If your child experiences diarrhoea on a regular basis, they are not absorbing the vitamins and minerals they need in order to thrive. Diarrhoea is the frequent passing watery poop and can be associated with other symptoms such as cramping, nausea and vomiting. Acute diarrhoea will resolve itself and generally pass in a day or two.  On the other hand, long term diarrhoea can be dangerous for young children 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...

Try these super easy healthy banana pancakes and the ripest banana's will make a sweeter pancake. Serve them either on their own or with fresh fruit and a light drizzle of honey or maple syrup. You could also add vanilla extract and cinnamon to the batter. Also for a fluffy pancake add a pinch of bicarb of soda INGREDIENTS 1 ripe banana 1 free-range egg 2 tablespoons flour of choice METHOD Mash the banana in a bowl until smooth.Add the egg and flour and whisk until well combined and set aside for 5 minutes.Lightly spray a frying pan with oil and add spoonfuls...

If you are travelling with a child who has food allergies, this can be a frightening prospect, especially if your child suffers from serious allergic reactions.  Our best advice is to plan ahead and take some precautions.  These arrangements may seem extreme but it’s best to be prepared so you can relax and enjoy your family time away.   Travel checklist Tip 1 Make sure you carry auto-injector medication (such as an EpiPen) with you at all times, plus spares.  As an added precaution when carrying an auto-injector through baggage checks, get a letter from your doctor for additional peace of mind (plus a copy translated into...

The more often your child takes a course of antibiotics the more often they are likely to get sick, even one prescription can weakened the immune system.  Gut health and immunity are intimately interlinked. One of the main reasons for this connection is the friendly bacteria living deep within the gut. The bacteria and the immune system work together to fight infections and stop the merry-go-round of recurring infections. Antibiotics kill all bacteria - good and bad, and re-seeding your child's gut with friendly bacteria will help to restore the numbers of microbes to strengthen their immune system. Read our previous...

Dealing with picky eaters can be frustrating and experts believe as many as 50 percent of children are fussy when it comes to trying new foods, so you are not alone. It's very important to remain calm and keep offering food even when it's rejected because children who are limited to only a few types of food, usually toast and cheese are at risk of not getting the proper nutrition that their growing bodies needs to thrive. The good news is there is many evidence-based ways to persuade your child to try and even enjoy new foods. Try these...

An ear infection occurs either because of a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear - the section of the ear behind the eardrum. Called the eustachian tube - it connects the middle ear directly to the back of the throat and is about as thick as a strand of hair. This extremely narrow tube can easily become inflamed, causing swelling that can lead to a blockage with a subsequent build-up of fluid in the middle ear - this is what causes the pain.. Antibiotics are routinely prescribed to treat ear infections. However, research shows the...

Some kids have trouble getting good quality sleep which is essential for happy moods, focus and concentration. Getting adequate rest will help to naturally strengthen the immune system while inadequate or poor quality sleep is linked to a higher susceptibility to sickness. And unfortunately if your child isn't getting a good night's sleep, this most likely will impact their parents sleeping patterns too. The last thing you need at the end of a busy day is a bedtime battle. Follow these simple tips for a good night's sleep 1. Turn off the TV and all Screens At least 2...

Junk food is just about everywhere and the availability and convenience makes it difficult to avoid or limit. Follow our handy tips to help wean your child off highly processed food – Let the battle begin! 1. Clean out the pantry Throw out all processed foods including chips, biscuits and sweets from your kitchen cupboards. 2. Replace processed food with healthier options Get your cupboard and fridge whole food ready with a selection of healthy options your child will enjoy. (check out the pantry staples list blog coming up next)!  3. Get the whole family involved Everyone in the family needs to be committed to a...