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My primal 14 month old daughter has white spots on her fingernails

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Hi, My daughter has been primal from day one. Dairy she has is kefir made from raw milk, raw cheese and grass fed butter, greek yoghurt and otherwise just fruit, veg and meats with lots of fat, animal fat and coconut oil. Very occasionally some soaked macadamia nuts.

I have just noticed white spots on her fingernails, I have heard this is a zinc deficiency.

Any ideas of what it could be?

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 24, 2012
at 12:55 AM

As for the k, some D drops come with K in them...that would be an easy way to get that to her, also, cod liver oil is good in addition to fish oil for the A.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 24, 2012
at 12:54 AM

I have to admit, when I answered this, I read it as "14 year old"! So scratch the hcl recommendation! It sounds like you're giving her a lot of support, and I have two ideas; that her digestion needs a little more support(probiotics, more fermented foods) and also now I'm wondering if you are getting all the nutritional support that you need...do you take all of these supplements? Are you consuming plenty of bone broth? How is your digestion?

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on February 23, 2012
at 08:38 PM

Yes she def bites her fingers so it could be that, thanks.

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on February 23, 2012
at 08:38 PM

Its hard to get her to eat bone broth, but I try to daily and mix it in with things. She hasnt had it for about a week though as we are in process of moving house. She has one or two good bowels movements a day. I supplement Vit D, Magnesium oil which I rub into her skin, fish oil and I believe Vit K is in Kefir? I don't give her zinc yet, what is a good way to give vitamins to a baby, drops like the vit D I use? And how would I give her HCL?

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on February 23, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Oh and I still breast feed her too.

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on February 23, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I've read in sports magazines that bumping or pinching your fingertip/nail results in those white spots. I've noticed that's happened to me a few times, usually with doing heavy yard work and remodeling around our house. Maybe she's biting or pinching them?

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on February 23, 2012
at 08:38 PM

Yes she def bites her fingers so it could be that, thanks.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 23, 2012
at 06:58 PM

White spots on fingernails are generally a sign of mineral deficiency. Does she consume bone broth regularly? What is her digestion like? Is she supplementing D and K (or anything else)? I would up her bone broth, support digestion with fermented foods and even HCL if needed, plus D, K, Zinc and magnesium.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 24, 2012
at 12:55 AM

As for the k, some D drops come with K in them...that would be an easy way to get that to her, also, cod liver oil is good in addition to fish oil for the A.

59536c2e6df721b050e10b7a87143481

(58)

on February 23, 2012
at 08:38 PM

Its hard to get her to eat bone broth, but I try to daily and mix it in with things. She hasnt had it for about a week though as we are in process of moving house. She has one or two good bowels movements a day. I supplement Vit D, Magnesium oil which I rub into her skin, fish oil and I believe Vit K is in Kefir? I don't give her zinc yet, what is a good way to give vitamins to a baby, drops like the vit D I use? And how would I give her HCL?

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 24, 2012
at 12:54 AM

I have to admit, when I answered this, I read it as "14 year old"! So scratch the hcl recommendation! It sounds like you're giving her a lot of support, and I have two ideas; that her digestion needs a little more support(probiotics, more fermented foods) and also now I'm wondering if you are getting all the nutritional support that you need...do you take all of these supplements? Are you consuming plenty of bone broth? How is your digestion?

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on February 24, 2012
at 12:33 AM

I've had this for as long as I can remember too. I've been told it's possibly from a high amount of calcium in the body, as I have always been a big milk drinker and dairy consumer.

Sounds possible, right? :shrug:

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A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

on February 23, 2012
at 06:35 PM

I've had this since childhood, though I am not sure what causes it. After several months of paleo/balanced eating, it does seem to be going away. I would be interested to know if it is caused by a deficiency.

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