Healthy children won’t resist these little bikkies - they are brimming with nutritional deliciousness. Ingredients 1 banana, mashed ¾ cup rolled oats 3 tablespoons peanut butter (or nut butter of choice) 1 tablespoon good quality honey   Method Preheat oven to 180oC (350oF) and line a baking tray with baking paper. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix together. Scoop tablespoons of mixture and form into balls and place on the baking tray and flatten slightly. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes and allow to cool on the baking tray and then move to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an air tight tin. Makes: 10 cookies   Fiona's Tip: ...

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...

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...

Children’s Autism is a very complex disorder involving a series of neurodevelopmental disorders characterised by repetitive behaviours, social withdrawal and communication deficits. These children have significant impairments in social interaction, social skills and communication.  There are two subtypes of autism:  (a)  Regressive autism; this is where a child develops normally but between the ages of 12 months to 3 years old 30 starts to loose speech and social skills.  (b)  Infantile autism; where a child doesn’t reach their developmental milestones. Signs & symptoms of Childhood Autism include: ✅ Appears not to hear when spoken to✅ Has trouble expressing feelings✅ Doesn’t know how to...

Children’s Asperger Disorder is generally considered to be on the ‘high functioning’ end of the spectrum.  These children have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviours.  They may also have delayed motor development causing clumsiness or uncoordinated motor movements. Compared with other forms of children’s ASD, kids with childhood Asperger’s syndrome don’t have significant delays or difficulties with language or cognitive development. Signs & Symptoms of Children’s Asperger’s Disorder include: ✅ Challenges with non-verbal communication e.g. facial expression and gestures✅ Talks about themselves rather than others✅ Inability to understand social and emotional issues✅ Lack of...

Asthmatic children have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers causing a ‘flare-up’ where the muscles around the airways squeeze tight.  This causes the airways to swell and become narrow making it harder to breathe.  A children’s asthmatic flare-up can happen slowly, over weeks or very quickly, within minutes.  The sudden or severe asthma flare-up is called a children’s asthma attack. Childhood asthma can cause taxing daily symptoms that interfere with sports, play, school and sleep.  Triggers can include children’s food allergies, inhaling airborne pollen, catching a cold and childhood respiratory infections.  Signs & Symptoms of Children’s Asthma include: ✅ Shortness...

Children can suffer from childhood anxiety when they worry excessively about a variety of things such as their grades at school, problems within the family, relationships with peers or how they perform at sports.  These children can be hard on themselves and often strive for perfection.  Childhood anxiety can exist on its own or is associated with a medical illness or other illness such as depression. Signs & Symptoms of Children’s Anxiety include: ✅ Sweating ✅ Trembling ✅ Children’s fatigue ✅ Children’s impaired concentration ✅ Irritability ✅ Excessive worry ✅ Sense of impending doom ✅ Children’s sleep disturbances Naturopathy Can Help With the Following Childhood Conditions Fiona provides tailored health plans based...

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