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What's Eating Your Child?: The Hidden Connection Between Food and Childhood Ailments: Anxiety, Recurrent Ear Infections, Stomachaches, Picky Eating, Rashes, ADHD, and More. And What Every Parent Can Do about It.

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Why treat your child with drugs when you can cure your child with nutrition? Grounded in cutting-edge science and filled with case studies that read like medical thrillers, this is a book for every parent whose child suffers from mood swings, stomachaches, ear infections, eczema, anxiety, tantrums, ADD/ADHD, picky eating, asthma, lack of growth, and a host of other physica ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published April 28th 2011 by Workman Publishing
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Mar 01, 2012 Penelope rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The author, an accomplished and experienced nutritionist, postulates that food can effect our bodies in profound physical and psychological ways. Her arguments and research are compelling, if at times anecdotal, but I did not like the structure of the book, making it difficult to skim through to glean suggestions pertinent to my children. If you are ready to read this book cover to cover, you'll find it helpful. If you are looking for a book that is easy to reference certain behaviors or health ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Teeni rated it it was amazing
Fantastically readable, with real-life examples and real solutions. My only wish is that she would have been more explicit recommending actual brands (or maybe making them available on a website? I'm sure they can change without notice in quality and content) of supplements she recommends. This should be required reading for pediatricians and gp's, as well as parents!
Aug 22, 2011 Jeniann rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
This book is by a pediatric allergist/nutritionist who talks about issues that many children face, such as acid reflux, picky eating, ADHD, speech difficulties, being prone to high anxiety and worrying, frequent stomachaches, allergies, eczema, ear infections, poor growth, but really are preventable conditions that can be greatly helped nutritionally. The book is a series of case studies of children with different difficulties and how she was able to help them through proper nutrition.
One of th
Feb 25, 2012 Cyndi rated it really liked it
I may revise the 4 stars to 5 after trying out some of the recommended vitamins and minerals. I read this because my daughter has had battles with constipation since she was just over a year old, has taken allergy medication daily since she was almost 3, asthma medication (preventative and rescue) on and off since she was 4, constantly has a runny nose, and last year nearly got tubes in her ears due to recurrent ear infections - she's almost 8, so it seems like she would be too old for that sort ...more
Oct 12, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing
I was completely blown away by this well-researched and well-articulated book. The purpose of this book is to help one to understand that many childhood ailments or illnesses can be eased or completely eliminated with a proper diet that is customed to YOUR CHILD'S bio-individuality. I read it because my sister-in-law recommended it and I've been more and more interested in healthy eating lifestyles and the connection between food and bio-individuality; especially since we learned of my daughter' ...more
Jul 14, 2013 AnandaTashie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fic, 2013
"... you have enormous influence over the raw materials going into the biochemical soup that is your unique and wonderful child."

This is a decent starter book if you're just learning about nutrition & starting the path toward investigating food sensitivities. If you've read others, then it's not quite so ground-breaking.

The first part of the book covers the basics - the importance of nutrition, how to do the detective work necessary, and her approach to helping picky eaters. The other secti
Jan 27, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Wow, this is one fabulous book. First, just let me say that every child is different and you can take out of it what you need and leave what you don't. But it all makes sense. Kelly Dorfman focuses on nutritional solutions to children's ailments: constant ear infections, tummy trouble, crazy mood swings and behavior, even picky eating...among many others. (YES, there really IS a reason your kid is a picky eater! A deficiency of zinc can make food literally smell and taste repellant. VERY interes ...more
Darcy Williams
Mar 25, 2013 Darcy Williams rated it it was amazing
I found this book extremely helpful when our youngest child would go from speaking clearly to not understandable from day to day and I couldn't figure out what was going on.
Our pediatrician had told us 'kids develop at different rates' and though I trusted her (we have 3 older children as well) I knew that it was not a developmental issue when one day she would sound completely fine. A child doesn't learn to speak clearly and then regress completely every other day or a week at a time.

This book,
Jun 29, 2012 Nupur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My two favorite things about this book:
1. It is written without judgement in a sensible tone with practical advice.
2. It is highly readable, presented in the form of case studies where the readers get to play along as "nutrition detectives". It is not every day that a book on this subject is such a page-turner.

Some interesting concepts that I took away from this book:
1. Nutrition problems fall into two categories: either something that the child is eating is bothering the body, or the child is n
Aug 22, 2012 Rochelle rated it really liked it
Someone referred me to this book by saying their sister had really good luck with changing their diet around and the behaviors that improved due to it. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember the title and typing in "Eating Our Children" surprisingly didn't have any results!!

Some of this book was like "eat this food and all of your child's problems will magically disappear." Of course, at som
Aug 29, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of those books that should be handed to every parent when a child is born.

I wouldn't bother reading it right away, but as your kids start eating solids, or have any reactions to foods that can't be pinpointed, this book can be a life-saver. It is very validating, when you are dismissed by physicians, or if you have been handed a prescription to deal with a child's ailment....
I didn't even know how much this book would alter my life...but it explained SO MUCH that I couldn't articula
Maria Rickert
Feb 20, 2014 Maria Rickert rated it it was amazing
Kelly Dorfman’s classic book, “What’s Eating Your Child?” (now called “Cure Your Child with Food”) is a must-read for parents of children with any kind of digestive, neurological or behavioral issue.

She teaches you, as a parent, to think as a “nutrition detective”, to figure out if there’s something in your child’s diet that is causing ear infections, tummy aches, rashes, constipation, acid reflux, insomnia or even picky eating.

Sign up here for a replay of my interview of her: https://xn123.inf
Mar 10, 2013 Daina rated it it was amazing
Absolute must read for any parent or caregiver, and maybe for all Americans. The typical American diet is making us sick - both physically and mentally. The book gives concrete examples of children with various health issues, and how those issues were completely resolved (in most cases) or greatly improved (in a couple of instances) by the author's suggestions on dietary changes.

I was in my mid 30s before I realized that my body just did not like gluten and dairy. I changed my diet drastically,
Feb 26, 2014 Ci rated it did not like it
I picked up this book to see if it can shed some light on children's eating habit. Given what we know about the eating habit and long-term health consequences observed in adults, I am curious to see if this book would give a systemic explanation of how eating habits are formed, and how such habits can be relevant for behavior and health consequences. But this is not such a book. It is based on anecdotes and relatively thin research. Much of of the suggestions are common sense. The danger to read ...more
This book had some new information that I had not previously read, but overall it was not as complete as I thought it would be. It gave examples using the same tricks and tips over and over again. In summary: If your child has any sort of ailment, try an elimination diet. Start with dairy, gluten, soy, and eggs. Also, add supplements of fish oil, zinc, probiotics, and/or magnesium as necessary for the specific ailment. If that still doesn't work, cut out all non-organic and GMO foods.

There. I s
I got this book as a GoodReads First Reads Giveaway and I am very glad to be so lucky. I did struggle some with all the details but I am sure that the problem is with my reading skills not with the author's writing. It took me a little while to finish reading all the chapters but I did learn many things that I am planning to try. I too have a picky eater in the house and I have gotten tired of catering to his food wants but his dad wants to make sure he eats. This way we both win without fightin ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the format of this book. You have a little introductory material at the beginning, and then real stories about real kids and their families. As a parent, I identified with this. I loved the down to earth explanations about how diet and nutrition can play a part in seemingly unrelated health issues. Upon researching some of these things further I found that Kelly Dorfman was spot on. As a person diagnosed with Celiac Disease, who suspects Gluten Intolerance in some of my children, I was g ...more
Aug 16, 2011 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting, food
I thought this book was helpful in giving nutritional solutions to problems that pediatricians seem to write off as "normal" (such as ear infections, eczema, constipation...). This is more in line with my thinking than the common practice of prescribe rather than prevent. The chapters were all case studies on different ailments and several of them had the same solution: remove milk products, which seemed a little redundant but then, maybe that is a much more common problem that we think. Another ...more
Jul 26, 2013 Cristina rated it it was amazing
Recommended to me by a close friend who used to work as an Occupational Therapist in my classroom, this is one of the most easy to read and interesting books about nutrition that I have encountered. The book is written by a child nutritionist and each chapter is written as a vignette with a mystery to solve. Deeper and more specific information is included in boxes to the side which help to keep the stories moving but give you more information on the topics that relate most to you. This book lea ...more
Jan 07, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
This book was fascinating in its case studies of children with various physical and emotional problems resolves through some intelligent application of nutritional knowledge. I enjoyed the information and way it was presented in the form of a series of case studies. My only criticism is that the information is fairly limited to the few children she discusses. If you have child with very similar symptoms (and you may for many are common) then you may get some good ideas of how to deal with the is ...more
Jan 09, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
this book has single-handedly revolutionized the way i am trying to feed my family. i LOVED this book. i initially checked it out of the library to read, but after finishing it and realizing what a fantastic resource it it, i headed straight to amazon and bought it.

the book is arranged in chapters based on different ailments/issues and presents case studies with real life examples of how they were treated or fixed using nutrition. reading the book helped confirm to me my gut feeling that a lot
Brenda Knight
Jun 18, 2011 Brenda Knight rated it it was amazing
I won a free copy of this book from a giveaway. I absolutely love this book! I have already come across vital information to help my grandchildren! Especially my granddaughter. My son and daughter-in-law have reviewed the material and have started implementing the course of action recommended for her issue of most concern. We have every confidence this book holds the answers we have been seeking. If your pediatrician is at a loss for your areas of concern regaring your child, I hig ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Tina rated it it was amazing
Not only did give me great ideas for how to encourage my two year old to try new foods, but I realized that the soy milk that I was giving to him for his lactose sensitivity didn't have enough protein or fat for a growing child(there's a great recipe that includes rice or almond milk, a rice protein powder and coconut milk).
I also figured out that my husband was gluten intolerant (at first it was just a suspicion, but confirmed it through an elimination trial.) This was after he went to the doct
Jun 25, 2011 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an intriguing read. The author covers many different health issues and how they can be treated with nutrition or supplements. She doesn't make false promises that any one suggestion is going to be a miracle cure or work for every child, but it does give parents lots of options for helping their children. It was an interesting and easy read. Some of the suggestions would warrant further research before implementing, but it is pretty clear which ones those are. I think this information co ...more
Jul 21, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
I found this interesting and very helpful as a jumping off point to research whatever in particular is troubling your child. There were links I hadn't seen connected before and some that I had. Both were clearly and briefly outlined for the general reader/parent. I already believe in the link between nutrition and behavior/health, but I think if you are not yet converted it will still appeal.

If you are interested in it, peruse the table of contents and you will know if it deals with an issue wit
Feb 18, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
This is an intelligently written book. The stories are easy to follow and I wanted to continue reading to find out the source of the child's troubles. I learned so much! It is so important to make sure we are getting enough of our daily vitamins and minerals. Sometimes, as parents, we forget that eating is about helping a child develop normally not just filling their stomachs. I am so glad I read this book. I highly recommend it for any parent.

See my full review at http://bwtlightreading.blogspo
Jul 02, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is giving me a lot to think about. The relationship between food and behavior/well-being should be obvious to most, but it's passed over as people continue to prefer diagnosis and medication. I've been wondering if my 1 year old has a dairy intolerance for awhile now and reading the book has given me the courage to try dairy free for him to see if it makes a difference. Also has cases for ADHD, anxiety, sleep problems, etc., but the author is the first to admit that every case is different ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Genet rated it it was amazing
I read this book looking for answers to P's constant runny nose and chronic ear infections. I ended up thinking about all of my children at different points in the book. While I think the author chooses some "less-than-typical" children to illustrate her theories, the information is fascinating. There is so much to learn about nutrition and food and how it effects our bodies, physically and mentally. I would highly recommend this book to all parents.
Jan 05, 2013 N. rated it really liked it
This is an important read for any parent. I learned so much about the links between vitamin/mineral deficiencies and behavioral/physical problems. I was actually able to discover the cause of two of my boys' issues that the Doctors continually dismissed. It's a bit difficult to use as a reference book simply because of the way the book is laid out. In order to glean all the important details, I would recommend a cover-to-cover read.
Jun 16, 2011 Carrie rated it liked it
This book was insightful. It discusses many of the childhood we as parents experience from time to time. It refers to some solutions that you may have heard of previously, but also gives the link to foods that we/children eat and it's affect on behaviors/ illness. The book is organized such that you can simply read the chapter relating to your concern, or read the whole book for a lot of insights.
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Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND, is a nutritionist who specializes in working with children. She has served, by governor appointment, on the Maryland Board of Dietetic Practice, has consulted for WebMD, and has been a go-to authority on nutrition for The Washington Post. She is a sought-after lecturer who speaks around the country, and lives just outside of Washington, D.C. "
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