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Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are actually good for your health, especially your digestive system. Bacteria is often thought of as something that causes disease, but your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. Probiotics are

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Say what? Yes… I know it sounds crazy, but using breathable tape to train a child to keep his mouth closed works very well! I noticed that Oliver, Jett’s little brother, was able to keep his mouth closed better during the day after the first night of taping. I learned about this method from a

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 Why is some TV beneficial? I have let Jett watch up to 30 minutes of television a day since he was about 15 months old, after I first read the article, “The Selective Use of TV and Videos for Advancing the Development of Special Needs, Typical and Accelerated Preschool Children”, by Robert J. Doman Jr,

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Oxidative stress and inflammation are toxic to neurons and can lead to the death of brain cells. Since this occurs more often in the brain of someone with T21 — and is reported to happen even before birth — a good antioxidant is important to use. Fortunately, blueberries are one of the most powerful antioxidants

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For Jett’s lunch, I keep it simple and I haven’t gotten any complaints. His drink container is the durable,  nontoxic, steel Foogo straw cup that has silicone on the upper part of the straw and I buy this silicone straw that replaces the plastic one that comes with it. (I do cut the straw to

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What lab testing should I request from my child’s physician? In the US, your child’s physician is likely to be following these conservative 2011 guidelines for “health supervision” of Down syndrome. Some physicians don’t even do that much, so if your child hasn’t had all of the tests listed, it’s easy to request them. These

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This was Jett’s one hour “workout” at age 4 that he did with a local teen, Kiana, in the summer. It includes activities that target four major areas: active/heart, legs, arms/weight bearing, relaxing and brain stimulating activities… The “read book” was a different Spanish/English book with the vocabulary. (The teen was bilingual.) You could subs…

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Learn how to optimize the health and well being of individuals with Down syndrome… Overview Action Plan for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome Slides: Action Plan for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome With proper intervention—physical, nutritional, neurodevelopmental, medicinal and environmental—your child’s future can be full of… ♥ Hi friend! Please login to view

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Why ginkgo for those with DS? Many people with T21 tend to have an over expression or too much of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid). According to Wikipedia, “GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Its principal role is reducing neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. GABA is also directly responsible… ♥ Hi

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