The Holistic Baby Guide: Alternative Care for Common Health Problems

By Randall Neustaedter OMD
The Holistic Baby Guide shows parents how to treat colic, reflux, eczema, fevers, colds, ear infections and asthma with a holistic approach instead of relying on antibiotics and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.

Why Is a Holistic Appoach Important?

Research has shown (see Sources & References below) that children who had health conditions such as colic, ear infections and/or eczema as babies and toddlers are much more likely to develop neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and learning disabilities as well as autoimmune disorders such as asthma, allergies and rheumatoid arthritis.

This is likely due to the use of pharmaceutical medications that merely palliate a symptom rather than addressing the root causes such as gut dysbiosis, immune dysregulation and nutritional deficiencies.

What Is a Holistic Approach?

This book teaches parents how a holistic approach can alleviate and eliminate these conditions and symptoms using methods such as:

Dr. Neustaedter gives specific herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies and supplement brands in the book as well as a list of resources for purchasing them.


This book is easy to read and is organized by health condition such as fevers or ear infections, making it an easy-to-use reference for parents caring for a sick child. It’s best read beforehand to familiarize a parent with holistic health concepts and as such would make an excellent addition to a parent’s library. It, along with Jennifer Margulis’s Your Baby, Your Way, would be thoughtful gifts for new or expecting parents.

About Randall Neustaedter OMD

Dr. Neustaedter has practiced holistic medicine for more than thirty years. He has devoted his professional life to writing books and articles, teaching other practitioners, and curing patients. An accomplished author, his works include an authoritative text, Homeopathic Pediatrics. He has contributed extensively to the journals that comprise the homeopathic medical literature.

Dr. Neustaedter graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971 with a major in English literature and creative writing, and completed medical training at the San Francisco College of Acupuncture in 1983. His postgraduate education includes homeopathic training at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (1972) and an Oriental medicine doctoral degree in Hong Kong (1988).

Randall Neustaedter OMD

He was director of the Department of Homeopathy at the Pacific College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1980, and has lectured at homeopathic colleges and numerous conferences of homeopathy and Chinese medicine. He founded both the Hering Family Health Clinic in 1975, the first full-service clinic in the United States to revitalize homeopathic medicine, and the Classical Medicine Center in 1983.

A licensed acupuncturist with a doctorate in Oriental Medicine, Dr. Neustaedter lives and practices in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Sources & References

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