Many parents and practitioners choose testing for babies and infants because it is such a convenient, safe and non-invasive way to help maintain optimal health for their children.
Because many parents are wary of using other methods with their babies, hair testing offers an easy and convenient way to establish sensitivities to foods. Many parents worry that their baby may not have enough hair for the test, but we can always find a way! Technical support is always on hand to help in these situations.
Natural health testing methods are reliable and sensitive. We often work with parents who know their baby is reacting to something, and yet have found it difficult to establish what it might be. This can commonly happen when the reactive substance is triggering a negative response in the body that is not immediately apparent, but may either have a delayed reaction, build up reactivity over time or there may be more than one trigger.
Skin problems may have associated food and environmental triggers. It is important to not only establish the edible substances that may be contributing to these issues, but also help to understand what may be useful (or not) when applied topically to the skin.
Other conditions which babies commonly present with such as digestive upsets and bowel issues can often be in part due to (or exacerbated by) food sensitivities. Similarly sleeping problems or problems settling can sometimes be made worse by the presence of reactive foods in the diet. Babies with low immune function may also benefit from an understanding of which foods may not be optimal in their diet.
For breastfed babies, the breastfeeding mother may be consuming a food substance that is causing a problem in her baby. For babies about to start on solids, it is a good idea to avoid any potential problems with reactive foods. Some parents are simply curious to see whether their baby has similar sensitivities to their siblings or other family members.
Providing optimal nutrition for babies is important whatever their age; whether they are breast- or bottle-fed, whether they have started solids or not.
Understanding a baby’s individual nutritional profile and sensitive foods can help to provide the information needed for giving them an optimal start in life, in a safe and effective manner.