Thyroid health and Down syndrome

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Thyroid health is complicated and opinions regarding assessment and treatment differ considerably. One thing that is well recognised however, is that thyroid dysfunction, in particular clinical hypothyroidism, is a significant problem within…

Antibiotic vs Probiotic

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It's really frightening when your child has a fever and infection, especially so when they’re very young. The first port of call for parents who have a sick child is usually the GP and in urgent situations, the hospital. The most common medication…

Down syndrome online life

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Much of the connection and communication in the Down syndrome community happens online. This in my view is both a blessing and at times a burden. The benefits are abundant, the opportunity to ask questions, be informed, form bonds with other…

Improving your child's appetite

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Does your child have a poor appetite? If the answer is yes, then you are not alone. This problem appears to be rife in the Down syndrome community and obviously causes parents and children a great deal of stress. We know that providing a nutritious…

Natural treatments for blocked and runny noses

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A common problem for kids with Down syndrome is excessive congestion in the nose and throat. Many children suffer with runny noses of course, however children with Down syndrome are particularly affected due to smaller than average air passages…

Why the world needs people with Down syndrome

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My neighbour rang me yesterday, to ask if I would sign for some medical oxygen she was having delivered for her home birth. Sure I said, no problem.  Little did I know that the encounter with the “gas man” was going to be an experience…

Specialist multi-nutrient formulas and TNI for Trisomy 21

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Talking about vitamins and minerals shouldn’t really have to come with a trigger warning but when it comes to specialised multi-nutrient formulas and TNI for the Down syndrome community, I feel that such a statement may be warranted. You…

Sobbing on the bathroom floor

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So there I was, a week and a bit before Christmas Day, lying on the bathroom floor sobbing. You may know this kind of gut wrenching sob, where your shoulders heave up and down and hot tears stream, not delicately roll, down your red and swollen…

Empowered women informed choice

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The most pressing topic within the Down syndrome community at the moment, is that of the NIPT (non invasive prenatal test) a new form of early detection screening. The advent of this new test brings with it the possibility of a future devoid…

Feeding issues and Down syndrome

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Have you been offered support with regards to overcoming your child's feeding problems, or guidance as to how best to teach them how to feed and eat properly. Are you aware how important this aspect of care is in relation to speech development? In…

Ear health and Down syndrome

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Having healthy ears that are free from fluid, mucus and infection is important for the development of speech, balance and a child’s physical and emotional comfort. Unfortunately ear problems are rife with approximately 75% of all children…

Gluten and Down syndrome

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Gluten free diets have become a hot topic in recent years and are a common recommendation for children with Down syndrome, due to the high prevalence of coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity in the community. Studies have confirmed coeliac…

Elderberry syrup

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Elderberry syrup is a gentle yet effective natural remedy traditionally used to boost the immune system and fight off colds and flu. There are several species of elder, but Sambucus nigra, or European elder (also called black elder), is the…

Fish oils for brain health

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Omega three fatty acids are known as essential fatty acids, meaning we cannot produce them in the body and have to consume them. They have a positive impact on brain development in infants and children and are naturally occurring in mothers…

Ayurveda

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Last weekend I attended a workshop presented by two Ayurvedic doctors from Kerala in South India, followed by a consultation for myself and my son. It was very interesting to learn about this multi-layered and fascinating system of healing.…

Vitamin E and Down syndrome

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Vitamin E is a superhero nutrient, with multiple benefits for children and young adults with Down syndrome, which have been well researched and documented. Vitamin E is naturally occurring in certain foods, added to some processed foods and…

Why parents are choosing a natural way

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When you received the news that your baby had Down syndrome, you were most likely given a list of health complications that your child may experience, with little guidance as to treatment options, other than regular testing for hearing, eyesight,…

Milk matters

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Milk is one of those foods that causes much heated nutritional debate and consumer confusion. On the one hand we are told that milk is a valuable source of nourishment for both adults and children, however others tell us that it's extremely…

Benefits of Selenium

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Selenium is an extremely important mineral for health and can play a huge role in supporting children with Down syndrome. This amazing mineral is essential for a well functioning thyroid gland and is vital for antioxidant protection and a healthy…

Natural remedies for exhaustion

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Negotiating this modern world can be a very stressful and busy affair, with so many things to juggle. Looking after children, managing a household and or a job, can mean that energy levels deplete and we can start to feel wired and tired. When…

Constipation solutions

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When a child has constipation, it can be a worry for a parent and extremely uncomfortable for a child, often making them feel pretty grumpy. The bowel is one of the major organs of detoxification, therefore dealing with constipation is an…

Rethink Zinc

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Those of us in the Southern hemisphere are currently preparing ourselves and our children for winter, so immune boosting strategies are a hot topic right now. I was talking to a Biochemist the other day about viruses, in particular the…

Please eat something!

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Ok, so let's start tackling some of these fussy eaters shall we! Let me just start by saying that I've been at my wits end at times, trying to get my son to eat a proper meal, so if you're struggling, you have my empathy, it…

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Today is the official launch of the Three 21 Wellness Foundation and World Down Syndrome Day 2016. As we celebrate the amazing achievement of our children and the gifts that they bring in to our lives and others, I wish to dedicate this…