So… yesterday was my due date. Yes, that is right. My due date. But I am not pregnant… In February this year, I had a miscarriage. Equally the most devastating and distressing day of my life… Equal to when I found out 5 days earlier at my 10-week ultrasound, that there was no heartbeat.
One of the most common questions I get as a naturopath and a mum is how to get rid of a cold/cough/runny nose in a sick child. It actually sparked me to create my Toddler and Kids Immunity program, as it is a common issue in families, particularly coming into winter.
The problem is, the younger the child, the trickier it can be to help with “home remedies” as they are not on solids, so cant take over the counter nutrients and herbs. When younger babies are sick, OR if your older child is catching everything that goes around, and is sick more then they are well, it may be better to bring them in for a naturopathic consultation. However if your child is eating solids and gets the occasional head cold then you may find the following advice helpful.
Genetics – it seems complicated and mind boggling that a bunch of proteins (our DNA) control every aspect of our lives, and that one very small change in DNA can have far reaching consequences. It is unfortunately true. And science has not been able to change our DNA. We are stuck with what we are dealt at conception.
A new part of genetic investigations is the MTHFR gene variations. Why is this important? Because it is estimated that between 40-60% of the population have a variation in this gene. Chances, are, if you are reading this, you may have one. I have one, and so do many of my patients – hence my strong interest in this area.
I’m sure you will agree that when you have a small child, and that child is sick, everyone suffers – not just the child involved. Sleep deprivation plus grizzles and grumbles, often from the little person who often cant articulate what is wrong – it can be very unpleasant for everyone.
If your little one is at childcare, or kinder, then they will also seem to catch everything going around. A certain amount of this is healthy and ok (3 or 4 colds in a season builds and strengthens their immune system) however when they are sick more often than they are well, this is a problem and something can be done.
Many cultures have fermented foods as part of their cuisine. The Germans have sauerkraut, the Japanese have miso, the Russians have kefir, and western society has embraced yoghurt (although it originated in Asia). I have even written a blog on Kombucha, which is the latest fermentation craze – fermented tea.
So why all this talk on fermented foods?
A patient brought her 12-month-old baby to see me a few years ago. At 6 months of age he developed a nightly cough that didn’t seem to go away. He would go to sleep, and a couple of hours later, he would wake coughing. This would distress him, and keep him awake for a few […]
Hay fever – for those that suffer from it, can make the spring weather a dreaded time of year. Approximately 1 in 4 people can experience it. It can be very debilitating, and people who have it know which streets they can walk down, which parks they can go to, and which ones can make […]
Routine supplementation of specific nutrients throughout your pregnancy is essential, as it is impossible to get all the daily requirements you need from your diet alone. Unfortunately it is not just as simple as taking a pregnancy multivitamin and a bit of extra folate! You are the only source of nutrition for your growing baby. […]
If you need to know where the closet toilet is, ask someone with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If you suffer from this condition, you will understand exactly what I mean. People with it know where all the toilets are on their way to work, the way to the gym, or their local café. Irritable bowel syndrome […]
Soybeans are full of phyto-oestrogens, which are helpful for women suffering from menopausal symptoms. Read my blog post on menopause for more information If using dried soybeans – soak them over night, and then simmer until tender (usually takes around 2 hours) If using canned soybeans – rinse the beans well before use. These are […]