Health and Wellness

Miracle Treatments

It has been a while since we’ve written, and for good reason. We have been on an incredible journey finding a doctor who has made a tremendous impact on Elijah’s life. An impact that we never dreamed possible. Starting in July, we started traveling to Dallas to bring Elijah see to Dr. McCarty. He is a chiropractor that does central…

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Healthy Thyroid?

Since his first wellness check we’ve been told we need to check his thyroid regularly. Hypothyroidism (and sometimes hyperthyroidism) are more common among kids and adults with Down Syndrome than the rest of the population. We did the recommended screening for the first three years of his life, and the results always came back “normal”. Up to that point we…

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It’s All About the Nutrition…

Nutrition is fuel for the brain and body…so why would we give them anything but the best foods to help them develop and grow?  The emotional, social, and physical development that occurs in the earliest years will have a direct impact on their overall development throughout life, and the nutrients we eat play a huge role in this process.  Of…

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Have a Cough?…Try Onions

Elijah has been battling a cold since right after Christmas.  It’s gone through a lot of phases over the last month…starting as bad congestion, then a brief scare of a croup sounding cough, loss of appetite, a productive sounding cough, and now FINALLY…HOPEFULLY…he’s coming out of all this.  I wanted to share one (among many) amazing things our natural doctor…

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What are Some Great Calming Techniques?

Needing physical input is something that some kids need more than others.  We are finding out more and more that it is a key part of keeping Elijah focused and calm.  Sometimes he just needs a “squeeze” (big bear hug), and other times he needs to roll over the fitness ball or use the weighted blanket.  After talking with his…

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Can music really make a difference?

Music makes everything better.  That’s what I’ve always felt anyway.  Music is always playing in our house, and it is truly amazing how it affects Payton and Elijah’s moods and lifts their spirits. I knew there were a lot of benefits music has on brain development, but to see it in action is nothing short of amazing.  When Elijah was…

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What the heck is proprioceptive input?

We hadn’t had OT concerns for Elijah until I noticed he responded to big hugs and squeezes when he was frustrated and agitated.  I started by just rubbing his feet when he was upset, and I could immediately feel his body relax. I started doing a little research.  I found something called proprioceptive input.  As I read about it, I…

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Could homeopathy be the answer?

I have learned so much over the last year about how to keep my kids healthy, balanced, strong and rested.  We have used supplements and herbs to support their systems, but we didn’t understand the importance of helping the body to find it’s balance and function as it is designed to do.  We started using homeopathy with Payton for teething…

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