And by that I mean: supplements.
Recently a new mom to a baby with DS wrote me and was wondering if the thoughts I shared in my book about supplements, such as Nutrivene-D and others, were the same.
A lot of things have happened since I first was thinking about the subject of supplements, when Avery was just a baby. Some things had me leaning toward trying it; others had me shying away from the idea. The most recent example is Avery’s heart surgery. On the one hand, I believe he came through it so well and recovered so quickly because he was strong and in good health. To date, we have not given Avery anything more than a children’s multivitamin. If he hadn’t been healthy, I’m sure I would be looking for ways to boost his immune system, and that might include a special vitamin regimen.
But on the other hand, there is the fact of the surgery itself. I was glad Avery’s system was clear, and that there was no risk of any complications from any megadoses of vitamins or any herbal supplements that needed to be accounted for. In this instance, it was one less thing to worry about.
I think the decision of what to feed and how to feed your baby is a very personal one–and I continue to think of supplements as a corollary to feeding choices.
I also want to remember not just the trisomy, but the other 46 chromosomes in each baby, which makes our children similar, but also very unique. So there might not be a one-size-fits all answer, here.
I hope other parents will share their thoughts and experiences in the comments? It’s been a while since I’ve done much research, and I’m not as up-to-date as I’d like to be. Because this is a topic where parents are really on the front lines, I want to ask you all, the best experts: what advice would you give new parents about supplements?