Does your child need a nutrient top up? If they have been feeling low in energy, getting frequent colds or finding their stress levels increasing, they may be in need of important vitamins and minerals to function at their best.   Children who experience a decline in their health status are at an increased risk of developing certain health conditions if their nutrient status is low. Those with existing health conditions may also have higher demands for particular vitamins and minerals. The ideal way to replenish these key nutrients is to eat a healthy, balanced diet and take a high quality multivitamin and...

Why Is Something So Simple, So Hard to Get? When we think of Australia and New Zealand, we think of surf, sun and sand, beautiful climates and the great outdoors. With vitamin D readily available from the sun, why are so many people deficient in this important vitamin? An estimated 73% of adults suffer from inadequate vitamin D levels, with almost 60% of women living in southern areas being completely deficient during the winter/spring months. Are we spending too much more time indoors? Are we obsessed with the need to cover up and use sunscreen every time we step outside? With...

Omega-3 fatty acids are a crucial component of a healthy diet. These essential fats are especially important for children, as they play a key role in growth and development and are associated with numerous health benefits. Since EFAs cannot be made in the body, they must be ingested daily, through diet and supplementation. However, many parents are unsure whether omega-3 supplements are necessary — or even safe — for their children.   How can omega-3 essential fatty acids help your child? ✅ EFA levels are often low in children who experience changes in mood and other mood related conditions. It has been shown that those with these...

  Dehydration isn’t something to take lightly. When it happens, your child's body doesn’t have enough fluids and water to function properly. In severe cases, this could lead to brain damage or even death.    Most of the time, a toddler gets enough water from eating and drinking to replace the fluids they lose. But in some cases, kids can lose more water than normal. For example,, fevers, diarrhoea, being out in hot weather, or too much exercise. These may result in too much fluid loss which can lead to dehydration. Toddlers are risk of dehydration Some toddlers become dehydrated because they don’t drink enough...

Children's growing pains are an aching or throbbing pain, usually in their legs and less commonly in the arms. They’re the most common type of pain in children.  You may notice your child holding or rubbing their legs, or they may seem grumpier than normal. Growing pains usually occur in children between 2 and 12 years old.. They mostly start in late afternoon or early evening and are gone by the morning. The pain during the night can be severe enough to wake your child up. They don't occur as much during the day, but if they do, its intermittent. Some...

Iron is an essential nutrient that the body uses to produce hemoglobin - the protein in red blood cells that helps the blood carry oxygen to all the other cells in the body. Breast-fed babies usually get enough iron from their mother’s milk, while infants fed with formula should receive iron-fortified formula. Once your infant is weaned you will need to make sure they are receiving adequate amounts of iron rich foods in their diet. Iron is essential for the following functions ✅. Supplying the body with oxygen ✅. Muscle metabolism ✅. Maintaining connective tissue ✅. Physical growth ✅. Nerve development ✅. Cell functioning ✅. Producing some hormones       Iron-deficiency =...

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. ...

Prebiotic foods are high in special types of fibre that feed the friendly bacteria living in the gut and support digestive health. They promote the increase of friendly bacteria in the gut, help with various digestive problems and even work to boost the immune system. Prebiotic foods have also been shown to improve metabolic health and even help prevent certain diseases. However, some of the fiber content of these foods may be altered during cooking, so try to consume them raw rather than cooked. Do yourself and your gut bacteria a favor by eating plenty of these prebiotic foods.   My Top prebiotic foods kids will...

The gluten free, casein free (GFCF) diet has been shown to be helpful for individuals with allergies to these particular foods and specifically in the management of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Proteins found in grain and dairy products, known as gluten and casein respectively, are believed to be poorly broken down in the digestive tracts in some people. When these proteins are not digested properly they can be absorbed intact into blood circulation. These proteins can affect the brain by crossing the blood-brain barrier and binding to opioid receptors. This can affect mood, concentration, mental performance and pain tolerance (i.e....

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 FIONA STOCK | THE CHILDREN’S NATUROPATH | MELBOURNE NATUROPATH MAKE A NATURAL THERAPIES...

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