Below is a brief list of some of the irregular symptoms exhibited by many American children today.  It is a catalog compiled by vigilant parents who see these signs in their children and their children’s friends on a daily basis. Although they are common, they are not normal when exhibited chronically.

Scan through the list.  Do your children, or children that you know, exhibit any of these symptoms with persistence?

There are perfectly normal and healthy children that exhibit a few of these symptoms occasionally.  This is not a concern. All children exhibit occasional temper tantrums, hoarding of toys, constipation, hyperactivity, and many more of the aforementioned symptoms.  However, it is not normal when children exhibit these symptoms chronically or with particular intensity and severity, despite conventional treatment approaches (e.g., diet and behavioral modifications).

These symptoms stem from some underlying biological dysfunctions that are typically not recognized by most physicians.

Although some of these symptoms may be strongly correlated with one particular underlying medical problem (e.g. red cheeks after eating is often associated with food allergies), many of these symptoms are “red flags” that there are multiple complex underlying biological disorders (such as gut dysbiosis, immune dysregulation, mitochondrial dysfunction, autoimmunity, malabsorption, etc.).

In other words, a child who experiences chronic constipation may have a food allergy, but may also be experiencing gut dysbiosis and mitochondrial dysfunction.  In another example, a child who experiences chronic constipation may have food allergies, mitochondrial dysfunction, immune dysregulation, malabsorption, and a developing autoimmune condition (such as colitis or Crohn’s disease).

It is of critical importance that a child with chronic symptoms be seen by an integrative or holistic medical practitioner who can help get to the underlying causes of the symptoms.

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