamins, fish oils, calcium supplements, energy enhancers are just a few examples of products available in gummy form. Gummy vitamins contain basically the same ingredients as a regular multivitamin product but some products may leave out the vitamin K, niacin, thiamin, and a few minerals often present in most multivitamin tablets.

The interesting point about gummy products is that they may be the best way for people not used to take supplements to start a new routine of taking these essential vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, gummy vitamins for kids contain much small amounts of vitamins and minerals and are normally developed for a certain age group, not really suitable for adults.

The bottom line is that gummy vitamins can be a great solution for someone who may have a difficult time swallowing pills, particularly those giant multivitamin ones. Plus, it can be a great alternative for people who struggle to take pills as, for some reason, gummies seem to be a lot easier to be taken on a daily basis. One last tip: check the amount of sugar in the gummy vitamins and preferably try to find a product that contain healthier, more natural sugars, from organic sources.



The Benefits of a Probiotic

probioticsProbiotics balance the spectrum of live organisms that naturally colonize the human GI tract. Probiotic bacteria is essential for healthy digestion, ensures the intestinal lining stays up to par and aids in the detoxification process.

Immune Support – Did you know that 80 percent of your immune system is located within your digestive system? Simply put: a healthy gut equals a healthy you! Without a good probiotic, your body cannot absorb fiber, sugars or starches. The good bacteria in your GI tract converts carbs into energy and nutrients for your body.

Childhood Allergies – A recent study found that women who took probiotics during pregnancy had a 30 percent reduction in the instance of childhood eczema (an early sign of allergies) in their infants.

Weight Control – Stanford University researchers found that obese people had different gut bacteria than those whose weights fell in the “normal” range. Weight factors including metabolism, hormones and inflammation are all influenced by gut health andprobiotics can help restore this system back to balance.

Women’s Health – Probiotics play an important role in maintaining balance and preventing bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections in women. Also, L. acidophilius can not only help prevent infection but can help manage active ones.

Urinary Health – If you suffer from frequent UTI then you need a probiotic, stat! The good bacteria may help fight off bad bacteria that can invade your urinary tract.

Infant Health – Colicky babies can benefit from a probiotic. According to Italian researchers, infants given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of colic. And it can also help with constipation and acid reflux in babies.



April Is National Autism Awareness Month

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Concerns & Ailments at 2:13 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Boy putting hands together like therapist sittingAutism awareness has come very far since it was first diagnosed in the 1940’s. Autism spectrum disorder or ASD is a term used for a group of complex disorders that develops early in childhood. It’s characterized by varying degrees of abnormalities in social interaction, verbal as well as non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors, interests or activities.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the rate for autism is currently around 1 in 68. Research also shows that the disease is four to five times more common among boys than girls. While the actual etiology of autism at this point is unknown there are many speculations to its cause, some of which include genetics, abnormalities in brain structure or function, obstetric complications, exposure to environmental toxins or prenatal and perinatal infections.  Regular screening of infants and toddlers for autism is imperative because early interventions can greatly increase positive outcomes for children with ASD. Autism itself is a very complex disorder and treatment is difficult. Just as there may be no one cause of autism, there is really no one treatment approach and it seems that a multidisciplinary approach may be best.  Below are some recommendations for management of ASD.

  • Special Education, Speech, Behavior, Occupational and Physical Therapy are all critical in the management of children with autism and parents should seek help from therapists as soon as a diagnosis of autism has been made. Parents may experience challenging behaviors from their child and these professionals can offer effective ways to help modify those behaviors.
  • Diet is a topic that goes hand in hand with autism. There are many diets such as the Ketogenic Diet, Feingold Diet, GAPS Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Low Oxalate Diet that claim to help children with autism. There has been limited anecdotal evidence that suggests that dietary measures may be helpful. However, in my practice I have seen that diet may play a key role in the intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder and some of its key symptoms. One of the most talked about dietary intervention in these children includes the removal of gluten and casein from their diets.  Gluten is the protein found in wheat and casein makes up the protein found in dairy. While gluten and dairy removal may have noticeable impact on behavior in some children with autism not all families report benefits. When removing gluten or dairy from your children’s diets to see if it is beneficial, it’s important to have 100% strict removal for at least 6-8 weeks.
  • Many children with autism are not meeting the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that nutritional imbalances in children with autism are common and some may be very important. It’s important to consult with a trained health care provider who can help you assess your child’s diet and supplement intake to make sure they’re meeting proper recommended intake of nutrients. Below are some common supplements that may be helpful in children with autism. When choosing supplements, make sure they are gluten and dairy free, have no added sugars, limited added fillers/excipients, and are free of artificial colors, dyes, and flavors.
  • A lot of research has been done in recent years that shed light on the importance of vitamin DVitamin D is actually a hormone that has the ability to turn on and off genes. Researchers have begun to look at the role of vitamin D deficiency in children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. There was a case report out of China that showed improved symptoms in a child with low vitamin D levels after treatment with vitamin D.  One research article found an increased prevalence of autism in the USA in regions of greater cloud cover and rainfall. Also in the US the rate of autism for children 6-17 years of age is highest in regions with the lowest solar UVB. These are both factors that influence vitamin D levels in the body.  More research is needed and currently being done on the connection between vitamin D and autism.
  • There is a great deal of research that associates abnormal intestinal or gut flora with ASD development. Therefore, probiotics may play a crucial role in helping to regulate intestinal flora and restore normal gut flora in children diagnosed with autism.
  • We know fatty acids are essential for the development and proper function of the brain. Several small-scale studies looking at fish oils containing the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have shown that these supplements may lead to improvements in children suffering from ASD.  Specifically fish oils may improve hyperactivity, repetitive behaviors and socialization.
  • Glutathione made up of three amino acids (cysteine, glycine and glutamine), has many functions in the body, one of which is detoxification. The body’s detoxifications systems are important in protecting against both internal as well as external toxins. It is believed that the concentration of reduced glutathione is decreased in children with ASD as well as other factors associated with methylation. According to one study, supplementation with methylcobalamin, the preferred form of supplementation for vitamin B12 and Folinic Acid (a folate derivative), increased concentrations of cysteine, cysteinylglycine and glutathione. The study also found that although the mean metabolite concentrations improved significantly the levels remained below those of the neuro-typical control children.

While there are certainly other supplements that may help improve symptoms of autism these are just a few to start and build a foundation. As always, it is important to consult your child’s health care provider before starting supplementation due to the potential for interactions and side effects.


Eco Baby Tips for New Parents

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Just because your new parents doesn’t mean you have to compromise your green lifestyle. There are a ton of products to start your kiddos off on the right carbon-free foot(print).  It’s never too early to help instill in them the importance of making thoughtful, earth conscious choices. Here’s some basics on green living with a little one.


The average baby uses 5,000-8,000 disposable diapers through the end of toilet training. You can try and start out with cloth diapers but they don’t fit well until a baby reaches around 12 pounds. Until then, disposables are pretty much the only game in town, but you can offset the wastefulness of one-and-done diapers by choosing a brand that limits the impact on our environment.  This brand is our favorite. There are no lotions, fragrances or chemical bleaching of absorbent materials. Made in the USA, these diapers use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems by being B Corporation certified.

Personal Care

A baby’s skin is super delicate so you really want to do your homework before choosing their first skin care products. This body wash and shampoo combo is perfect for those with allergies and fragrance intolerance. In addition to being free of fragrance or scent-masking agents, California Baby Super Sensitive No Fragrance Everyday Lotion is a hypoallergenic lotion that does not contain any nut oils, gluten, soy, oat, dairy or alcohol. On a personal note, it cleared my baby’s cradle cap right up without having to use those nasty, chemical-laden shampoos.


A 2008 study by the Ecology Centre showed that 33% of all toys tested contained potentially harmful levels of dangerous substances including lead, cadmium and phthalates.  Instead of taking a chance on exposing your little ones to these hidden dangers, choose toys that are wooden, simple and plastic-free. We love this rattle made from crocheted, organic cotton. The chime rattle has a soft, unique texture to stimulate your baby’s senses.


Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding make the natural choice for your child  by using glass bottles. By nature, glass is free of BPA, so there’s no need to worry about different types of plastic or whether or not they’re safe. Plus, they’re durable, a snap to clean and can be easily sterilized. When you’re done Born Free takes your glass baby bottles and recycles them into non-feeding products such as toys, furniture and household utensils. Now that’s something you can feel good about.