Society is ever changing and so is pediatric medicine. The kids of today are different kids than from several decades ago. They are more ill. There is more childhood obesity, depression, autism and diseases that used to occur mainly in seniors. For example, both types of diabetes, both 1 and 2, are steadily increasing in kids as well as mood disorders.
Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends patients under pediatric care are infants through age of 21 years.
A medical doctor who specializes in this area is known as a pediatrician. The word pediatrics means the “healer of children”.
Dr. Kilbane is just that, a caring healer of kids. One of Dr. Kilbane’s patients wrote me that I should have her on the show because she had so much smart plus heart. This show reveals both sides, in spades!
Dr. Kilbane says that today’s kids are “over fed and under exercised” along with way too much sitting. Still, with a very ill child, these improvements are enough. Healing the child, means healing the entire family.
If mom and dad are stressed, in conflict, eating poorly, or ill themselves, the child—who is wide open and mirrors everything—takes much of this on. Especially in the gut and nervous system. Which sets the scene for un-wellness throughout many tissues in the young child or teen’s body. Today, so many children are so ill, healing them is often not easy, especially with quick fixes like antibiotics and other pills.
Dr. Kilbane originally practiced orthodox pediatrics. She soon realized that she wasn’t achieving cures. The same ill kids kept coming back in with similar or migrating symptoms. Her tool bag of meds felt small, ineffectual and inadequate. So Dr. K went back to school. She got board certified in integrative medicine. This changed her life and the lives of those lucky to find her.
Now Dr. Kilbane signs families up for a shared journey. She strives to get the whole family involved. She has designed an online course for the whole family that has been very successful. You can take it without even being a patient and there is a link below.
The focus needs to be on improving the diet. This means eating whole and unprocessed foods. Food is the most powerful driver of a healthier microbiome and healthier gut. You don’t have to give up meat, but you have to eat a lot more veggies. And fresh foods, not processed foods. And avoid foods shrunk wrapped in plastic.
It’s critical that the whole family makes the changes you are asking your child to make. It is not fair to take bread and candy out of a child’s life, while these same foods are still in the fridge and in the cupboards, still being eaten and enjoyed by others. The whole family has to get on board.
Mattresses make a difference. We sleep on them for 8 to 10 hours. So healthy beds make healthier kids. Link below!
What diseases are on the rise in kids? Allergies, ADHD, autism, childhood Pott’s disease, sleep apnea, obesity, and emotional/social disorders like anger management and anxiety, autoimmune diseases, adolescent fatigue (mitochondrial dysfunction), and more.
Factors are being identified that occur in youth, which are the origins of heart disease in later life. These include pregnancy habits, genetics, dietary and physical activity habits, second-hand, and third-hand smoking, as well as environmental factors including air pollution and global climate changes. For example, being within half a mile of a busy highway increases your child’s risk of asthma, respiratory illnesses and even behavioral changes.
- Our children are our future. Our future is threatened.
- Passionate physicians like Dr. Sheila Kilbane are needed to secure the future of our children, our families and our planet.
This is an inspirational, inspiring and informative show with exact steps to help your help your children be healthier.
Show Resources & Links
Book (Kindle): Healthy Kids, Happy Moms
Online Course: 7 STEPS TO HEALTHY KIDS HAPPY MOMS™
Organic Mattresses: LifeKind.com or Tuft and Needle- tuftandneedle.com