Feeding Children by Stephen Gislason MD is an essential guide for parents:
If infants and children are not doing well when conditions are favorable, we think first about problems in their food supply. They develop problems even with regular foods and need carefully chosen foods and sometimes need nutritional help with low allergy, complete nutrition formulas.
There are many ways for food problems to interfere with a child's normal functioning and to promote disease. Several problems interact in a complex manner to produce the symptoms and dysfunction that we seek to remedy.
To many parents, the food supplied by the supermarket, restaurants and fast food outlets is considered to be normal, convenient and easy to feed to children. Normal is not normal, however. The apparent convenience of all this normal food may conceal years of illness, brain dysfunction and unnecessary suffering. Childrens food tends to be the most processed and chemically contrived of any age group. Food manufacturers and vendors advertise their synthetic, processed foods directly to youngsters, and generally succeed in marketing their products. Boxed, canned and bottled foods, fast foods, snack foods, candies, chocolate bars, burgers, pizzas, and pop are usually included in the diets of our adolescents and many of our younger children.
We have found that milk and wheat allergy are common in children of all ages, Food allergy causes physical symptoms and also contributes to learning and behavioral problems. A peanut butter and jam sandwich and a carton of milk is a common school lunch, followed by the most common afternoon symptoms - flushing, congestion, fatigue, irritability and the inability to concentrate.
There are many ways for food problems to interfere with a child's normal functioning and to promote disease. We assume that several problems interact in a complex manner to produce the symptoms and dysfunction that we seek to remedy. It is always necessary, therefore, to correct nutritional problems by complete diet revision
Since there are multiple effects following ingestion of food, no explanation of food-related problems based on one mechanism alone will ever account for the multiplicity of effects reported and observed. Our best theories assume complex interactions; simultaneous immunological, physiological, and biochemical mechanisms.
Topics include infant feeding, problems with breast feeding, asthma, eczema, hives, colic, digestive disorders, food allergy, learning and behavioral problems.