Please help!!

Margaret - posted on 06/28/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




My little 7month is teething and has broken through her gums. She use to be such a happy outgoing baby but now she is more quiet and not as bubbly as she use to be. My husband says she is fine but I am a little worried about her. Any advice?

My second question is about DHA. I recently bought some baby food. It said in the on the back DHA(tuna oil). I called everyone I knew up and they said they thought it was ok but I just don't know.


Guggie - posted on 06/29/2009




DHA is very important but I am wary to give DD foods w/ the additive b/c most of the popular companies (Gerber, Nestle, Enfamil etc) use a derivative from algae mixed with the chemical called Hexane.

If you are nursing her, you can provide good levels of DHA/ARA by eating foods high in it. You can also order high quality flaxseed oil and use it to make yummy salad dressings or marinades. A 7 month old can eat flaxseed oil too. My recipe is to take one box of italian dressing seasoning and mix it w/ 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar and 1/2 cup flaxseed oil. I sprinkle it on her veggies and she loves it.

*DHA: omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are produced in laboratories and extracted from algae and fungus then put into infant formulas, juices and packaged foods. The report below presents disturbing research indicating that the new additives placed in infant formula are seriously endangering the health of some formula-fed newborns and toddlers. Algal-and fungal-based DHA/ARA have been linked to serious side effects such as virulent diarrhoea and vomiting in infants consuming infant formula.

April 15, 2008–The Cornucopia Institute filed a legal complaint with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today, demanding that the agency enforce the organic regulations prohibiting toxic solvents from being used in the production of organic food.

*DHA/ARA that has been extracted from laboratory-grown fermented algae and fungus and processed utilizing a toxic chemical, hexane. Here's a link to the full report:


In some cases the DHA oils are extracted from non-toxic algae and soil fungus using chemicals such as hexane, acid and bleach.

Hexane is a volatile liquid found in glue and gasoline. When inhaled in high volumes it can cause nausea, euphoria, headaches and nerve damage. You can read more about the hexane process and formula supplementation by downloading a report at the Cornucopia Institute.


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Charlie - posted on 06/29/2009




DHA is incredibly important for brain development it contains omega 3's , as for teething does panadol / tylenol help ? its usually last resort for me but bubba always feels better after that im not sure where you are from but we have Bonjela as well its a gum soothing gel applied to the dummy ( pacifier) or directly to the gums , or wet wash clothes stored in the fridge are great to chew on hope that helps :)

Guggie - posted on 06/29/2009




Oh and for the teething I recommend trying Hyland's teething tablets or straight chammomila. They really helped DD when she was teething.

Michelle - posted on 06/29/2009




im not too sure on how to help with the teething issue but as for DHA, it is VERY important for brain growth. DHA is the major component of brain tissue. Babies with high levels of DHA have advanced attention spans. it also decreases the risk of the baby developing breast cancer later in life, it decreases the risk of the child getting asthma by 80%. i hope that will help ya out a bit.

Jen - posted on 06/29/2009




My son is 7 months old & has 8 teeth already. What worked best for him was baby orajel (even though he hated the taste & fights getting it on his gums still). Within 30 seconds, he was makes happy sounds or 'words' after crying from pain. Also, teething rings didn't work as well as just a cold wet baby wash cloth. Just ring it out well & let her go to town chewing on it. Good luck!

Chasidi - posted on 06/28/2009




DHA is a wonderful thing to provide for your baby. It is found naturally in breastmilk and helps with brain development. It was added to some baby formulas about 7 years ago and just recently been added to most formuals and baby foods/cereals. DHA and ARA are nutrients that are found in breastmilk so they are adding them to formulas, foods and cereals now to improve visual (ARA) and mental (DHA) development.

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