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Four Dangers to Infants You Need to Be Aware of

Baby's Health

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  • Microorganisms in your gastrointestinal tract form an intricate, living fabric of natural controls affecting body weight, energy, and nutrition. Recent research shows that the presence of certain bacteria in infants affect their growth
  • Cleaning off your child’s pacifier by sucking on it may be inadvertently reducing your child's risk of developing allergies, new research suggests. This appears to be a side effect of your oral bacteria affecting your child’s gut bacteria
  • Children exposed to flame-retardant chemicals (PBDEs) in utero are at increased risk for hyperactivity and lower IQ. A tenfold increase in PBDE exposure during pregnancy was associated with a four-point IQ deficit in five-year-old children
  • Vitamin D insufficiency is very common in preterm babies. Recent research shows that giving preemies 800 IU’s of vitamin D3 was significantly more effective at correcting vitamin D insufficiency compared to giving them half that amount
  • Despite the complete lack of long-term safety studies, infant formulas can contain genetically engineered ingredients (such as corn, soy, sugar), without being labeled. A new petition urges infant formula makers to phase out all GMOs from their infant formulas

By Dr. Mercola

Babies are born at considerable risk nowadays. Toxic exposures and lack of nutrition and beneficial microbes in utero and after birth can contribute to a wide variety of health problems. Here, I will cover four commonly overlooked infant dangers:

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