Most kids just love to talk about their poop and kind it a fascinating topic. Doing number two's might not be the prettiest topic, but there’s a lot to learn from this mundane, yet mysterious, process. In the end (no pun intended), it’s simply a part of our functioning body.   Poop is mostly just undigested food, proteins, bacteria, salts, and other substances that are produced and released by intestines. Although everyone is unique in the size, shape, and smell of their poop, there are a few things that indicate a healthy (or unhealthy) poop.   Poop that floats Gas is usually the cause for floaters. ...

More and more, research is showing that the microbiome (i.e. your gut bacteria) is foundational for your child's good health, especially when it comes to having a robust immune system. For example, the gut bacteria coordinates how active the immune system is (which is important for fighting off infections), while also ensuring your child's immune system doesn’t become over-active when exposed to things that are foreign to the body (e.g. allergies). Your child's gut bacteria is also important for maintaining digestive health. As such, when the balance of healthy species within our gut bacteria is lost (due to the effects...

  When cooking food, apart from taste, the main consideration is to keep the vitamin and mineral content intact as much as possible.  To preserve the precious nutritional content, cook at lower temperatures and if required, for a longer period of time.  Try to avoid frying at high temperatures as this essentially destroys the nutrients. Ideal cooking methods Minimise or avoid these cooking methods Braising Boiling, especially overcooking Poaching *Baking (if food becomes burnt) Sautéing *Barbecuing (if food becomes burnt) Simmering *Frying at high temperatures Steaming *Grilling (if food becomes burnt) Stewing   *Burnt or charred food can cause inflammation which causes damage the gut wall.  Remove burnt bits from food before consuming. Fiona's Tip:  Avoid cooking...

Worms are highly contagious and easily spread between children when scratching their bottom and then carrying the eggs back to their mouths with their hands.  They are also spread by touching contaminated surfaces, such as bed linen, underwear, pyjamas, toilets, food, cutlery, toys, bench tops and sand pits.  The ingested eggs hatch in the gut where they start to replicate. Worms can also travel into the vagina and into the reproductive tract which can also be difficult to treat. You can see threadworms if you examine your child at night while they are asleep.  Simply separate your child’s buttocks and shine a...

Becoming familiar with your kid’s poos can really help you keep an eye on their health - it's not the most glamorous job in the world! The ideal poop is a long sausage-like poop that they can pass easily and clean with 1 – 2 wipes. Their poops shouldn’t be watery soft and mushy (read up on diarrhoea). Nor should they be hard and pellet-like (learn more on constipation) - a one-off every now and again is mostly not a problem. But if you’re noticing your child's poop has changed recently or have never been well formed, I suggest taking...

  “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’’ Hippocrates The morning juggle and struggle Most parents find the morning rush very stressful, getting everyone up, dressed, fed and organised ready to start the day.  But what parents seem to dread the most is packing the school lunchbox.  The morning challenge of searching the cupboards and refrigerator for something that looks good so they will actually eat it and nutritious enough to feed their growing body’s needs.   There is nothing worse than finding a picked over lunchbox or worse still discovering a lunch that has been untouched.  For many parents, it can be...

Diarrhoea is the frequent passing of watery poop and can be associated with other symptoms such as cramping, nausea and vomiting. If your child has acute children's diarrhoea, generally it should pass in a day or two.  On the other hand, long term children's diarrhoea can be dangerous for youngsters 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 condition can deteriorate quickly. Water on its own may not be enough and electrolytes can quickly re-hydrate them.  Children's...

After a long day away from home the afternoon snack is very important because this meal will tide them over to dinner time.  They are usually starving when they get home and their blood sugars can be low too, especially if they haven’t eaten enough protein with lunch or been too busy playing and not eaten at all.  This can be a danger zone when it comes to processed food because they will be craving sugary snacks.  The best idea is to get some protein into them to fill them up quickly. Children's Nutritionist Approved Tips ✅ Check their lunchbox to make...

Life is busy and we have lots of pressures to manage each and every day. Meal planning can be a helpful tool when done right and a very important aspect of eating well. Firstly, it creates less stress because you know exactly what is organised for each meal on a particular day of the week. This ensures you don't have to worry about what you will cook or worse still - searching the supermarket shelves in a panic to find something to eat last minute. Once you have written up your plan, write a shopping list...

Sharing is caring – a delightful virtue when it comes to little humans; but when it is a nasty cold or an awful tummy bug, it can be nothing short of a family catastrophe! Whilst these kinds of experiences can help children build a robust immune system, evidence indicates that recurrent bouts of infection may be associated with a reduced presence of beneficial bacteria living inside the gut. The bacteria (and the trillions of other microorganisms) in the gut, are known collectively as the gut microbiome, the health of which is essential for immune resilience and resistance to infection. These beneficial...

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