Children’s molluscum is a skin infection caused by Molluscum Contagiosum Virus that produces benign raised lesions or bumps on the upper layer of the skin.  They disappear on their own without leaving marks and are usually painless.   Childhood Molluscum is spread by direct contact with the lesion on another infected child or a contaminated object such as a toy or piece of clothing. The average incubation period is between two to seven weeks but you may not see symptoms for up to six months.  The virus can be difficult to treat if your child’s immune system is weakened.  Signs & Symptoms of...

With 1 in 4 children struggle to manage a healthy weight.  Obesity has been shown to have a substantial negative effect on longevity, reducing life expectancy by up to 20 years. So serious are the potential repercussions for children that a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2005 determined that this generation of children may be the first that do not outlive their parents. Risk Factors & Reasons for Childhood Obesity include: ✅ High energy food intake and lack of physical activity✅ Dysbiosis (imbalance of gut bacteria) in infanthood (may be a result of diet or antibiotic use)✅...

Who says you can’t have biscuits for breakfast!  These nutritious gut friendly ingredients are a bowl of goodness made into delicious biscuits the whole family will love. Ingredients 3 cups rolled oats 1 cup ripe bananas, mashed 1 cup almond meal ½ cup coconut, shredded or desiccated 2/3 cup good quality honey or maple syrup 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/3 cup dried fruit (sultanas, currents, apricots or goji berries) 1/3 cup seeds (pumpkin, sesame or sunflower) ½ cup coconut oil or olive oil, lightly flavoured Preheat oven to 180oC (350oF) and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.Add all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix together...

The increased environmental exposure to germs when your child mixes with large numbers of children either at childcare or school is a leading cause of recurring infections.  It is common for children to have 6 to 10 children’s upper respiratory tract infections (URTI’s) in a year and this figure can double when attending childcare.  The peak incidence is at 6 to 12 months of age.  Children’s URTI’s including common cold, sore throat, tonsillitis and ear infections constitute over 80% of the total episodes of children’s respiratory infections.  These illnesses have the ability to impact and disrupt the entire family. Signs &...

Whether your child has a simple childhood cold, children’s ear infections or suffers from childhood recurring infections, this is all a sign that their children’s immune system is failing to defend them.  Children are constantly exposed to viruses and bacteria every day especially when attending childcare or kindergarten and some cope better than others.  The reason for this difference in susceptibility is how strength and effectiveness of their immune.  If your child’s immune system is robust, then even if they are in a crowd of sick kids they won’t develop symptoms of a children’s infection.  On the other hand, if...

If you want to boost your child's immune health, you may wonder which are the best supplements for your child to help boost their natural defences to fight off infections.   Key Immune Supplements When it comes to strengthening our immunity, there are some key nutrients and antioxidants our immune system requires, and a deficiency in any of these can make you more susceptible to illness. Here are my 4 top supplements to strengthen your child's immunity. Vitamin C Effective at reducing the length and severity of a cold. Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant and is involved in virus killing and preventing viral replication.   Vitamin D Our key immune...

  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...

Disease causing viruses or bacteria can enter your child's body simply by breathing or eating! Fortunately, only a few of these, particularly viral, ‘pathogens’ result in a cold or flu because your child is equipped with an immune system specifically designed to fight off unwanted invaders. That said, is your child one of the may kids, for whom a string of colds and flu is a way of life in winter? Perhaps getting rid of the seemingly endless sniffles, sneezing and sore throats seems like an unachievable ideal. Fortunately, it is possible to improve their immune system function and reduce the...

Bacteria are critical for human survival, living both within and on your body. It may sound unappealing, but having the right types of bacteria in the right balance can help your body function optimally. For every one human cell in your body, there are ten bacterial cells; this means you are about 1% human and 99% bacteria! There are billions of different types of bacteria in your body, all playing different roles to keep your health in check. When these bacteria are out of balance, it can make you susceptible to digestive symptoms and conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome...

  Despite your best efforts at preventing infection through diet, exercise and supplementation, at some stage this winter you may succumb to a cold or flu. This can occur particularly if stress or life events get in the way of maintaining the healthy habits that help keep your immune system strong. The good news is that should you find yourself ‘under the weather’, there are measures you can take to get you back on your feet. Going Viral Both the common cold and influenza (flu) are caused by viruses, most commonly the rhinovirus. What many people may not realise is that antibiotics only...

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