April 7, 2022

Nutritional interventions for depression and anxiety in children

Depression and anxiety are extremely common conditions that affect millions of children in the United States.  The CDC estimates 9.4% of children have clinically significant anxiety, and 4.4% of

March 3, 2021

I think my child has PANDAS. What do I do next?

What is PANDAS?  PANDAS stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infection. This condition is characterized by a sudden onset of psychiatric sympto

February 10, 2021

Pathological Demand Avoidance: An Unrecognized, Important Subtype of Autism

Have you ever seen a child in your clinic who presents as “a little autistic, but not quite”? Perhaps nine-year-old Anna* makes good eye contact, speaks eloquently, and greets you like a talkative

June 18, 2019

A naturopathic approach to preventing tick-borne diseases in kids. Part III – Building a Tick-Kit

This article is the second in a three-part series on the prevention tick-borne diseases in children and families.  Part I reviews the timing of tick activity, types of ticks, diseases involved, a

June 12, 2019

A naturopathic approach to preventing tick-borne diseases in kids. Part II – preventing tick bites.

This article is the second in a three-part series on the prevention tick-borne diseases in children and families.  Part I reviews the timing of tick activity, types of ticks, diseases involved, a

June 4, 2019

A naturopathic approach to preventing tick-borne diseases in kids. Part I – Types of Ticks, Timing, and Geography

  This article is the first in a three-part series on the prevention tick-borne diseases in children and families.  This article, part I, goes over the timing of tick activity, types of tick

April 23, 2019

Is Your Child Getting Enough Vitamins and Minerals? A Guide to Testing for Nutritional Deficiencies (Part 3 – Iron)

Could your child have an iron deficiency? Iron deficiency is very common in kids, especially in infants and teen girls. Read on for the signs of iron deficiency, how to test for it, and what you can d

Did you know you can use a naturopathic physician for your child's pediatrician?

What to expect at your newborn’s well-visit with a naturopathic doctor

I love to see newborns in my practice and to be a part of this special time in a family’s life! As a naturopathic doctor, my newborn visits (and other well-child visits) are similar to any standard pediatrician, except my visits are typically longer. I spend a whole 45 minutes face-to-face with families, which allows me ample time to answer questions and concerns, as well as to review preventative care techniques for newborns or children. When should newborns go to the doctor? The timeline for well-visits depends on where the baby was born. If a baby was born in a local hospital,...

How To Raise an Intuitive Eater from the First Bite (from

How to Raise an Intuitive Eater from The First Bite

  As parents, we often spend a lot of time thinking about our parenting decisions, especially when it comes to food choices.  As a parent, I know I’ve worried when one of my children hasn’t eaten enough, or only wants toast for days on end.  And, as much as I want to feed them healthy food, I also want to raise them to trust their cues and instincts so that they choose foods that are also pleasurable and satisfying. Why? Because learning to really trust their instincts when it comes to hunger, fullness and satiety is a key life skill that...

Prepping for successful breastfeeding. (From

How To Feed a Newborn (Prepping for Successful Breastfeeding)

  Will breastfeeding come naturally? How do I learn how to breastfeed? Do I need to use formula? My mom and grandmother say it comes naturally and I don’t need to worry about it. But my friends have had trouble. Have I done what I need to do to be ready for breastfeeding? First of all, I can tell you from experience that breast-feeding does NOT (necessarily) come naturally. HOWEVER, I can also tell you from experience that a newborn left to his own devices will (almost certainly) find the breast and latch on. So the key is to educate and prepare yourself,...

What are man-boobs? Why is my teenager getting gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia (Man Boobs) in Teenage Boys

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); “Um, why does my son have boobs?” Parents sometimes ask this question about their newborn babies. After floating around in mom’s estrogen-rich womb for nine months, it’s normal for newborn babies to have little breast buds. This is both normal and temporary, and resolves with time. What is gynecomastia? Gynecomastia - or "man boobs," as it's more commonly called - is also normal in teenage males. About half of all teenage boys experience gynecomastia at some point during puberty. As the testicles develop and produce more testosterone, a young man may notice more facial hair, increased muscle mass, a deeper...

A naturopathic approach to treating thrush in babies and moms!

A Naturopathic Approach to Treating Thrush in Infants and Breastfeeding mothers

Lisa* brought her 7 week old infant Annabelle* in to see me with concerns about a rash and a thick white coating on the infant’s tongue that wouldn’t go away.  Lisa had a normal, healthy vaginal birth with no complications but did mention that she took Antibiotic medication at 38 weeks of pregnancy.  The white coating on Annabelle’s tongue started when she was about 3 weeks old and hadn’t changed in any way since.    When asked about breastfeeding, Lisa responded that went well in the beginning but in the last week or so her nipples had become very sore and...

The 5 Best Natural Sleep Remedies for Kids

Does the idea of your child sleeping through the night feel like a frustrating daydream? Most parents struggle with bedtime at some point in their kid’s lives. Insomnia is unfortunately common in people of all ages and it effects about 20% (i.e. 1 in 5) of children ages 5 to 12.[i] Up to 50% of kids will experience sleep issues during childhood.[ii] How Much Sleep Do Kids Really Need? Both sleep quality and quantity are important, because this is the primary time when the body rests and restores. According to the National Sleep Foundation within a 24-hour period is infants should sleep...

A naturopathic approach to treating RSV bronchiolitis.

A naturopathic approach to treating respiratory syncytial virus (RSV bronchiolitis)

What is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)? This mouthful of a name is the most common source of lower lung infections in young children. RSV has the potential to lead to bronchiolitis, which is inflammation of the smallest air passages of the lungs, the bronchioles. What are the symptoms of RSV bronchiolitis? RSV generally starts with mild cold-like symptoms (think congestion and mild cough), but in some children it can cause a more serious lung infection. Often children and babies with bronchiolitis will have a fever, moderate cough, lots of congestion, and wheezing. More severe signs and symptoms can include fast or troubled breathing, gasping...

PANDAS - When a tic isn't a nervous habit. Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections

When a Tic isn’t a Nervous Habit (PANDAS – Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections)

Kids sometimes pick up funny habits, such a clearing their throats, scrunching their noses, or using certain words or phrases frequently. Because bringing attention to nervous habits tends to make them worse, I typically advise parents to try and ignore whatever annoying little thing their kid is doing to see if it resolves on its own. Usually the child outgrows the habit, and that’s the end of that funny horking noise, annoying nose sniffling, or unusual head-jerking motion that originally had mom or dad so concerned. Sometimes, however, the habit doesn’t resolve, warranting further medical care. These children are often seen...

Gluten-free, dairy-free snack ideas. Naturopathic elimination diet ideas!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Snack Ideas

From Cheerios to goldfish, it seems the default snack in America today is the refined carbohydrate. Refined carbs quickly turn into sugar in the body, making them a poor choice for satiating hunger, creating balanced energy, or delivering much nutritional value. Furthermore, most refined crackers and breads contain gluten, which is known to irritate the nervous system. In addition to gluten sensitivity, many children nowadays also have trouble with dairy products, which can crease inflammation in the body, excess congestion (like stuffy noses and ear infections), and constipation. And as we've likely all noticed, high-sugar snacks like gummy chews and juice boxes can...

Understanding Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities (IgG vs IgA vs IgE reactions)

Understanding Food Allergy and Food Sensitivity (IgA vs IgG vs IgE reactions)

With a surge in recent advertising of gluten and dairy free foods, so many people are now wondering about food allergies. They wonder if they have food allergies, and if they too should be avoiding certain foods to improve their health. This can be a confusing topic, and this article is designed to help you understand the difference between allergic food reaction and food sensitivity or intolerance and whether you might benefit from food sensitivity testing. To answer this question, it is helpful to understand a little about our IgA, IgE, and IgG immune responses. IgA, IgE and IgE refer to...

Natural approach to getting rid of plantar warts!

A Naturopathic Approach to Plantar Warts (Getting Rid of Foot Warts Naturally!)

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); What is a wart, anyway? You’re tickling your child’s food and you notice a spot that is not like the others. It’s hard, grainy, a bit like a knot of skin and it might have some black or brownish speckles to it. Plantar’s warts are found exclusively on the feet and might cause pain while walking, especially when they are large in size.  Plantar warts are caused by a type of human papilloma virus (did you know there are more than 100 types of HPV?) that specifically targets the skin of the feet. You can get plantar warts from...

Reducing Death – One Means At a Time (Suicide Prevention for Teens)

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); An impressive and overwhelming website has just come to my attention.  I'd like to share it with you.  It's impressive because it contains so much information, which is what makes it overwhelming.  It's called Means Matter, and it's Harvard's attempt to reduce suicide.  I'm sure we would all love to reduce suicide, and the pain and suffering that precedes it.  But most of us would assume the way to do so would be to offer counseling in time of need, a shoulder for a friend to cry on, or perhaps a more broad based education and...

A Naturopathic Approach to Treating Asthma: Part II

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); If you haven’t read “A Naturopathic Approach to Treating Asthma: Part I”, now is the time to do so! In “Part I”, I discuss the basics about asthma and why certain medications may be appropriate. There are a variety of supportive naturopathic treatments available including treating allergies naturally, reducing inflammation, and decreasing the severity of asthma with the foods your child eats. Creating an asthma-friendly home: Lots of children have allergies to pollen, dust, and pet dander, which can make asthma attacks more frequent or more severe. Here are some simple tips that I recommend when a child’s...

Thyroid health for moms-to-be, moms, and babies. (Including a list of thyroid symptoms!)

Thyroid Health for Moms-to-Be, Moms, and Babies

I’ve helped many women become pregnant after they’ve “failed” several rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF). It didn’t take any fancy equipment, painful procedures, or expensive medications. It just took looking at these women like they were more than ovaries and uteruses. Many of these women had undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Once we discovered and corrected for this, they were quickly able to become pregnant – and stay pregnant. Optimizing thyroid health is also important for minimizing the risk of miscarriage, ensuring good development of a baby’s brain, and helping mom survive the postpartum period. What’s the Thyroid? The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits...

Why Am I Always Yelling, Tired, Crying? (Just What Is Postpartum Depression?) From Naturopathic Pediatrics. #PPD #Postpartum #Postpartumprogress

Why Am I Always Yelling / Tired / Crying? (Just What Is Postpartum Depression?)

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Do you find that you can't stop yelling at your family?  That you almost fall asleep driving yourself and baby to the doctor's office?  That you cry all the time?  It's possible you have Postpartum Depression.  Keep reading. I recently wrote an article on my personal blog about my experience with postpartum depression (PPD). I’m out of the woods now, but it lasted until my baby was well over a year old. I write about how I recognized it fairly early on and tried to get help for myself and did not succeed. Luckily for me it...

Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo spiced persimmon cookies. #YUM! #Glutenfree

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo Spiced Persimmon Cookies

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Paleo Spiced Persimmon Cookies These delicious paleo cookies are a perfect way to celebrate the Fall season! They are soft and chewy with just the right amount of sweetness and spice and since they don't contain any grains or dairy they are a good choice for health-conscious families and families with allergies. You can also make them vegan by substituting the eggs with ground flax or chia seeds. How to Ripen Persimmons In order to make these cookies you will need to locate Hachiya persimmons, which are the tear-dropped shaped variety most often used for baking. It's worth noting...

Magnesium for mental health: is your child getting enough?

Magnesium for mental health: is your child getting enough?

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Magnesium is an important mineral for children’s overall health. It’s involved in over 300 types of reactions in the body  including energy production, regulating the functions of the muscles, nerves and heart, regulating blood pressure and blood sugar, and helping to maintain a healthy immune system. (Yes, it’s that important!) Unfortunately, between two and fifteen percent of the general US population has a magnesium deficiency, and only about a third of Americans are consuming the recommended daily intake. With nine out of ten kids not eating enough vegetables, it’s not surprising that they may not be getting...

A naturopathic approach to treating asthma (part I)

A Naturopathic Approach to Treating Asthma: Part I

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Naturopathic doctors use a variety of strategies to treat children with asthma – this includes both conventional asthma medications and natural therapies. Before we talk about natural treatments it is important to know a little bit more about the basics of asthma. What is asthma, anyways? Asthma is a chronic lung condition where the airway becomes inflamed and swollen. The swelling narrows the breathing tubes (called bronchioles), and causes difficulties in breathing. Often certain triggers will irritate the muscles around the airway, causing something called a bronchospasm.  When a bronchospasm occurs the muscles squeeze the airways creating an even smaller...

Does your child have social anxiety? From Naturopathic Pediatrics.

Does Your Child Have Social Anxiety?

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Anxiety is a common problem.   Did you know that anxiety disorders affect 1 in 8 children?  Social Anxiety is just one type of anxiety disorder. There are others: panic disorder, selective mutism, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, OCD, specific phobias, and separation anxiety. You can learn more about all of these here. Anxiety is treatable, but most kids are not getting treatment, according to this report. What are the symptoms of social anxiety? Shyness Nervousness Fear (of going out, of new situations, of appearing foolish, etc) Avoidance of certain (social) situations and activities While all of us, especially adolescents, experience...

Can drinking more water make your kid smarter? Dr. Martin from Naturopathic Pediatrics explains

Can drinking more water make your kid smarter?

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Water intake is critical for many body functions, but it’s especially important for optimal brain health. It’s so important that the human body can’t live more than a few days without it. Water makes up to about 60-65% of your child’s total weight (up to 75% for infants). That’s a lot of water! Children are more likely to become dehydrated than adults because they lose more water through their skin. They also lack awareness of how much fluid they need to consume to stay hydrated. On top of that, they might not take into account all of the...