In the last 48 hours I have had over 40 texts and phone calls from patients asking how they can protect themselves and their children from this latest deadly threat. The Coronavirus.

Firstly don’t panic. As with most of these ‘outbreaks’ the hype is often worse than the actual issue. Fear is loved by the media, however, we do need to be vigilant and take as many precautions as possible.

Here is some basic info on the coronavirus, and how you can keep your immune system supported so that if you are in contact with the virus, you have better immune strength to deal with it.

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Stimulate or suppress?

Finally the powers that be are seeing the light!

While watching ABC morning news last week, I saw an item they did on pain relief where they were suggesting that parents NOT give children Panadol for instance when the child has a fever. ‘Just ride it out’

WOW what a turn around! This is something that natural health practitioners have been saying for years, well decades really!

So what does this mean? It means don’t panic if your child becomes unwell.  Fever is a good thing. As the body is working to kill off any bugs that shouldn’t be there, the body heats up. It’s a natural body process. When you give your child Panadol you are aborting the ‘kill off’ process. One of the functions of the body is to develop the immune system, which is not fully developed in children until around puberty. Getting childhood illnesses is normal, natural and important, and fever is always a part of any illness. Read More

Winter-proof your toddler

Childrens-health-pageWe are blessed with some sunny days here in Sydney, despite it being the middle of winter. Don’t be fooled though, the cold winds still hover and the bugs abound! A cold is usually not a serious illness in itself, and will generally self-resolve, however it is very infectious. The cold virus is thought to be the most infectious up to day four of your symptoms, which does include the few days before you get obvious symptoms.
During winter children are particularly vulnerable. Children generally have around six to eight colds each year, and they can have as many as twelve a year when they first go to childcare centers or school. Toddlers have very little immunity to cold viruses, they also don’t have a fully developed immune system. Some experts believe that a child’s immune system is not fully developed until they are around puberty and they reach the adult levels of antibody formation. Certainly by that age they would have been in contact with many of the cold viruses and could have a much better resistance.

The tiny toddler, with very little exposure to the 200 plus cold viruses that are in our environment can come down very quickly with cold symptoms of a runny nose and watering eyes, and without much time or warning it can develop into a bronchial cough, very sore throat or ear infection.

Here are some tips to help keep your toddler healthy through our cold winter months.

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MeaslesRecently there have been a few cases of measles reported in Queensland. Not just  younger children but also youths and adults seem to be showing up with this virus at the moment.

Measles is a very contagious illness, but for the great majority of people, not nearly as deadly as the media tends to let us think. Measles, or any other virus, is not the enemy! Your internal terrain, and your immune capability are the important factors in determining your health and ability to deal with the outbreak of any viral or bacteria infection.

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Children’s Health

We all want the very best of health for our children. In fact, the one really vital thing we need for our child is good health. Not just good health, but vibrant health. And it is within your grasp if you simply know what to do that can keep your child as healthy as possible.

Generally most people aren’t aware that there are many very effective natural remedies and protocols that can be used at  home as simple first procedures that could save their child from many unwanted colds, ear infections, stomach bugs, headaches and infectious illnesses, and many unnecessary trips to the medical center. Read More