#313 - Parenting at Your Child's Pace: The Integrative Pediatrician’s Guide to the First Three Years

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC June 18, 2024

#313 - Parenting at Your Child's Pace: The Integrative Pediatrician’s Guide to the First Three Years

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Parenting at Your Child's Pace: The Integrative Pediatrician’s Guide to the First Three Years

Joel Warsh, MD, is a Board-Certified Pediatrician in Los Angeles, California, specializing in Parenting, Wellness, and Integrative Medicine. He grew up in Toronto, Canada, and completed degrees in Kinesiology, Psychology, Epidemiology, and Community Health before earning his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College. He completed his Pediatric Medicine training at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) and worked in private practice in Beverly Hills before founding his current practice, Integrative Pediatrics and Medicine in Studio City, in 2018.

Dr. Gator has published research in several peer-reviewed journals on topics including childhood injuries, obesity and physical activity. He has been featured in numerous documentaries, films, summits, podcasts and articles including CBS, Fox, LA Parent, MindBodyGreen, and many others. He is also the founder of the supplement line Tiny Roots Apothecary, the Parenting Masterclass Series Raising Amazing which can be found at RaisingAmazingPlus.com

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Parenting At Your Child's Pace: The Integrative Pediatrician's Guide To The First Three Years

Dr. Joel Warsh is an award-winning, board-certified pediatrician specializing in integrative medicine and parenting in Los Angeles, California. He completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and practices privately in California. 

With numerous research publications in peer-reviewed medical journals, Dr. Joel Warsh has now compiled his expertise into a valuable resource for parents. His book, Parenting at Your Child's Pace: The Integrative Pediatrician's Guide to the First Three Years, will launch in August 2024. 

Diving Into Integrative Pediatrics

Integrative pediatrics offers a well-rounded approach, combining traditional Western medicine with complementary practices like supplements, acupuncture, and herbal treatments. The aim is to optimize children's health by leveraging the strengths of both approaches. 

Focusing on preventive care and addressing the child's overall well-being, this approach goes beyond just treating symptoms to consider the underlying factors. It's an exciting way to support children's health, promote holistic wellness, and offer a diverse range of effective treatments.

The Importance Of Preventive Care

Research has found that nearly 50% of children have a chronic disease, and about the same percentage of teenagers are diagnosed with a mental health condition by age 18. Focusing on children's health basics - stress, environment, exercise, diet, and sleep (SEEDS) - can effectively prevent and manage chronic conditions like eczema, allergies, autoimmune disorders, and mental health concerns.

Improving Future Health Outcomes

Dr. Joel Warsh is passionate about the positive impact of small changes on our health. An enlightening Harvard study compared BPA levels in canned soup to homemade soup, and results showed that participants who consumed canned soup had BPA levels a thousand percent higher than those enjoying homemade soup in just five days. 

The results underscore how small choices, such as cooking soup at home with high-quality ingredients, can significantly impact long-term health. Making mindful decisions about food and minimizing exposure to toxins can help prevent the accumulation of harmful effects on the body, leading to better overall health in the long run.

Taking A Natural Approach To Detox

Dr. Joel Warsh recommends detoxifying your body by making these simple daily changes:

  • Reading labels and avoiding products with long, unfamiliar chemical names. 
  • Increase physical activity and drink plenty of water. 
  • Consume fiber to support healthy digestion and help the body eliminate toxins through sweating, urination, and bowel movements.
  • Walking after dinner can help them digest their food better.

Concerns About Modern Medicine

Dr. Joel Warsh advocates for more open and constructive discussions within the medical community and media. He firmly believes fostering a thoughtful dialogue culture could lead to positive changes, especially in understanding critical developmental stages. 

We can make significant strides in supporting children's development and ensuring a brighter future with proactive and informed approaches. It's essential to listen to different opinions and have constructive debates. 

Dr. Warsh's Final Thought

The modern era offers parents and therapists a wealth of resources and information, presenting opportunities and challenges. Although navigating this sea of knowledge can seem daunting, it's important to remember that your instincts and understanding play a crucial role in parenting. 

Trusting in yourself and acknowledging that you are more knowledgeable and capable than you might initially believe is critical to navigating the complexities of parenthood and fostering a nurturing environment for your child.

 

 

 

 

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Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC
Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC

Rachel Harrington, COTA/l, AC, CPRCS, and Jessica Hill, COTA/L, CPRCS are Harkla's in-house Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) and Certified Primitive Reflex Clinical Specialists. They have been working with children for over 6 years in outpatient settings. They specialize in creating easy-to-digest, actionable content that families can use to help their child's progress at home. Jessica and Rachel are the in-house experts, content creators, and podcast hosts at Harkla! To learn more about Jessica and Rachel, visit the Harkla About Us Page. Make sure to listen to their weekly podcast, All Things Sensory by Harkla for actionable, fun advice on child development.


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