Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog! My name is Jennifer and I am a 41 year old mom to two beautiful children and wife to a patient and wonderful man. My interest in nutrition started years ago but really peaked within the past year when my family and I started seeing a naturopathic doctor.
When my son was born, he was misdiagnosed with acid reflux. I tried very diligently to nurse him and was very discouraged because he would not stay latched on and would scream while nursing. We were told that I should pump breast milk for him, put it into a bottle and then put rice cereal in the bottle to make the milk heavy. Acid reflux commonly occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter does not work properly, and allows acid to seep upwards from the stomach to the esophagus. The cereal was supposed to help weigh the milk down therefore keeping my son from having the reflux. The Prevacid he was on was supposed to help by stopping the release of acid into his stomach. I ended up pumping breast milk and putting it into a bottle with cereal for 14 months.
At the time, my husband was working midnights. Our son had his days and nights mixed up and our daughter was 3 1/2. Because of staying up all night with our son and all day with our daughter, I slipped into post partum depression (more to come on that).
Two winters ago, my son was on four rounds of antibiotics within four months for ear infections. He was only 1 at the time. I questioned his pediatrician several times about being on antibiotic after antibiotic. I was told that we had to get rid of the ear infection and when the first round of antibiotics didn’t work, we had to move to a stronger antibiotic.
Antibiotics wreak havoc on your digestive tract. They kill the “good” bacteria, also known as flora, in your intestines that help to digest and process food. I just felt uncomfortable with my son being on antibiotic after antibiotic. There was talk about putting tubes in his ears if he had one more ear infection. I prayed that it would not come to that. I kept asking questions about the ear infections only to be told that some children are prone to them.
Don’t get me wrong. I do believe that antibiotics have a time and place (preferably only when absolutely necessary) but when I was concerned about my 1 year old having back to back ear infections, I was angry to not get any sound answers.
The four of us started seeing a naturopathic doctor around September, 2011. I did not want to go down the same road with all the ear infections as the winter before. I wanted to be proactive rather than reactive. I wanted to be in control of our health!
In my next post, I will tell you what we learned during our first few visits to the naturopathic doctor.
This is my family’s story. The information presented on this blog is not intended to take the place of your personal physician’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is for informational purposes only.