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Kids Health & Nutrition

Kids have important nutritional considerations too, especially with the junk food made primarily for them today. Kids get injured just like adults and have pains and issues too, particularly with digestion and immune function. Check out the injury section under the Fitness page to learn about common childhood injuries. Dr. Gangemi treats many kids, from very young babies to teenagers. Treating kids who can’t perform neurological manual muscle testing, (usually kids under the age of 6 and children with developmental delays), require special testing procedures to be implemented. Parents with kids in this category must click on and read the Frequently Asked Questions packet prior to scheduling an appointment.


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  1. mery anderson permalink

    Can you give me information about walking on your tippy-toes? I have a grandaughter who is 8 years old, and have been walking all her life on her toes. She was taken to a doctor when she was 5, but nothing has changed. Does this habit ever go away, and much is she going to be affected as she gets older. Thank you for your response, I am very worried.

    • Tippy toes could be from muscle imbalances in the lower leg/calf/pelvis area or from some sensory-motor problem (kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders often walk tippy toe). If you don’t suspect ASD since it’s been 3 years, then most likely a muscular issue. It may go away, but other problems can result – such as ankle, knee, back problems so you should have her checked out by a qualified chiropractor or like-minded holistic therapist who works with kids and musculoskeletal issues. She’s barefoot (almost) all the time I hope!

  2. laura permalink

    i have a 3 year old daughter and im concerd evrytime she falls asleep she stars to twitch her body and gets really sweaty

    • There is something stressing your little girl out. Food allergy perhaps? If she’s eating non-natural foods (artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, MSG, etc.) that could do it too. Medications if she’s on any. Bad fats – vege oils or trans fats can cause it too. Finally could be a mineral deficiency.

  3. miss permalink

    What about with 1.5 year old with temper tantrums, sweaty underarm odor and what supplements are best for kids immune health overall. BY the way we live in South Florida. THANKS
    Oh and I forgot to mention constant complaint of knee pain – is that growing pains? What should I be aware of ?

    • Typically those symptoms are from too many bad fats (vege oils and trans fats), sugar, and preservatives. Can also be from mineral imbalances. I cannot give specific nutrient advice on-line, sorry. :)

  4. miss permalink

    what kids vitamins or book on kids health do you recommend? are there any specific must have minerals or vitmins for a two year old? what type of magnesium is best for kids? thanks in advance

    • I only recommend supplements on an individual basis – I don’t think that someone, adult or child, should just take a supplement because they think or read that something is good for them. More on that here:
      The only exception I’d make here is fish oil and truly whole food supplements – freeze dried fruits/veges.

  5. Missa permalink

    We are gluten free, and milk free, though we do have yogurt and cheese. We eat a lot of veggies, fruit, and nuts. Our grains are quinoa, GF oats, and rice. We do not consume a lot of “snack” items, baked goods or bread substitutes. My question is: my son (3) and daughter (2) seem to get pot bellied from time to time and I can’t put my finger on whether or not its something they’ve eaten. They’re both very active and seem to be made of solid, stocky, well balanced jumping muscles! ;) Today they look especially pot bellied to me… just wondering if you have any wisdom on this phenomenon in toddlers.

    • Yes, that’s usually a yeast/fungus problem in the gut or a food sensitivity. If they’ve been on antibiotics then you could consider a gut fungus (dysbiosis) and that’s feeding off carbs when they eat them. The treatment there would be to reduce/eliminate all starches, including quinoa, and all those snack items. Even if they haven’t been on meds like that they could still be fueling something with the carbs. If not that then consider a food sensitivity. Remove the yogurt and soft cheese – maybe lactose intolerance.

  6. sarah permalink

    i found this site very informative, would like to ask some questions concerning my kids.

  7. Teresa permalink

    My son has been nonstop itching since 2010! He is 3 yrs old and has eczema. We discovered he had allergies and is intolerant to many foods. We’ve eliminated all those foods (sugars, gluten, dairy…). He also had reactions to his Vaccines (giving him vaccines was the biggest mistake of my life along with my now removed amalgam filings). This is what recently started doing:
    1. Removed all allergens
    2. Low carb barely sugar
    3. Pro-Biotics Plus
    4. Ultra-Enzyme Support
    5. Zeolite (for detox)
    6. Biocidin
    7. Aquaphor

    -Is there a test he can have so we can see whats going on with his gut?
    -Should we be adding or taking away from what we are doing?
    -Also, I don’t think he has as much energy as a 3 year old should have.

    We would do anything to help him. Can you please point us in some direction? Thanks

    • Sorry I cannot give individualized advice on-line. Best to find a holistic doc who works in this area if you’re unable to see me or consult with me.

  8. Michele permalink

    My 11 year old son started having extreme foot pain about 5 months ago in his left foot. He has played basketball seasonally for the past 6 years. He plays almost year round now. The pain in his foot would be so bad he could hardly walk after a game. The orthopeodist took an x-ray and said he has tarsal coalition in his left foot. He also said his left foot is very rigid; cannot turn side to side. He was on a walking cast for 4 weeks and then “no running or jumping” for 2 more weeks. The rest made his pain go away. Once the cast came off, orthotics were made for him to wear. He has been wearing the orthotics daily, but does not wear them at ball practice/games; mostly this is because we can’t find any shoes that the orthotics will fit in except for the ones he wears daily. Which I’m not sure the orthotics will help, I just want to do what I can to keep the pain from returning. The ortho said if his foot starts hurting again, he will recommend surgery to separate the bones. I won’t agree to this (I have read bad reviews about having this surgery done) but I want my son to be able to run and play basketball. He has been playing ball for two weeks now and his foot pain is returning. It hasn’t got as bad as it was, but I’m afraid it will. Please give me your opinion.

    • I’d really need to see him to give the best advice (or you should consult a local holistic doc or podiatrist who does not practice solely conventional medicine). But my opinion, if it were my child, would be to get as much motion into the foot as possible despite some permanent fusion in those bones. Our bodies are amazing at adapting, especially in a child. I sure would not support an issue like this.

  9. Beth permalink

    I just moved to the area. I have always seen a DC that practices AK and since moving in May, I have not. I also have brought my kids since they were born, however, recently I have noticed that my son is again standing pigeon-toed and when he runs, his legs kick outward. Is this something that I should look further into or will he grow out of it? Is this something you work with?

    • I think you should as not everybody outgrows. And yes I do work with those types of conditions.

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