From the first day of school through to your well-deserved retirement, challenges can arise at every age; your health is no exception to this. More and more, research is showing that your microbiome (i.e. your gut bacteria) is foundational for good health, especially when it comes to having a robust immune system. For example, the microbiome coordinates how active your immune system is (which is important for fighting off infections), while also ensuring your immune system doesn’t become over-active when exposed to things that are foreign to the body (e.g. allergies). The microbiome is also important for maintaining digestive health....

Children's Nutritionist - Raspberry & Banana Cake Try this delicious cake that is gluten and dairy free, your kids will love it Ingredients 4 cups desicated coconut 2 ripe bananas, mashed 1 banana, sliced for topping 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/4 cup maple syrup 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries (extra for toppings)   METHOD Heat oven to 180 and line baking tray with baking paper. Beat the eggs, vanilla and maple syrup until well combined. Add the mashed banana and mix thoroughly then fold in the coconut followed by the raspberries. Pour into tin and top with sliced banana and raspberries. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden and cooked...

Your gut is where you absorb all the nutrients to power your body, making a healthy digestive system central to your overall health. But did you know that there are close to 2 kg worth of bacteria in your gut? That’s literally billions of tiny micro-organisms living and growing in your gut right now – collectively called gut ‘microbiota’. These beneficial bacteria encourage healthy digestion and support an efficient immune system, keeping any undesirable bacteria at minimal levels. However, if the numbers of undesirable bacteria begin to outweigh the beneficial bacteria this can lead to digestive symptoms such as constipation, wind...

  Every winter when you get sick, you tell yourself to be more prepared next year. As soon as someone sneezes at work, school, or home, you find yourself with yet another cold or flu. It does not have to be that way this chilly winter season. Arm yourself and your family with the tools to build strong immune defences to reduce your risk of getting sick. If you do get sick, a strong immune system will also reduce the severity of your cold and flu symptoms, and help to speed your recovery.   Natural Medicines to Prevent and Treat Symptoms There are many...

  We are constantly exposed to foreign bodies from the environment, with the respiratory system, digestive system and skin all providing a barrier to protect us from the outside world. Ordinarily, the immune system does an amazing job detecting these foreign bodies and neutralising them so that they do not cause harm to our body. However, for some kids, their immune system has an abnormal response that causes unwanted symptoms. When this happens we refer to these substances as ‘allergens’. Fortunately, with targeted treatment, the allergic process can be modified, helping your child to become less reactive to substances they have always...

More and more, research is showing that the microbiome (i.e. your gut bacteria) is foundational for your child's good health, especially when it comes to having a robust immune system. For example, the gut bacteria coordinates how active the immune system is (which is important for fighting off infections), while also ensuring your child's immune system doesn’t become over-active when exposed to things that are foreign to the body (e.g. allergies). Your child's gut bacteria is also important for maintaining digestive health. As such, when the balance of healthy species within our gut bacteria is lost (due to the effects...

Worms are highly contagious and easily spread between children when scratching their bottom and then carrying the eggs back to their mouths with their hands.  They are also spread by touching contaminated surfaces, such as bed linen, underwear, pyjamas, toilets, food, cutlery, toys, bench tops and sand pits.  The ingested eggs hatch in the gut where they start to replicate. Worms can also travel into the vagina and into the reproductive tract which can also be difficult to treat. You can see threadworms if you examine your child at night while they are asleep.  Simply separate your child’s buttocks and shine a...

Diarrhoea is the frequent passing of watery poop and can be associated with other symptoms such as cramping, nausea and vomiting. If your child has acute children's diarrhoea, generally it should pass in a day or two.  On the other hand, long term children's diarrhoea can be dangerous for youngsters because they become dehydrated very quickly, meaning they are losing fluids more rapidly than they are being replaced.  It is extremely important to keep up their fluids and watch them carefully as their condition can deteriorate quickly. Water on its own may not be enough and electrolytes can quickly re-hydrate them.  Children's...

Sharing is caring – a delightful virtue when it comes to little humans; but when it is a nasty cold or an awful tummy bug, it can be nothing short of a family catastrophe! Whilst these kinds of experiences can help children build a robust immune system, evidence indicates that recurrent bouts of infection may be associated with a reduced presence of beneficial bacteria living inside the gut. The bacteria (and the trillions of other microorganisms) in the gut, are known collectively as the gut microbiome, the health of which is essential for immune resilience and resistance to infection. These beneficial...

Before antibiotics were discovered in the 1900s, bacterial infections were a feared enemy of modern society. Antibiotics changed everything – saving millions of lives and offering an effective tool to battle deadly infections. Fast forward to now, and antibiotics, while still incredibly useful, are sadly claiming the lives of our beneficial gut bacteria, which has been linked to uncomfortable side effects such as children's antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. Read "6 Questions To Ask Your Doctor Before Antibiotics. here. https://thechildrensnaturopath.com/6-questions-to-ask-your-doctor-before-antibiotics/ Of course, losing a bit of gut bacteria to save you from a nasty infection is a no-brainer; however, the loss of beneficial...