If you are looking at this page you may be wondering if there is an alternative to the standard options of care given to you by your child’s doctor. Naturopathic medicine can offer you safe, viable options for your child’s health and development in both the short and the long term.
It is very important to support children with the correct diet and I recommend starting with our Bio-Compatibility Test, this test will identify foods that are problematic for the individual child. I once saw a four year old boy who had been following a gluten and dairy free diet for two years, most of his food was organic, prepared at home by a very conscientious mum who had also followed the GAPS diet protocols.
Despite this very clean diet the boy suffered severe abdominal pain and loose watery stools with mucous. He was a very fussy eater, was underweight and had been diagnosed as failure to thrive. Mum was also concerned about some behavioural issues.
Our Bio-Compatibility test revealed the boy was reacting to chicken, baked beans, eggs, mushrooms, potato, bananas and cranberries. Within two weeks of removing these foods he showed significant improvement to his symptoms.
You can see how important it is to get the diet right but sometimes medications are needed. Some nutrients and probiotics are available as powders made especially for children, there are liquid herbs and I love to use Australian Bush Flower Essences with children. When children realise their medicines are making them feel better they often ask to be given them, even the “yucky tasting herbs”.