Can naturopathy be useful for children?
Is your child home sick frequently? A fussy eater? An anxious child?
Naturopathy can assist with a wide range of conditions for children using safe and effective herbal medicines, nutritional supplements and homeopathic medicines.
You can see a naturopath for children for a wide range of conditions:
ADHD, autism and learning difficulties
Eczema and other skin conditions
Failure to thrive
5 Top Tips to Support Health in Children:
1. Eating the colours of the rainbow
Eating different coloured fruits and vegetables includes consuming a wide range of vitamins and minerals that support growth, development and immune function. Encouraging children to eat vegetables can be tricky however we have lots of tips and tricks to encourage children to eat a wide range of fruits and veggies. Picky eaters can end up with nutritional deficiencies so it is important to try and get a wide range of fruits and veggies in every day.
2. Ensuring good sleep
Children need adequate sleep and rest to ensure repair of body systems. This can range from 7 to 14 hours depending on the age and growth stage of the child. When children do not get enough sleep, their sympathetic nervous system is activated initiating the fight or flight response which can impact immune function, digestion, mood and development.
Exercise is beneficial at any age but especially in children as it promotes bone development, lean muscle mass and even academic performance. Exercise makes your body stronger and builds endurance. The main benefits come from an increased respiratory and cardiovascular function allowing oxygen to be transported to cells and waste eliminated.
4. Limiting Screen Time
An increase in screen time leads to a reduction of point number 4. Screens omit a blue light which tells the brain that its daylight which can impact circadian rhythms, social interactions, eye development, and concentration times.
5. Stress management
Children get stressed just like any other person. Stress can stimulate the sympathetic nervous system as can a lack of sleep. Changes in environment, routine, illness and prolonged exposure to the elements can cause stress in children.