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Do you recommend vitamin supplements for toddlers as a general rule? If so, any particular brands?

There are certain vitamins that are needed at each stage of development. If you feel that your baby or child is not getting enough from their food, that would be a time to consult a nutritionist who can help you by prescribing the right nutrients for your child. Our favourite brand is Genestra, a Canadian company who have done extensive research and have a fantastic range of liquid and chewable supplements and homeopathics.

Suggest a few great foods (i.e. the media calls oatmeal and pomegranate juice "super foods").

"Super foods" are referred to as those that are really high both in vitamins and minerals but also give tons of extra benefits, like anti-oxidants, bioflavonoids, proanthocyadins etc. Examples include blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries, black currants, grapes, mango, dried apricots, kiwi fruit, apples, melon, kale, broccoli, sweet potato, avocado, sweet peppers, spinach, watercress, arugula, asparagus, onions, garlic, brown rice, quinoa, lentils, beans and chick peas, fish such as salmon (wild caught), mackerel, sardines, almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and flax seeds. (We could go on, but this gives you an idea.)

When to introduce sesame seed products (seems to be an ingredient in a lot of food)?

Nine months and older, unless there is a history of allergy in the family. A great food. Can be used as a seed butter for spreading on rice cakes or in dips like hummus. Sesame seeds contain lots of good fats and nutrients, especially selenium, a strong antioxidant and anti cancer nutrient.

What if my child eats only 1 vegetable?

Find other places to hide more vegetables. Soups, veggie burgers, homemade patties, sauces, etc are great places to hide them. Try different forms: raw, steamed, mashed, pureed, baked and combine with favourite foods. Go for sweeter veggies and try things like sweet potato and parsnip fries, baked with some herbs and spices on them.

Or my kid eats plenty of fruit but no veggies...

Same, or keep giving as many fruits as possible. Try the sweeter vegetables and combine with their favourite fruits. They sometimes prefer them cut a certain way, thin or thick, round or square. Be creative and you might be surprised what they will try.

Could eczema be related to diet?

Absolutely. It can be from the mother eating the wrong food and passing it through the breast milk, the baby eating the wrong food, effects from vaccinations, antibiotics, or feeding your baby too early. I cannot stress enough how important it is to get to the bottom why it is there, even if it is in the family (which is common). Eczema and other rashes can be the body telling you that it is not coping with something. You can clear the effects of the vaccinations with a specific protocol, change your diet and support their digestive and immune systems and it should clear. There is a link between eczema and asthma and if you deal with it now, you may help prevent childhood asthma.

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