When I was a child, my mum would take my siblings and myself to a naturopath for most of our ailments. I suppose this is where my passion for naturopathy began. Now, as a mum of three little ones myself, I find my naturopathic knowledge invaluable in helping to keep them healthy and thriving.
Children have a high vital force, and this can often be seen in the way their bodies react to illness. They might throw a fever; their symptoms might come on very suddenly and change just as quickly. Sometimes, they will be sick and lethargic and seemingly out of nowhere, they are better and running about as usual. These sorts of reactions show us that they have a high capacity to heal themselves.
When assisted by natural medicines, tailored remedies of herbs and nutrients, this natural ability to return to health is maximised, and excellent results can be seen. Many parents are frustrated by the lack of pharmaceutical medicines available for babies and children for coughs and colds, earaches, tonsillitis and upset tummies. As a parent it is hard to see your child upset and sick and being able to alleviate their symptoms is something we strive for. Treatment with naturopathy can bring about fast results and peace of mind for all involved.
Naturopathy also offers excellent preventative care. Children house 90% of their immune system in their digestive tract and probiotic supplementation can have a profound impact on overall immunity, including presentation of allergies. Naturopathic treatment includes nutritional treatment and as such, dietary recommendations are usually offered as part of any naturopathic consult. Getting the right foods into your child can be a bit tricky, so recipe suggestions can be a bonus.
Nervous system disorders are becoming more prevalent in children and gentle support for the nervous system can go a long way. Through nutritional and herbal supplementation, assistance is offered for anxiety and depression, and behavioural conditions.
As with any naturopathic consultation, each patient is individually assessed, and treatment tailored to the individual. Though there is a place for all types of medicine, I’d love to see some more children grow up using naturopathic medicines in favour of antibiotics and pharmaceutical analgesics.