© Copyright Bee Wilder
Revised November 15, 2014
Table of Contents
- Why Babies Are Unhealthy
- Candida/Yeast Questionnaire For Children
- Breastfed Babies
- Breast Milk Substitutes
- Diet for Babies
- Supplements for Babies
- Diet & Supplements for Children (18 months to 12 years old)
Why Babies Are Unhealthy
Babies inherit both of their parents’ “nutritional status” upon conception, as Dr. Weston A. Price writes in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Chapter 21: “Of the many problems on which the experience of the primitive races can throw light, probably none is more pressing than practical procedures for improving child life.
Since this has been shown to be largely dependent upon the architectural design, as determined by the health of the parental germ cells and by the prenatal environment of the child, the program that is to be successful must begin early enough to obviate [to anticipate and prevent or eliminate] by effective measures these various disturbing forces.
The normal determining factors that are of hereditary origin may be interrupted in a given generation but need not become fixed characteristics in the future generations. This question of parental nutrition, accordingly, constitutes a fundamental determining factor in the health and physical perfection of the offspring.”
This means that if either parent has a “poor nutritional status” when a baby is conceived in the womb, the child will also have a poor nutritional status, which is one of the five primary causes of all failing health:
- Lack of the correct combination of nutrients that all humans need in order to be healthy.
- Lack of oxygen at a cellular level and/or the inability to utilize it.
- Accumulation of toxins, poisons, and natural waste products of the body because of an inability to detoxify normally.
- Lowered vitality (energy) due to stress, shock, injury, emotional upsets, losses, relationship or financial worries, being unhealthy, etc.
- Poor “Nutritional Status” acquired from parents upon conception, i.e. nutritional deficiencies and/or imbalances that damage the sperm and/ or egg (ovum).
Here’s what you as parents need to do to ensure your babies and children are getting the nutrition they need to grow and be healthy.
Breastfeeding is by far superior to bottle feeding because it is nature’s most perfect food for babies. Breast milk is designed by nature to provide all of the nutrients babies need.
The nutrients and other substances in mother’s milk can greatly affect the baby’s health, particularly the composition of the good fats in it, that are required by the baby during development.
Breast Milk Substitutes
Since some mothers cannot breastfeed their babies, it may become necessary to provide a suitable substitute until the baby is 6 months old. At 6 months of age babies can get all of the nutrients they needs from regular table foods, plus some supplements as listed below. Their first food should be egg yolks at 4 months of age but egg yolks can be given to newborns too.
Babies have been known to do very well on raw (unpasteurized) cow’s or goat’s milk. Goat’s milk is usually easier for babies to digest compared to cow’s milk.
Healthy Baby Formula
- 3.5 ounces of raw cow’s or goat’s milk 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- Cook ground up meats in coconut oil on low heat, or cook them in water, just until they are cooked to medium. Do not overcook meats since it binds the protein molecules closer together which makes them more difficult to digest.
- Vegetables should be well-cooked so their cell walls (fibers) are broken down and in order to release nutrients in them so they are available for digestion, which is when they can be easily mashed with a fork – see Raw Versus Cooked Carbs (Plant Foods). Note that green leafy vegetables take a very long time to cook properly, 50 minutes or more, so it is suggested you do not give them to babies until they are at least 2 years old.
- Put cooked foods into a blender or food processor, either separately or together as desired, with enough liquid so they will puree into a thick smooth baby–food-like consistency.
- Put pureed foods in small strong glass containers with lids, and either keep them in the refrigerator if they will be used up within a few days, or freeze them. Do not heat up any foods or liquids in the microwave since it damages food – see Microwaving & Irradiation Dangers.
- Cod Liver Oil: Around four months is a good time to start offering cod liver oil, which is an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA (which is very important for brain development), along with vitamins A and D. They can be given 1/2 teaspoon twice a day, and they can stay on that dose until they are 18 months old. Use an eye dropper to give it to them at first.
- Unrefined Coconut Oil: All babies can be started on unrefined coconut oil right from birth. It is important to start them on a low dose of coconut oil and gradually increase the amount. Newborns to 18 months old can be started on 1/8 teaspoon coconut oil twice a day and gradually increase it by adding an additional dose of 1/8 teaspoon up to a total of 2 teaspoons coconut oil per day, always given in divided doses along with breastfeeding or meals
- Butter Oil: Butter oil is available at Dr. Ron’s Ultra Pure and Green Pastures. Newborns to 8 months old can be started on 8 drops twice a day and gradually increased to 20 drops twice a day (40 drops = 1/4 teaspoon).
Preparation: Melt the butter and mix it with the egg yolk first and then add the milk. This recipe can be multiplied in order to make enough for one day and kept in the refrigerator, but you might also need to mix it well before giving it to your baby.
Diet for Babies
It important not to introduce solid foods to a baby too early, and to introduce the right kinds of foods. In an article at the Weston A. Price Foundation Jen Allbritton points out that: “a baby’s earliest solid foods should be mostly animal foods since his digestive system, like all humans, is equipped to supply enzymes for digesting fats and proteins rather than carbohydrates (plant foods).
Please do not follow any other recommendations by the Weston A. Price Foundation on foods to give babies. That is because they recommend bananas as the 2nd food to introduce after egg yolk, but bananas are extremely high in fructose, which is not healthy for anyone. They also recommend cereal (grains) be given to babies, however, all grains are very hard for anyone to digest even when they are properly soaked and prepared, particularly for babies and young children.
WAPF recommends adding meats, fruits, and vegetables when the baby is 10 months old. However, since animals meats and fats are so easily digested by Humans, babies included, they need to be introduced at 6 months old, which would include organ meats like liver. Also fruits should be extremely limited for babies and young children, the same as they should for adults even when they are healthy.
WAPF also recommends giving babies lacto-fermented root vegetables like taro because they claim it provides excellent carbohydrate foods for them. However carbohydrates are not essential foods for anyone, including babies – see Carb Facts, yet animals meats and fats ARE as proven by Dr. Price himself! That’s why he writes that the Eskimos and Masai tribe he studied were the healthiest groups of all, and they only consumed animals meats and fats and no carbs (plant foods)!
All babies will benefit by only having foods on Bee’s Candida Diet food list – see Candida Diet Food List.
How to Make Baby Foods
Always put extra butter on meats and vegetables after they are heated, so babies get the benefit of the fat, which also helps the body digest and pull nutrients from all foods. Also sprinkle a little good ocean sea salt on foods for babies.
Supplements for Babies
All babies benefit by taking supplements even if they are breastfed.
Diet & Supplements for Children (18 months to 12 years old)
Diet: Children 18 months and older can have the same Candida Diet Food List as outlined for adults in the article How to Successfully Overcome Candida.
Also see these Candida Diet lists. Children benefit a great deal by switching over their main food energy source from carbohydrates (plant foods) to natural fats like butter, coconut oil, lard, and other animal fats (goose fat, chicken fat, fish fat, etc.) but like adults they must start with small amounts that are gradually increased so their healing and detoxifying symptoms are not overwhelming.
Children love Bee’s Egg Drink for breakfast and it’s a great way to start them on butter and coconut oil because the amounts can be adjusted, i.e. 1 egg to 1/4 teaspoon each of coconut oil and butter, plus cinnamon and nutmeg to taste, with enough hot water to make 1 cup.
Cod liver oil and butter oil contain important nutrients for children. Dr. Weston A. Price gave school age children 1/2 teaspoon of high vitamin cod liver oil and 1/2 teaspoon of butter oil mixed together per day.
Coconut Oil: Children can take coconut oil along with the diet just like adults do. Start children with 1/2 teaspoon each of coconut oil and butter 2 times a day, and gradually increase the amount every 5 days by 1/4 teaspoon per day up to 1 1/2 tablespoon per day of coconut oil, and as much butter as they want (each tablespoon contains 3 teaspoons). Coconut oil can be rubbed into the skin and applied frequently to any rashes and other skin problems.
Supplements: Since it is difficult for small children to swallow pills some supplements need to be liquid or powder, i.e. Vitamin B Complex, Calcium/Magnesium and Vitamin C. Children are also given smaller quantities, depending upon their size, as noted below.
Supplement Doses for Children:
- 18 months to 7 years old, 1/3rd of an adult dose
- 7 to 12 years old, 1/2 of an adult dose
- over 12 years old, the same dose as adults take
For easy reference see adult doses listed on this Candida Supplements Chart.
- Vitamin C – Children can take ascorbic acid crystals mixed in water twice a day. It should always be taken with foods. It might taste better to them if it is mixed into Bee’s Electrolyte Drink (6 ounces of water, 1/4 teaspoon of ocean sea salt and 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice). However, always start with smaller amounts and gradually increase them so they do not get loose stools, which is called “bowel tolerance.” If you increase the amounts slowly enough they will not loose stools. Also Vitamin C might not always cause loose stools, since it is also a very common detoxifying symptom which one of the many ways the body gets rid of toxins.
- Vitamin B Complex – the best source for children is Nutritional Yeast “Flakes” (make sure it is the flakes, and not just nutritional yeast) – Brands include Frontier and Red Star. They can be mixed into foods, added to Bee’s Egg Drink, or mixed into soup, broths or water. Most children like the taste since it has a nutty flavor.
- Calcium/Magnesium – Many calcium/magnesium supplements contain a ratio of 2:1 calcium to magnesium, in which case a separate supplement of magnesium citrate is necessary to equal out the amounts. There may be liquid products available, but most contain fruits, sugar, or other flavorings that you don’t want in them. Tablets can easily be dissolved in warm water, or capsules can be dumped out to get the correct amount so they can be dissolved in water or added to foods. Powdered supplements can be mixed into a little mashed up pumpkin.
Vitamin E (natural source only). Natural source vitamin E is indicated by the small “d” in front of the different types of vitamin E, such as d-alpha-tocopherol. The synthetic version begins with “dl”, i.e. dl-alpha-tocopherol.
Children can take either 1/3rd or 1/2 of an adult dose, depending upon their age (above). If a child isn’t able to swallow the gel cap you can prick it with a pin and squeeze the oil into Bee’s Egg Drink, soup or other foods. Some children don’t mind chewing on softgel capsules to get the oil out of them.
- Electrolyte Drink – Children can have Bee’s Electrolyte Drink if they are able to tolerate lemons okay, but it is optional and isn’t necessary for health, however, ensure they are getting the correct amount of ocean sea salt per day sprinkled on foods.