By SafBaby Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson
I was searching for a book that offers a holistic approach with zero side effects to most common health problems and was glad to stumble onto Dr. Randall Neustaedter’s book “The Holistic Baby Guide: Alternative Care for Common Health Problems.” Randall Neustaedter is a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine who has practiced and taught holistic medicine for more than thirty years in the San Francisco Bay Area.
His book covers a detailed alternative medical approach of Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Chinese Medicine and Nutritional Supplements for most common health problems in babies like colic, digestive problems, eczema, cradle cap, diaper rash, asthma, fevers, colds and ear infection.
We highly recommend The Holistic Baby Guide to parents who are looking for a gentler way to treat their young children’s health problems. Too many sick babies receive conventional treatments for their symptoms (with many side effects) by not taking care of the root problem, Dr. Neustaedter’s little patients see great improvement and usually get back to perfectly healthy children. I would also recommend this book as a MUST READ to all pediatricians!
After reading Dr. Neustaedter’s book I had a few additional questions I am sure a lot of other parents are wondering about. When should I introduce grains into baby’s diet? Can Omega 3, Vitamin D and Probiotics transferred from breastmilk to baby? Which baby should get a stool sample done for yeast? And more wonderful questions are answered by expert Dr. Randall Neustaedter, OMD below. This Q&A along with this fantastic book is a wonderful gift for any parent!
FAQ with Randall Neustaedter, Holistic Practitioner
You recommend keeping all grains, including rice cereals and oatmeal out of baby’s diet at least for the first 12 month. I thought that gluten-free grains are easily digestible. How do I know if a baby has problem with digestion (poop smells, undigested food in poop, or ?). Is baby, without the grains, getting enough carbs?
I think that grains are a very difficult and complex form of carbohydrate and protein for digestion. That’s why they cause so many problems, and babies are often not equipped to handle them during the first year. Not all babies have problems with rice and oats, but enough do to warrant being cautious about their introduction. Small intestine problems are often hidden and not obvious until babies start developing allergic reactions.
Probiotic Health for Breastfeeding Moms and Infants
Are probiotics & Omega 3 transferred to baby via breastfeeding? Do you recommends breastfeeding moms to take supplements?
Probiotics, Vit D, and Omega 3 fats are all worthwhile supplements for breastfeeding moms. Omega 3 fats are transmitted, not probiotics, but taking probiotics during pregnancy and breastfeeding will benefit babies (e.g. preventing eczema).
Do you recommend every baby a probiotics supplement, even if it has never received antibiotics or is breastfed? Do you recommend any particular probiotic brand?
No, not all babies need probiotics. I like Klaire Probiotics, but there are many that are fine.
You mention in your book that LACTOBACILLUS RHAMNOSUS GG is most effective probiotics. For what symptoms do you recommend it?
Supplementing Omega 3/DHA and Vitamin D
You say flax oil is not a suitable alternative for Vegan/Vegetarians, how about Omega 3 derived from Algae?
Flax oil with sunflower oil can be adequate and DHA from algae is an alternative.
Vitamin D is such a huge issue lately, most people especially young children are deficient. Do you know if the mom gets lots of sun exposure she can transfer Vitamin D to infant via Breastfeeding?
Vitamin D goes through breastmilk, but I advise babies to also take Vit D3 (400 – 800 IU).
Yeast Overgrowth Contributing To Eczema and More
Which infant or toddler should get a stool sample for yeast?
Babies with eczema, asthma, digestive problems, or other allergies.
Locating Acupuncturists and Homeopathic Doctors In Your Area
How can I find a good, trustworthy acupuncturist, homeopath and/or doctor for Chinese medicine? Is there any national certification/accreditation in the US for alternative practitioners?
Certification for homeopaths is through the Council for Homeopathic Certification. Acupuncturists are licensed in each state.
What’s wrong with the conventional allergy tests?
IgE (conventional) allergy testing is fine, but IgG tests can discover food sensitivities.
In most industrialized countries, health insurance companies approved and cover a 100% homeopathic remedies, acupuncture and Chinese medicine – why not in the US?
Many insurance companies cover acupuncture. I am in network for many insurance carriers.
You mention in your book that you do not recommend combination homeopathic remedies sold at health food stores, why not?
This is a shotgun approach that can confuse the body with too many different homeopathic medicines.
Drugs For Colic Not Recommended
Why shouldn’t babies be given ‘colic’ drugs?
Studies show that acid blocking drugs don’t work and they can make babies more susceptible to infections because stomach acid prevents bacterial infections. The studies are quoted in my book The Holistic Baby Guide.
My child has excessive ear wax, is this an indication of health problems?
Excess ear wax is not an indication of health problems. Some people have suspected low levels of omega 3 fats as a contributor.
About Randall Neustaedter, OMD
Randall Neustaedter has practiced and taught holistic medicine for more than thirty years in the San Francisco Bay area, specializing in child health care. He is a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine, author of The Holistic Baby Guide, Child Health Guide and The Vaccine Guide, and the father of five children. Visit his website www.cure-guide.com to register for a free newsletter with pediatric updates.