Child Health

Healthy food, alert brains, even temper – helping your children adjust to school days.

Healthy food routines are crucial for supporting your children to be alert in class and not break down into tears or tantrums after the school pickup bell. The long lovely days of the school holidays are over and adapting to a tighter routine can take some time and struggle. Planning high quality and kid friendly meals and snacks can really serve to support this transition, both for your child and for you. Children come home exhausted in the first few weeks back at school. The potential for arguments, tears and winging is high. Remaining calm and supportive can be challenging for any caregiver in the face of disobedience or multiple children with varying emotional needs.
Children's nutrition - what role does a healthy microbiome play? You know as much as I do that children should try a wide variety of foods and eat lots of fruit and vegetables. You know that they should consume carbohydrates such as grains, some protein such as eggs, fish or meat and include good oils found in nuts, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil and fish. But I am guessing that if you're taking the time to read this then it could be that you are already providing your child with a healthy diet but you still have some concerns and questions about their health.

Healthy birthday parties - are they possible?

My daughter was invited to a gorgeous and inspiring birthday party this week. A very health conscious Mum created a memorable day for her daughter and friends with magical decorations but above all REALLY HEALTHY PARTY FOOD. Healthy birthday parties? They are possible!

Are you being Persistent with your Toddler?

Many parents find feeding their young children can be quite challenging. Often toddlers around 2 to 3 years show a variable interest in food. It is absolutely natural for a toddler to be curious around food – especially with what you happen to be eating, only to spit it out when given a taste!

Is your child Vitamin D deficient?

The Murdoch Research Institute in Melbourne has been looking into why Australia has the highest reported prevalence of food allergy in the world. Results from the studies being carried out point to diet, vitamin D, hygiene and skin care as important factors.

How Do We Help Our Teenagers Build Resilience In The Face Of Adversity?

Have you ever wondered why bad things happen?

Let me share an event that happened a week ago to my teenager, my 12 year old son. Once a week after school my teenager, Oscar likes to head down to Fremantle with a few of his mates to enjoy some of the newly discovered freedoms of youth - namely - eating junk food and going to Esplanade Park to try out their parkour moves (-an urban sport involving jumping from one urban structure to another - kind of like Neo in the Matrix - albeit a much tamer version!).

If my children eat a healthy diet, why do they need to take supplements?

This is a common question we hear from parents. Firstly, congratulations if your children are eating a healthy diet! You are helping lay the foundations for their future well-being and teaching the importance of being healthy and strong.

Keeping Our Little Ones Healthy Over Winter Using Some Old Fashioned Common Sense

How do we keep our kids from spending the winter with runny noses and miserable looks on their faces? I would say that the first steps are the simple ones. In the hype of health information, we sometimes forget some of the gems contained in ‘old fashioned common sense’.

New Food Pyramid Review

Australians, did you know we have a new guide to healthy eating from the government? As you can see, the new guidelines are a pie chart, that kind of looks like a plate. The Department of Health and Aging suggest we eat these relative proportions of food groups daily. The department is well intending though some of this research is a little out dated.

Sometimes even healthy food may not be healthy for you.

    Are the foods you’re eating making you unwell? Even the healthy ones? You may have a food allergy or intolerance. Dealing with digestive complaints encompasses a multifactorial approach. But sometimes the cause is not always obvious and further investigation is needed to uncover where the deviation from health is occurring.

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