Kids Health

Common childhood health concerns include: poor immunity, ear infections, hayfever, frequent colds, learning disorders, behavioural problems, growing pains, stress, bed wetting, eczema, asthma, digestive problems, poor eating habits, overweight and underweight.


kids_health_2.jpgWe all want our children to be the happiest and healthiest they can be. Healthy children have healthy weight, healthy immune defence, healthy gut function, healthy behaviour and healthy brain development. How exactly do we achieve this? Every day we are bombarded with so many mixed messages about how to look after our kids. People tell us our children are poor eaters, overweight, underweight, overactive or unfocused. There is certainly no shortage of ideas on how to best raise our children.

One thing we are certain of, children have special health requirements. Children are not simply smaller versions of adults; they are physiologically different in the way their bodies work. Childhood is a time of immense social, intellectual and physical development and as a result children often have increased nutritional needs.

Natural medicines for children must take into consideration a child's individual requirements and stages of physical development. Fortunately there are many ways your naturopath can help your child achieve happier, healthier lives.

ADHD, Learning Disorders & Behavioural Issues

Issues with brain function and learning in childhood can lead to longer term social, psychological and bevavioural or development issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism, your naturopath can help.

ADHD is the most common behavioural disorder in children. It affects 5-10% of children. ADHD is characterised by different levels of inattention, hyperactivity, impulsiveness or significant social and emotional problems.

There are some key nutritional supplements that can assist in improving the health of your child. Several key nutrients can help support healthy brain function in your child including, zinc, magnesium, iron, B vitamins, folate, iron and vitamin C. Multivitamins and minerals, along with fish oils will provide your child with the nutrients they need for optimal brain function. Herbs such as ginkgo and brahmi have also been shown to help boost memory and learning.

Immune Defence

Another important aspect of your child's health involves supporting their immune system. As children go to school, playgroup, day care or even mother's group they will be faced with the challenge of fighting off recurrent infections. Whilst developing robust immunity is essential to every aspect of childhood development, healthy immunity is especially important as it sets the stage for good health in adult life.

Supplementing with zinc and vitamin C has also been shown to boost the immune system to help them avoid colds and flus. While acute infections can be supported with antibacterial and anti-viral herbs such as cat's claw and andrographis.

Cod liver oil is provide a source of vitamins A and D with omega-3 essential fatty acids. Vitamins A and D are key nutrients for healthy immune resistance which is vital in the management of food and environmental sensitivities and to provide protection against infection. A daily dose can help maintain a healthy immune system.

Your Naturopath can also advise natural remedies for supporting coughs, eczema, asthma, hayfever, allergic cough, recurrent infections and ear infections.

Some basic diet recommendations that can help support your child's health include:

  • Ensure your child eats a full breakfast every day.
  • Include plenty of vegetables and fruit in their diet every day
  • Make sure they drink plenty of pure water
  • Avoid or severely limit processed foods, additives and artificial flavours in their diet

Growing children need a healthy lifestyle.  Consider the following suggestions that your child may benefit from:

  • Identify your child's interests and encourage active participation
  • Exercise and fresh air are important
  • Ensure adequate sleep and rest
  • Positive role models and family support is essential

 

Your Naturopath can provide your child with an individual program to help improve their health and assist them in reaching their full potential in life.