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Author Archives: Optimal Family Wellness

Gut health

Tummy troubles: Five ways to support your child’s gut health, naturally

By Allison Riehs | Naturopath As a parent, it’s always hard to see our little ones suffering with tummy troubles and belly aches. Even if they can’t tell us they’re hurting, we usually know.  But upset tummies and digestive difficulties … Read More

What is your child’s poop trying to tell you?

By Allison Riehs | Naturopath What is your child’s poop trying to tell you? It’s not a pretty subject, but as parents, we’re pretty familiar with our children’s poop.  From that very first newborn nappy change to toilet training, we … Read More

How to treat fever naturally in children

By Allison Riehs | Naturopath It’s midnight. Your little one has been restless all night. Their temperature is rising. And you don’t know what to do. As a parent, it’s always distressing when a child comes down with a fever … Read More

reflux after food

Could your reflux be caused by a food intolerance?

Could your reflux be caused by a food intolerance? By Allison Riehs | Naturopath We’ve all experienced the discomfort of acid reflux and indigestion from time to time. Namely after too much Christmas pudding, or that second slice of birthday … Read More

Life after lockdown: Winter immune support for children with special needs

Life after lockdown: Winter immune support for children with special needs By Allison Riehs | Naturopath Life is entering a ‘new normal’ as lockdowns are lifted across much of Australia and communities emerge from months of isolation. But for families … Read More

lunch boxes

Back to School: Easy lunchbox ideas for busy parents

Back to School: Easy lunchbox ideas for busy parents  By Allison Riehs | Naturopath The holidays are over and the children are back at school. This time of year can come as a welcome relief for tired parents after all … Read More

Could your child be living with Pyrrole disorder?

Could your child be living with Pyrrole disorder? By Allison Riehs | Naturopath Any parent of a child battling with behavioural issues understands both the relief and fear that comes with a diagnosis. Commonly, behavioural disorders present alongside gut health … Read More

Restorative Sleep

Six secrets to restorative sleep

Six secrets to restorative sleep By Allison Riehs | Naturopath “I slept like a baby.” Whenever I hear someone say that, I figure they’ve either never seen a baby sleeping, or they’ve spent the night crying and eating themselves to … Read More

Do you have a leaky gut?

Do you have leaky gut? By Allison Riehs | Naturopath The gut plays a vital role in our overall wellbeing, so when the microbiome is compromised – so too is our health. And it’s not just responsible for belly aches … Read More

Sugar and childhood behaviour

Sugar and your child’s behaviour

Sugar and your child’s behaviour By Allison Riehs | Naturopath If you think your child is extra hyperactive after colourful breakfast cereals, lollies at grandma’s house or sugar-filled birthday parties, you’re not alone.  We all know sugar isn’t good for … Read More