If you have ever browsed the shelves of your local supermarket or Pharmacy, you will have seen bottles of omega-3 capsules, typically recommended for maintaining a healthy heart and for reducing inflammation in conditions such as arthritis. Did you know that these essential fatty acids are also vital for a healthy pregnancy and for the health of your baby? Omega-3: Vital for Baby’s Brain Development Essential fatty acids act as building blocks for your baby’s brain and eye development, and an omega-3 deficiency during pregnancy can have permanent effects on your child’s cognitive function. Scientific studies found that children whose mothers did...

Whether due to an intolerance or allergy, the choice to follow a vegan diet, or the want to reduce environmental impact, the number of people choosing to go dairy-free has risen dramatically. To meet this demand, the range of non-dairy milks has never been greater. Derived from grains and legumes, each type of milk alternative comes with its own benefits. However, some milks may have hidden pitfalls, such as additives or greater ‘food miles’. Given the myriad of dairy-free options, how do you choose the right one for your needs? To help you make an informed choice, read on for...

Recipe to Support Children's Health Quinoa is a seed with many class as a superfood and is suitable for your healthy baby. It’s nutritionally packed and high in protein to support overallchildhood development. It’s high in vitamins and minerals and full of fibre to benefit kids gut health and help to avoid children’s constipation. Ingredients ½ cup white quinoa2/3 cup baby bone broth or water (see our recipe)200 gm pumpkin, chopped and cooked until tender Method Rinse quinoa in a sieve under running water and drain well. Combine quinoa and bone broth or water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered...

 “Good fats” from foods such as fish, nuts, seeds and cold pressed vegetable oils are an important part of a healthy diet.  Remember; these dietary fats are especially good for your heart and may help you burn body fat. Oils:  Different oils are good for different purposes.  Olive oil is the only healthy oil which is stable enough to use for cooking.  Other healthy oils can be used as dressing for salad and vegetables.  Buy salad oils fresh and keep refrigerated.  Always choose oils which are cold pressed and extra virgin where available. *Consumption of cooking and salad oils should be limited...

If your child is having trouble taking their medicine, try these tips. ✅. Take with soda water or natural mineral water.  The bubbles reduce the sweetness.✅. Mix with water or fresh juice and make into ice cubes – 1 dose per cube.  This can be sucked on directly or added to a glass of water/juice.  This helps to reduce the sweetness.✅. Encourage your child to drink liquid mixtures through a straw to bypass the tastebuds at the front of the mouth.✅. Mix with yoghurt, stewed fruit, mashed banana, natural peanut butter or apple sauce.✅. Mix into smoothies/milk shakes.✅. Make into jelly...

Over the past decade or so, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with compromised brain function which include conditions such as ADHD, autism, cognitive problems, alongside an increase in depression and anxiety.   So, what is it about the modern lifestyle that is so destructive to the health of our children’s brain function? The gut as key to mental development Research papers backed by clinical experience indicate there is a definite connection between gut health and brain function.  In fact the gut and brain originate from the same area in the embryo. Therefore children who suffer from digestive complaints...

Children’s ADHD is a common childhood disorder that affects approximately 10% of children.  These kids experience persistent and developmentally inappropriate levels of behaviour that can continue into adulthood.  Children with childhood ADHD may know what is expected of them but have trouble following through because they are overactive and can’t focus long enough to complete a task. Symptoms of children’s ADHD vary and are sometimes difficult to recognise.  A common sign of children’s ADHD is an inability to identify other people’s needs and desires, they can interrupt others when they are talking and have trouble waiting their turn in the classroom. ...

If your child struggles in the classroom with tasks such as reading, writing and mathematics they may have childhood dyslexia.  Children with childhood dyslexia can’t complete tasks as easily as their peers.  This can lead them to thinking they are ‘dumb’ or ‘stupid’ which can have a long term negative impact on their self-esteem. It’s important to remember that intelligent people can have childhood dyslexia too.  Signs & Symptoms of Children’s Dyslexia include: ✅. Inability to follow through on instructions✅. Clumsiness✅. Dislikes reading or finds reading hard✅. Failure to recollect facts✅. Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities✅. Difficulty learning new...

Type 1 diabetes is classed as autoimmune disease, a condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body.  The job of the immune system is to guard against germs like bacteria and viruses. When it senses these foreign invaders, it sends out an army of fighter cells to attack them. Normally, the immune system can tell the difference between foreign cells and your own cells. In the case of Type 1 diabetes the immune system cells destroy the cells in the pancreas that create insulin.  Insulin is the hormone that signals your blood cells to take up glucose, which regulates blood...

Bed wetting can cause your child embarrassment and it’s a very frustrating experience for parents.  And this is why it is an important reason to treat bed. As most bed wetting children feel alone with their problem, encourage family members and other sufferers to share their experiences and offer moral support to the child. The knowledge that another family member had and outgrew the problem can be therapeutic. Encourage the child’s attention to a normal daytime voiding pattern. When voiding, the child should relax, use optimal posture and take the time to completely empty the bladder. Common Causes of Children’s Bed Wetting...