Nutritional deficiencies in children

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

Children and Food

Nutritional deficiencies can express themselves in many different forms.

Some signs and symptoms can include but aren't limited to:
anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, behavioural outbursts, skin conditions eg eczema, hives, itchy eyes and ears, unexplained fatigue, mouth problems eg cracking around edges, ulcers, rashes, diarrhoea or constipation, bloating, lack of appetite even overeating and cravings, excess sweating, frequent infections, restless, fidgety, pain in legs, obesity.

The most common signs of nutrient deficiencies that I see in my clinic are temper and fussy eating.

The major reason for nutritional deficiencies is poor diet.  However, there are other reasons.  It is possible that the digestive system is not operating effectively, preventing food from being broken down and absorbed.  Contributing factors to this may be a past history of infant reflux and other gastrointestinal disturbances from birth.

I often notice when children are having difficulty breaking food down they eat a 'beige' diet, bread, pasta, chicken nuggets, chips etc. It may not be just your child being fussy they may need some gut repair work.

Seek professional help sooner rather than later as it is easier for children to make and accept changes at a younger age.

The first 8 years of a child's life lays down the blueprint for the rest of their life.


Who am I?

I am a Bachelor qualified Naturopath who specialises in improving metabolic processes in the body and reducing metabolic inflammation. Major areas for improvement include gut health, thyroid, kidney, liver, weight loss and mental health. Conditions such as fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, irritable bowel conditions, depression & anxiety. I help my patients by giving them symptomatic relief while working on repairing the underlying causes of metabolic stress and waste accumulation. 

What if the solution was as simple as changing your diet and your mindset. A growing number researchers believe that it is and that you can prevent or even reverse several of our worst diseases.
As a Naturopathic Doctor and Nutritionist I wholeheartedly believe this could also be possible and that the solution isn't just another pill.  I've spent many years developing my program where I have been able to successfully help my patients reduce and even eliminate their pharma meds, lose weight (most lose 6-8 kilos in 8 weeks) and feel full of energy again and I've helped them take back their health and improve their lives and habits. I can help you too.

Melissa Callaghan ND, BHSc, BTeach
Clinical Naturopath


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