Children are exposed to viruses and bacteria daily, however they will only get sick sometimes, and some kids, more often than others. This is to do with how strong and effective their immune system is. If it’s robust, then even in a crowd of sick people, your child won’t develop symptoms of an infection. However, if their immune system is struggling, then they may get sick more often and take longer to recover. The army within the immune system is the body’s ‘department of defence’. It protects your child from potentially harmful invaders by recognising and responding to them as a threat....

A new baby developing inside of you means getting adequate nutrition is essential. To achieve and maintain optimal health during your first and second trimester. Fiona can help you with an individualised nutrition plan and assess your diet to ensure you are optimising all the nutrients you and your baby need. This is particularly important as within Australia and New Zealand mineral deficiencies are common, with the average intake of certain minerals (ie: selenium, iodine) often falling below the recommended daily amounts. Probiotics Specific probiotic strains, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis, Bifidobacterium breve and Bifidobacterium...

Children aren't just mini adults – they have unique needs relevant to their age, stage of development, and current health status. Naturopathy is an excellent health care option for kids because it is gentle, non-invasive, and is always looking to address the underlying cause of your child’s discomfort or symptoms. It works to support their naturally high levels of vitality, build on their strengths, and provide them with the necessary building blocks to grow into happy, healthy teens and adults.   Live Blood Cell Analysis Using only one or two drops of your blood painlessly taken from the foot, Fiona will be able to...

Whether due to an intolerance or allergy, the choice to follow a vegan diet, or the want to reduce environmental impact, the number of people choosing to go dairy-free has risen dramatically. To meet this demand, the range of non-dairy milks has never been greater. Derived from grains and legumes, each type of milk alternative comes with its own benefits. However, some milks may have hidden pitfalls, such as additives Given the myriad of dairy-free options, how do you choose the right one for your needs? To help you make an informed choice, read on for details about the...

If you have ever browsed the shelves of your local supermarket or Pharmacy, you will have seen bottles of omega-3 capsules, typically recommended for maintaining a healthy heart and for reducing inflammation in conditions such as arthritis. Did you know that these essential fatty acids are also vital for a healthy pregnancy and for the health of your baby? Omega-3: Vital for Baby’s Brain Development Essential fatty acids act as building blocks for your baby’s brain and eye development, and an omega-3 deficiency during pregnancy can have permanent effects on your child’s cognitive function. Scientific studies found that children whose...

Before antibiotics were discovered in the 1900s, bacterial infections were a feared enemy of modern society. Antibiotics changed everything – saving millions of lives and offering an effective tool to battle deadly infections. Fast forward to now, and antibiotics, while still incredibly useful, are sadly claiming the lives of our beneficial gut bacteria, which has been linked to uncomfortable side effects such as children's antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. Read "6 Questions To Ask Your Doctor Before Antibiotics. here. https://thechildrensnaturopath.com/6-questions-to-ask-your-doctor-before-antibiotics/ Of course, losing a bit of gut bacteria to save you from a nasty infection is a no-brainer; however, the loss of beneficial...

try this CHildren's Nutritionist Approved Recipe Ingredients 3 cups raw or roasted unsalted hazelnuts1 tsp pure vanilla extract1/2 tsp sea salt2/3 cup dairy-free dark chocolate (chopped // see notes for cacao version) METHOD Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and add hazelnuts to a baking sheet in a single layer. If raw, roast for a total of 12-15 minutes. If already roasted, roast for 8-10 minutes just to warm the natural oils and loosen the skins. This will make it easier to blend into butter.Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Then transfer to a large kitchen towel and use your hands to roll the nuts around and remove most of the skins...

If your child is reactive to environmental allergens such as pollen, dust and animal fur; implementing a few simple strategies at home can significantly reduce their symptoms. While avoiding environmental triggers entirely can be difficult, limiting their exposure to airborne particles while avoiding food triggers will help the immune system to rest and is important when improving your immune tolerance threshold. Tips to reduce exposure to environmental triggers 1. Encase pillows and mattresses in dust mite proof covers. 2. Invest in hypoallergenic bedding. 3. Wash your bedding at least once a week in heated water (over 54...

Conception involves both female and male partners equally. That is why it is essential to support the optimal health of both parents in the time leading up to conception, in order to give your new baby the very best start in life. The preconception journey is an opportunity to lay the foundations for a healthy pregnancy, birth and of course, a beautiful, healthy child. This phase can also be a challenge for the 1 in 6 couples affected by fertility issues. It is equally important that both men and women take the time to prepare themselves during the...

As a busy Melbourne Naturopath, these are the top questions I often get asked by my pregnant clients. As every pregnancy is different, the answer to these questions may help you on your pregnancy journey. I am suffering from morning sickness Up to 70% to 80% of women experience mild to moderate nausea, and 50% vomiting. Symptoms can occur at any time of day and generally involve changes in appetite and aversions to food. For many women, these symptoms resolve after the first trimester.✅ Eat foods higher in vitamin B6, such as animal protein, eggs, nuts, potatoes and bananas.✅ Consume...

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