Developmental Disorders are becoming more common. Medical Scientist and Naturopath Annalies Corse has some sound advice. A specific subset of neurological conditions is known as developmental disorders. These are increasingly prevalent, yet inadequately understood behavioural, psychological and psychiatric disorders that present in childhood. Due to the very early age of onset and the increasing links between developmental disorders with maternal transfer, genetics, nutrition and lifestyle...
Preconception care is crucial and often greatly underestimated step in preparing to conceive a baby. It is an opportunity for you and your partner to improve your health and correct any nutritional deficiencies in the 3-4 months before trying for a baby. Many studies recognise that nutritional deficiencies, illness, toxin expose and other factors influence the health of the egg and sperm. By taking action now before pregnancy, you can prevent many future problems for yourself, your ability to conceive, your growing foetus and eventually your child.
Neurological Conditions and Childhood Neurological Conditions, in particular, are disorders of both the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral nervous system (all body nerves). This collection of conditions is so vast, many sub-categories of disorders exist: mental health conditions, dementia’s, epilepsy, acquired brain and spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis
autism and learning difficulties
The above are all forms of neurological illness, but each is very different. The aetiologies (causes) of these diseases represent some of the most complicated clinical situations for modern medicine to manage.
How many hours do they spend on screen-based activities such as watching videos on a smartphones, tablets or laptops?
Infants and toddlers are in the age group that must have little to no screen time at all. But, what is screen time?
Screen time is the amount of time spent on media devices such as TV, mobile phones, computers, tablets, etc. More and more parents turn to these technological devices to keep their children "pre-occupied". This is to keep them from crying or from climbing on the furniture and so on.
But more recently, the American Academy of Paediatrics announced that children should have no exposure to media devices up to 2 years of age.
There has been an increasing amount of talk about the connection between our healthy gut flora and disease. Recently the research has widened to include the effect on behavior, mood, and feelings. Two recent studies reflect the critical role the gut-brain connection plays in children.
Dr Leila Masson reports on this critical research…
Functional Medicine is a new way for practitioners and patients to interact so the best outcome can be achieved for the patients' health. As Dr Mumper explains: "Functional Medicine is not your 10-minute doctor visit." It is much more about looking at the complexity of the body and how all the various networks work together, she explains.
Once a parent or patient understands the foundations of Functional Medicine, they're empowered to manage their health and that of loved ones by making the right lifestyle and treatment choices – including working with a Functional practitioner.
Learn the most common reasons for children to be Picky Eaters. From about 2-3 years toddlers typically become more choosy about their food. This is a period when they do not grow quite as fast as during their first two years; they also discover their power of no and are generally quite busy – there are far too many things to discover and explore in the world to allow you time for sit down dinners!
Don't despair – your child will most likely start to eat more variety again by the time she is four years old.
In analysing Childhood Sleep patterns, children who sleep less have been shown to be prone to a higher body mass index (BMI), and increased anxiety or low self-esteem.
Paradoxically, anxiety and low self-esteem may affect sleep duration and predict increased BMI, according to a recent cross-sectional study.
Spanish researchers analysed the sleep patterns of 291 schoolchildren aged around 9 years old. Using BMI measurements, anxiety and depressions scales, and parent interviews, they aimed to establish how anxiety, low self-esteem and less sleep interact with an increase in children's weight.