Antibiotics hold a very important place in modern medicine.  They are life-saving when medically necessary, so if your doctor strongly advises your child needs them, they should be taken.  However, they can be over-prescribed. Antibiotics are ineffective to treat viruses and only work to fight bacterial infections.   The downside of antibiotics When your child takes antibiotics, they kill all bacteria – good or bad, including friendly bacteria such as the Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium families.  Because your child’s friendly bacteria are delicate in numbers and still trying to establish themselves. If your child does have a course of antibiotics you will need to support the good bacteria's recovery by supplementing...

The amount of sugar consumed by children is at it's highest levels in history. This can mostly be attributed to the enormous increase in processed food and sugary drinks lining the supermarket shelves. Sugar is included as an ingredient in most pre-packaged, processed and junk food and drinks and it's insidious. As a result, as our children's sugar consumption has increased, so has their rates of common childhood illness, including obesity with 1 in 4 children now classified as overweight or obese. Sugar tantrums If you notice that your child’s temperament changes throughout the day, beginning with their adorable...

The gut is a tube that resembles a long string of sausages, it begins at the mouth and ends at the anus.  But it’s not just a small straight tube: in an adult the surface area of the gut spans out to nearly the size of a tennis court and is around 8 metres (20 feet) long.  The gut is a complex system with its main organs being the stomach, small and large intestines. And it's far more than just a processing centre for food, this role takes up only a small portion of its function.  It works tirelessly to build optimal...

Bolognese sauce is full of goodness and flavour and a firm family favourite in most households. The beauty with this recipe is its rich in fibre thanks to the added vegetables and beans to support friendly bacteria living in your child's gut. Ingredients 1 kg good quality minced beef2 400g tin cannellini or borlotti beans, drained and rinsed1 onion, finely chopped1 leek, white part only, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, finely chopped2 carrots, peeled and grated2 zucchinis, peeled and grated1 clove garlic, crushed1 400g can chopped tomatoes1 cup gluten free vegetable stock or Gut Healing Bone Broth Pinch of sea saltPepper to taste Method Heat...

Teething is a painful process for babies and parents alike. It's very hard to watch your baby suffer through this process. Most infants experience this pain when their teeth break or cut through their gums. Babies usually start teething between 6 and 12 months old. And by the time your child reaches their 3rd birthday, they should have their primary set of 20 teeth. teething symptoms Each child will experience a unique mix of symtpoms, with the most common being mild irritability and a lack of appetite. Some 'lucky' babies have few or no symptoms as...

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...

When your infant is born their gut is naturally leaky and can take up to 4 months to join together to form a leak-proof structure. This is one of the reasons why it is recommended not to wean your infant before 4 months of age. Why is your newborn’s gut leaky? In the first few months of life they are need to absorb more nutrients and immune boosting substances from their mother’s milk. When your infant reaches their 6 month milestone they will start to give you signs they are interested in food and ready to move to solids. They may display this new...

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...

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