Sugar Bug! The mysterious vein on your child’s nose

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As divine intervention would have it, last night I stumbled upon an article that has the potential to help me understand my four-year old daughter better – an article I wish I’d been able to read when she was a baby.

Here’s our back story: as a baby my daughter was happy, smiling constantly and crying infrequently, although admittedly she was a very light sleeper.

I don’t remember exactly when things changed, but I do remember that by the time she was a year and a half old she was, for lack of better words, troubled. Frequently at night she awoke in uncontrollable screams and angry shrieks that left her dad and I feeling helpless and confused. By day she was hyperactive and very reactive, always quick to lose her temper and shriek in an aggressive and irrational manner that generally could be indicative of explosive or negligent parenting behind the scenes, which was not the case at all.

Well apparently my daughter was born with a Kanmushi, as it is referred to in Chinese medicine, otherwise known as a Sugar Bug, which is indicated by the bright blue vein exposed on the bridge of her nose.

A what?! I know, it’s a first for me too.

At her birth, my very knowledgable lay midwife said that blue spot was probably a bruise from the birth canal and that it would fade and disappear. Obviously I soon realized it wasn’t going away, and I have since always considered it normal. However, two days ago at a check up I found it odd that her doctor asked if it was a bruise; naturopathic doctors are extremely knowledgable and aware of the odds and ends of the human body.

So I say divine intervention because how funny that just two days later while scrolling through The Holistic Squid for some late night reading I see a picture that says, “Is your baby’s blue vein a sugar bug?”

I was so surprised, I felt like the article was written about my daughter!

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What exactly is a Sugar Bug?

A blue vein visible on the bridge of a baby’s nose is called a “Sugar Bug”, or Kanmushi. In Chinese medicine it is known that this vein indicates that the child will be very sensitive to sugar. It is considered a “curvy road sign”, that forewarns parents to proceed into the future with caution in order to prevent physical and emotional/behavioral problems from manifesting as the child ages.

What makes the Sugar Bug child different from any other child?

As indicated, the Sugar Bug will be sensitive to sugar, and it is likely highly addictive for him/her, so the parent should avoid giving too many sweet treats, including fruit. Sugar Bugs are deficient in essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins ( as was my daughter, so much so that she has had dental problems ), among other nutrients, and will need a nutrient dense diet and quality probiotic to thrive.

The Sugar Bug has problems sleeping at night, has difficulty with focus, tends toward a trademark “shriek” and screaming, and is prone to being labeled with ADD and ADHD. For emotional health and to avoid behavioral roadblocks, the Sugar Bug will require continuous rhythm, structure and schedule in his/her daily life.

What causes a Sugar Bug?

It is not known exactly what causes a sugar bug, but the author theorizes that in short it stems from a maternal lack of nutrition, balance and good gut flora at the time of Sugar Bug’s birth.

So wow, I feel like I’ve let my daughter down, and in addition I’m frustrated that as a holistic practitioner I’ve never heard of this “Sugar Bug” business!

Truth be told, until this last year or so, I’ve wasted a lot of time being rather unorganized and unscheduled in my parenting, lacking a natural knack for routine myself, and I know it’s affected my daughter. I know we could have avoided a lot of trouble, frustration and worry had I known about the Sugar Bug sooner, or perhaps had I just been a more organized person.

Parenthood guilt never ceases, does it?

There is an upside!

I subsequently searched the internet, finding that apart from motherhood forums and the aforementioned article, nothing is out there on Kanmushi.

The upside is that the advice given for the Sugar Bug is the same exact advice that can benefit EVERY parent and child! Every child deserves as nutrient dense a diet as can be afforded, and as much structure and routine as can be provided.

If you’re reading this and your baby has the telltale blue vein on the bridge of her nose, you have an opportunity to be prepared with understanding for your child during the restless nights and irrational shrieks. Or perhaps you become so prepared and proactive that you avoid these experiences altogether.

My search for information on the Sugar Bug is far from over, so stay tuned. Please comment your experiences if you have a Sugar Bug too!

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Keep that baby asleep! 3 natural tips to more rest

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The movies always portray the same scene of that exhausted new mom desperate for reprieve after the birth of her new baby; she is carefully disheveled, as only movie stars are, and would leave her baby with just about anyone for an hour or two of shut-eye.

This is a fairly accurate depiction of real life for many new moms, but what if I told you it didn’t have to be?

One of the many things that Dr. Weston A. Price, “The Charles Darwin of Nutrition”, learned during his experiences with traditional culture was that primitive people’s ( people living traditionally off the beaten path ) babies never cried.

Never?

Never. When I heard that I just KNEW I had to dig deeper and learn all I could from these primitive women whose wisdom apparently surpassed most modern-day parenting advice.

I was determined to have a relaxed baby that slept through the night this time around, without any stress, and you know what? I achieved just that! From Kai’s third night earthside he has slept peacefully through the night, and I’ll share with you the 3 things that I believe can make all the difference:

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#1) Eat Fat!

Don’t let anyone tell you that what you eat doesn’t make or break your milk! If you are what you eat, then your breast milk certainly is as well.

For example, if I eat foods that are high in sugar or low in nutrition before our nighttime “nursy num-num”, Baby Kai sleeps lightly and is sometimes even cranky – not typical behavior for him at all. Conversely on the days and nights that I eat nutritionally dense high fat meals, he almost always sleeps for a full uninterrupted 8 – 9 hours at night.

Keeping your milk-fat content high will keep Baby full, nutritionally satisfied and primed for a good long sleep. Remember, a crying baby is often a hungry baby.

*Note that trans ( bad ) fats, or hydrogenated oils, actually decrease the fat content in your milk*

kai eggs martin#2) Limit Baby’s screen time! 

As a matter of fact, research supports a parents decision to give baby no screen time, television or other, before two years of age for developmental reasons. Specifically in relationship to sleep however, the brightness of electronic screens such as smart phones and iPads are relative to that of the noon-day sun. You can see how this can be confusing for a new little earthling!

Exposure to this kind of unnatural lighting at strange times of the day, particularly in the evening hours, will mess with Baby’s natural circadian rhythm and his ability to sleep through the night.

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#3) Skip sleep training!

Sleep training is unnatural and creates feelings of insecurity, isolation and abandonment, as Baby does not yet possess the ability to self-soothe.

When baby is left to “cry it out”, the eventual silence that ensues is no more than a survival instinct to protect an abandoned baby from discovery by a predator.

For obvious reasons if you are raising children naturally you probably don’t want to employ a traumatic last resort survival instinct as an early sleep strategy. The fact is the baby lulled to sleep in a state that is natural and comfortable to humans will sleep sounder and longer than the baby who cried himself to sleep in the dark alone. 

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Don’t take my word for it! Eat really well, skip screens, love on that baby and see what happens!

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The children that should have been aborted

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The following was my response to a very popular pro-choice female blogger and Planned Parenthood supporter claiming that she had seen too many foster children who should have been aborted. I believe her exact words were, “I’ve seen foster kids who have gone from home to home, and whatever, and their quality of life was just not that great and it was never going to get better.” The implication was clear in the text; they really would be better off had they been aborted.

To a certain extent, this is true. We can’t save babies. Mothers and babies are a package deal, and it’s the mothers that need to be protected. At the end of an abortion, the baby will find peace. The mother will still be left to deal with the physical, emotional and spiritual damage that is not talked about in our culture.

My response gained a lot of attention in her comment section, triggering hate as well as praise, so here again I’ll share it with you: AbortionHurtsWomen-1   How heartbreaking it is, just how arrogant we have become to believe that we can know who should have died and who logically should live. We have forgotten that the act of sex is designed for procreation, and so when a baby pops up “out of the blue” and surprises us, of course we must then ‘choose’. It is in this way that babies are rendered the enemy of sex, and just as we must in every war, we dehumanize the enemy to make ourselves feel justified in our killings.

When I “fell pregnant” ( I’ve literally heard that term used with sincerity ) in a dark time during my late teens, I was, and am forever so grateful to have already seen the suffering of women who had been lied to before me. I knew that in my womb was nothing less than a beautiful baby with a soul and a heartbeat.

Why else would other women spend their lives grieving the loss of “a mass of cells and tissue”? Why would the birth of their next child be both a joyous time and a heart aching reminder of what was snuffed out years earlier? 180-movie If you haven’t seen the movie 180, well…I won’t recommend you watch it because I know you won’t. I often think of one powerful clip of real footage in which a group of German townsfolk take a stroll down to their local concentration camp after seeing a billow of smoke rising above it. Upon entering the furnace their faces are happy and carefree. Upon leaving they are in tears and no less than horror-struck.

We can be told someone is not human enough times that we eventually can believe it’s true. But to see, firsthand, bodies burning – if you could see a baby thrown in the trash can after having it’s brain vacuumed out, if you could see a baby have its precious limbs removed or be burned in acid – it might break you of the lies you cling to. Best quote from October Baby by an office assistant – “I saw him lying there, shaking on the table, and I didn’t see no mass of cells, I saw the face of a child…” 23-week-fetus-abortion-i0   To be clear, I do not believe abortion will ever be stopped. But my wish for every woman who faces unplanned pregnancy is that the lies and secrecy around abortion would end. I wish for them that we might brave the truth, and speak it. I wish they could be told what their baby looks like before seeing him or her hauled to the trash can, because that image will haunt them until death. It’s not fair.

Let’s speak the truth about fetal development, and then let who still wishes abort. Let’s give women the opportunity to make informed choices, and let’s stop allowing ourselves and teaching our daughters to become mere pawns for political gain by those who will never know the pain we might face. 50997447234febdcb28a9d194cdb226e We cannot escape the physical and emotional laws of cause and effect. A child may be killed but it doesn’t mean they never existed; they’re just dead, and a world of unspoken hurt has been created for a new mother.