The Doctors: Spring Baby Health Risks
The Doctors talked about the health issues and safe alternatives surrounding Easter eggs, including a safe Homemade Edible Egg Dye Recipe. But first, they tackled an interesting topic you may never have thought about before. Are spring babies at a higher risk for illness than babies born at other times throughout the year?
Arielle from Wisconsin wrote The Doctors because she and her husband are planning to have a baby. She read about the risks for spring babies, and she wanted to get the truth from Dr. Lisa Masterson. Dr Lisa explained that a variety of studies have linked spring baby births with “Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, alcohol abuse” and more, including Diabetes.
This could have something to do with winter pregnancy and a mother’s lack of Vitamin D exposure during gestation. However, the difference for spring babies is typically subtle enough that parents don’t need to be worried.
The Drs: Pregnancy & Vitamin D Benefits
Dr Jim Sears cited a study from Scotland that “found babies born in April had a 50% more chance of having MS, compared to the babies born in November.” But a similar study at the same latitude in Norway did not see similar results. Diet, seasonal weather, and geographical location could all be factors. Of course, in the Southern hemisphere, the patterns are reversed and babies are more prone to these issues in the fall.
Dr Lisa Masterson said doctors now believe that certain women, such as vegetarians, be screened for Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy. This can be corrected with supplements, as well as diet changes. Getting enough Vitamin D and necessary supplements can lower the risk of preterm labor and gestational diabetes. Dr Lisa also recommended Salmon for pregnant women.
The Doctors: Easter Safety Tips
To plan for festive Easter celebrations, pediatrician Dr Jim Sears shared some tips and warnings about common elements of this holiday. He said that plastic grass used to line Easter baskets is a choking hazard for children and pets, as well as the possibility of an intestinal obstruction. He suggested using an edible variety of Easter grass (sadly, it’s made from potatoes and not Pull & Peel Twizzlers), or substituting Kale instead.
When hiding Easter eggs for a hunt, be sure to use plastic eggs. Hard boiled eggs are more susceptible to bacteria and environmental contamination. Dyed eggs should be disposed after a week, unless you’re keeping them for decoration. Use a straw to blow the eggs out, or choose pasteurized eggs for your celebration.
The Drs: Is It Safe To Eat Dyed Easter Eggs?
If you are dyeing eggs for Easter or any other reason, the key safety tip is to use food safe dyes. But another safe alternative is to use food to create natural dyes.
“Pretty much anything that will stain your clothes can be a great egg dye,” Dr Jim Sears said.
Beets, Cabbage, Blueberries, Turmeric, and Grape Juice are all options for creating your own homemade egg dyes.
Dr Andrew Ordon shared an easy test to tell if an egg is hard boiled. Stand it on its end and spin it on a flat surface, like a table or counter. If it continues to stay upright while it spins, it has been hard boiled. Raw eggs will fall down horizontally.
The Doctors: Homemade Edible Egg Dye Recipe
- 5 Red Cabbage Leaves
- 1 teaspoon Vinegar
- Boil the cabbage leaves.
- Separately, boil the eggs you want to dye.
- Combine the cabbage leaves with vinegar and water.
- Let an egg soak in the mixture for a minimum of two hours, up to 24 hours.
- The longer you soak the egg, the richer the color will be.
Dr Jim Sears showed some eggs he dyed, and they turned out a shade of deep blue. Using different ingredients will create different colors. Have you ever tried to make your own dyes? Let us know in the comments how it turned out.