Author Archives: Optimal Family Wellness

Our story with CMV…

It’s one of those things you think will never happen to you. Until it does. Despite having two other living children, and a history of miscarriages, premature births and high-risk pregnancies, I had never even heard of cytomegalovirus, or CMV … Read More

Is detoxing important for your child?

This is a really important topic, because many of our children today are suffering with some form of chronic disease or condition. Whether it be chronic eczema, an autism or ADHD diagnosis, an autoimmune condition, allergies, anxiety, asthma, the list … Read More

Does my child need vitamins?

Making sure your child is getting the nutrients they need As parents, we dream of our children sitting down to healthy meals each day – vegetables, whole grains, proteins, fresh fruits, and healthy fats. Perhaps a jug of organic nut … Read More

The must-have natural remedies for every family

What’s inside a naturopath’s first-aid travel bag? When it comes to family holidays or simply heading away for the weekend, there are a few natural remedies I never leave home without.  More and more families are reaching for natural and … Read More

Tube and PEG feeding real foods

How to introduce wholefood nutrition to tube-fed children Hearing that your child needs a feeding tube is a daunting experience for any parent. Immediately the mind is filled with questions. What do I feed them, how do I do it, … Read More

Parenting a child with PANDAS

Personal insights on a holistic approach to supporting children with PANDAS PANDAS is one of the many conditions I’ve had extensive experience with as not only a naturopath, but as the parent of a child living with it. Like all … Read More

additives and adhd

Does red cordial really change your child’s behaviour?

And other questions answered about food additives, artificial ingredients, and ADHD In recent years we’ve seen the world become more aware of the dangers of too much sugar. But the links between food additives and poor health outcomes extend far … Read More

The important role of food and nutrition in supporting children with autism

The best, and worst, foods for children on the spectrum When it comes to supporting children with autism, people often think about medications and complex therapies. But food and nutrition can be just as important. Research is continually uncovering the … Read More


The best probiotics for babies and children

When looking for probiotics for babies and children, a lot of parents will reach for the first option on the shelf. But did you know not all probiotics are created equal? How do you know which probiotics to choose? Do … Read More

Child sleep

How to help your child get a good night’s sleep

By Allison Riehs | Naturopath Parents know all too well the difference a good night’s sleep can have on a child’s moods. Going to bed too late, getting up too early, or waking up throughout the night can cause havoc … Read More