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🔵 Dr. Bill Sears on How to Raise a Smarter Baby - #4



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hi I'm Kelly Thomas welcome to and genius baby every week on interview

leading expert to help you help your child reach their full potential so that

your child can become all that they are born to be today we're here with dr.

William Sears an American pediatrician and best-selling author of more than 40

books and countless articles on nutrition and parenting he's been a

frequent guest on more than a hundred television shows such as Good Morning

America CNN Oprah he's the medical and parenting

consultant for baby talk and parenting magazine and the pediatrician on the

website parenting calm doctor steroids welcome thank you for being here Thank

You Kelly it's an honor to be with you yes so you have written so many books I

think almost every mom in America is familiar with at least one of them so

there are any particular stage of development that you think is more

important or more impactful than the others well I think it's really a birth

to three years Kelly and here's the reason a baby's brain grows the fastest

after birth for the first two to three years it doubles in size in the first

two years so you have the greatest chance of laying down a permanent

foundation those wires into your baby's brain think of your baby's brain like

the greatest garden ever grown and there are hundred billion plants in that

little garden so what do you do to help a garden grow

you feed it and you fertilize it and you keep the weeds and the pests out the

same thing in growing a baby brain you give them smart food you give them lots

of touch you give them lots of love you respond to their needs in an appropriate

way and that's how you grow your baby burn so that brings you to another

question since it's such an impactful time do you think a child IQ is

malleable are there things that you can eat or things that you can do to help

raise your child's IQ or cognitive development yes there are

kind of you use a wonderful term they're called malleable now the scientific term

for that is called neuroplasticity mmm-hmm no that's just a big word that

means if the brain could talk it would say hey man I will change and adapt to

whatever you need me to the brain is so changeable all the wiring is so

changeable so the term malleable you're totally correct now the best way you can

do that is smart foods let's start with mother's milk Wow

smartest food ever made and I make it very simple for moms I say alright feed

your child a smart fat diet and as soon as I mentioned their term fat really

I've heard all this bad stuff about fat wrong a baby spring is sixty percent fat

so the way I get parents to remember this is you are growing a little fat

head mother's milk is 40 to 50 percent fat and doctor mother nature does not

make mistakes so the first most important group of foods to grow a

smarter little baby brain and a child brain is fats number one Mama's milk

then at at six months I have this list per ten Kelly that you're coming into my

office and you're you're you you want to talk about beginning solid foods to grow

a little fat head and I'd say okay first food avocados whoa what's different

about avocados they're the fattiest fruit on earth Wow so avocados it's at

six months and this will surprise your audience at seven months we begin salmon

I have a big sign in my office salmon at seven months and Herrick look

at me really yeah you get a piece of wild salmon and you mush it up and you

place it on your finger in your place it on baby's tongue

now here are the three magic words shaping young tastes sleeping young

taste beginning at six months so you shaped

their taste for fruits and veggies and and good healthy fats like avocados and

salmon and here's another little thing we do at six months

I call it my sprinkles test because the cominis question I get from parent is my

child won't eat vegetables right all right so we have a little we have a

little veggie talk at six months we have a little veggie demonstration I open a

capsule of concentrated ground-up vegetables and lots of greens ten

different greens all ground up into capsules conscious plus and I opened the

capsule and I have mom wet her finger and I poured the greens on her finger

the powder and she places it on baby's tongue little by little by little and

the baby's shapes it shapes the baby's taste toward vegetables and I'll explain

what's going on because the brain is hard to talk about briefly but this I'm

gonna explain what happens so you put a little bit of ground-up broccoli or kale

or salmon or avocado on the tip of a baby's tongue and the tongue sends a

text message to the brain and the brain says like but your Facebook friends up

the brain says I like broccoli I like salmon

I like avocado and then the head brain sends a text to the gut brain that says

hey gut coming down is really good food you pretend you like it and then the gut

brain doesn't like it and their gut brain texts the head brain says keep

eating more vegetables it's good for you that's what we call building in cravings

at a very young age and a child Oh interesting that you don't do it through

just introducing food I mean do you try to give them all different kinds of food

the real field and that wouldn't work just giving them something weird

actually change their palate to help them like food more exactly you

mentioned another you mentioned the magic words there Kelly real food mm-hmm

just serve real foods we don't feed babies out of a box anymore gone are the

days of rice cereal out of a box no no think outside the box and and one of the

reasons this is fairly new one of the reasons for starting real foods and

children and babies the real food diet is called the microbiome now the

microbiome is just a big word for gut bugs the normal bacteria that live in

your gut trillions of them now in return for our free food and a warm place to

live these bacteria do good things for your body they make lots of natural

medicines for your body and so real food feeds the microbiome your gut bugs in a

real good way so going back to I guess foods to avoid are there any food that

we should absolutely avoid in the early Earth yes now I called these look for

the bad words on the label now anything with the number on it like red number

forty blue number five yellow number six and they sing with a a a number and a

color on it that is red dye and that is blue dye you don't want that artificial

food and you can bet that if there's if it has to be artificially colored

there's a lot of other bad stuff in there so that's number one

secondly I fuck toast corn syrup number two now this will be this is also new

added sugar coming soon to the food labels near you the beginning sometime

in in 2018 manufacturers will have to put on the food label grams of added

sugar and night now they don't have to so it's very complicated so are there

any mistakes that parents they're feeding their child something

healthy but it really event well yes they they get that they get worried that

their child doesn't eat enough and I hear this every day in my office doctor

my child is such a picky eater oh my child such a picky eater so I wondered

if I hear that often and when a pediatrician hears something every day

you wonder is that normal and lo and behold yes it is so if you could if I

can show my fist a child's tummy is the size of their fist so what they needed

each meal is a fistful of food so like shaping young tastes are three magic

words another three words are raised a grazer children are born grazers they

love to nibble all day which isn't a bad trait for we adults too so you're saying

just giving them the option to choose for themselves will automatically make

them to make healthier choices if you only present healthy choices Kelly yeah

that's all that's all they have in fact pediatricians are getting a little more

ingenious shall we say and and we we we've been wimpy for a while and now we

say to moms moms don't be a nutritional wimp

don't say oh honey you don't like to broccoli would you like me to make you

some packaged mac and cheese no no no I get a little experiment in my life in my

laboratory my laboratory is my office and I found that that I call them pure

moms and pure kids those moms who never let a morsel of anything but real food

touch the lips of their precious children for at least the first three

years and then you know kids are gonna be kids they will get to junk of

birthday parties in school well what's different about these kids well number

one they weren't as sick as often and number two they crave real foods because

that's all they know and then this is interesting

when they went to their first birthday party and they got the big red velvet

chocolate cake you know and all that colored stuff mm-hmm they would come

home say mommy I have yucky tummy aha that's because their tummy and their

whole microbiome down there and all the gut nerves have been programmed you eat

real food you feel real good you eat junk food you feel real bad

that's a programmer evil that's what we want to program our child to feel mm-hmm

and so going back to the supplementation so if your kids are the picky eater and

aren't eating it is safe to give them some kind of supplementation yes we do

the biggest deficiency that most families and children have is they don't

eat enough seafood now fortunately here in California we can get wild seafood

all year-round so that's the biggest deficiency so we have most of them on

omegas Omega threes it's the biggest efficiency so that's the first sup woman

I use and then the second supplement I use is to make up for the deficiency of

fruits and vegetables and I have moms say I hold up your fist do you feed your

children ten servings ten fistfuls of fruits and vegetables every day that's

what they need and fistfuls they say no so we add a fruit and vegetable

supplement called Juice Plus so omega-3s and juice plus are the two ones I mostly

use in my office sometimes I use old vitamin D oftentimes a probiotic to help

their little gut bugs to grow their gut garden but supplements Kelly are just

that not not instead of real food mm-hmm but they simply fill in the gaps when

children aren't eating say how much fish they need they need two fistfuls so if

they don't get two fistfuls of wild salmon every week then they need an

omega-3 supplement if they don't get ten fistfuls of fruits and vegetable

every day every day then they need a fruit vegetable supplement so you've

been doing this for decades working with children and food what's the most

surprising thing that you've learned in all your experience what I've learned

and I give this tip to parents oh they will say they will sometimes ask me well

you know dr. bill what is the biggest tips you can give me from what you've

learned and I would I said to them parenting is a series of reactions my

child does this what do I do and am i doing it right

I say whatever your child does this they throw a tantrum or something like that

you first click into your mommy brain and say get behind the eyes of your

child and say if I were my child if I were Susie how would I want my mother or

my father to react if I were my child how would I want my mother our Father to

react and you'll always get it right so what is the most important thing you

want a new mom to know there earlier you start the better

now you can make up for bad nutritional habits at any time but we look at

parenting Kelly as the best long-term investment you can have you put your

time in early on and you're gonna sleep a lot better later on and I've noticed

this in my practice over the years like I say I use my practice as a laboratory

and those babies who are fed real food those babies and children who are caring

and touched a lot those babies whose cries are answered appropriately those

babies who are given lots of eye contact and high-touch parenting they turn out

with one big special quality and that is empathy the capacity to care that's what

you're building in that growing brain you're building their capacity to care

center and there is a real thing in a brain and an adult

brain in a child brain called the empathy Center our compassion center

that's what good compassion of parenting helps your child become compassionate

and our number-one problem in our world today is lack of compassion yeah kids

who don't care the neighborhood bullies the school bully you know I have never

ever seen an attachment parented child become a school bully so that's what you

do with your long term investment you grow that compassion Center you turn out

a compassionate child I agree I think one of the best investments we can make

and then our children and I so honored to have you here to talk to you about

all your wealth of knowledge and sharing it with all the new moms and it was a

real honor to have you here today well thank you Kelly and and I get I get

programs like this give me what I call the helpers hi that set priceless

feeling we doctors yet by perhaps a listener out there a new mom a new dad

or any age has changed the way they parent for the better because of the

program you and I did today so you and I both have a very high dose of the

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