Friday, October 7, 2011

Well Adjusted Babies and Children

I have been a great fan of the principles and values of the Well Adjusted Babies website and book since becoming a Mumma.  Again as we enter another  challenging week of sickness in our family - Mumma struck down with a tummy bug, Bubba with inflamed throat and ears and terrible break your heart cough at just six weeks old and Big Girl with another seasonal cold I am reminded of the Well Adjusted Baby and Children principles.

I absolutely believe that chiropractic adjustments allow the immune system to "do its thang" with might and clarity.  Bubba had a wonderfully blissful  sleep and time after hers' this week and her body seems to be healing itself.  A complete contrast to dealing with her ailments beforehand.

Children know what their bodies need when they are unwell and if we have the strength and patience (in my case this week) to listen to them they will lead us to these.  My Big Girl has often told me that she needed an adjustment and can point out where on her body it was required.  She always turns out to be right!  Little ones can also make the best nutrition choice for them during times of illness.  My Big Girl as a crawler with a cold would take her self to the pantry and bite on garlic cloves!  Today, after assuring me that it was in fact warm enough outside to play, she went to her garden to pluck peas to eat and pulled out a broccoli.  This was followed with a request for her knife with which she stripped the broccoli and came inside to ask to have it for lunch with rice.  Sure thing!  We added tomato, cheese and tuna, she mixed it all up and lunch was devoured.  An awesome lunch made with my Big Girl helping in six minutes flat!

Lastly, and this one I am struggling with... a lot given the countries latest issues.  Immunisations!  Poor sick Baby is due to have the six week ims, however I put this off due to her being so unwell.  I am so unsure about immunising this time around mainly because I realised first time round I just went with it and did not allow myself to absorb enough information about the pros and cons.  I have since learned that many unimmunised children with whom I have had contact lead healthy lives with very few colds and flus compared to the immunised children I know.  My immunised Big Girl has certainly had her fair share of colds and flus in her two years.  I wonder if the immunisations can stress the immune system and run it down making it easier to catch a cold??  So I am stuck on the notion of immunising having listened to much more information than I had in round one.  I wonder if you might share your thoughts on immunising or not with me.

Again as I have posted before, I want to say thank you to our family chiropractor "Zest" for their support and energy they give me as a newish Mumma x  Check out their facebook page for helpful articles and updates on raising free range healthy children.


  1. I am in exactly the same place regarding vax-ing my 2nd have written my current thought process almost verbatim! she is now 4mths old and we're delaying them for now while we continue to think...i figure we can always chose to do them later but you can't exactly "un"-do them once they're done.

  2. Thanks for sharing this.

    I read Well Adjusted Babies while I was pregnant with my first daughter and it gave me so much food for thought. I did a lot of things more naturally because of it.

    I haven't vaccinated either of my girls yet - Lily is 2 and Sophie is 4 months. I'm still not entirely sure whether this is the right decision, so my plan is just to delay, delay, delay. I think the longer they can go with their immune system doing its own thing, the better.

    I read in the book, "Boost your immune system naturally" by Beth Maceoin, that with a natural infection, it usually passes through several lines of defense: First the mucous membranes, then the tonsils, adenoids and lymph nodes, before entering the blood stream, and then on to touch the liver, spleen, thymus gland and bone marrow. This gives our body the best chance of mounting an immune system response.

    Vaccinations, on the other hand, go straight to the blood stream, so our immune system registers this invasion as excessively traumatic and stressful. This can lead to problems with allergies, asthma, and recurrent chest of ear infections.

    On a personal note - Lily didn't get sick till she was about 18 months old, but Sophie has been sick constantly. I think it's because Sophie gets dragged out to more play groups and comes into contact with bugs Lily wouldn't have ever met at Sophie's age.


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