Every parent knows that there is nothing worse than when your child is sick or unwell. We all know that as the primary carer, getting sick ourselves is not an option. Because without us the ship will sink.
It is with this in mind that I have spent the last few years putting together my “Dream Team” of health professionals who I can call on in an emergency. But more importantly, who will assist my children and I to work towards maintaining optimal health in the hope that we can ‘prevent’ rather than ‘cure’. This is a growing list and I will be adding to it overtime as we meet new people and as our needs change.
- Chinese Acupuncturist and herbalist
- Naturopath/Homeopath specializing in infant care
- Chiropractic Care
- Dietician and GAPS practitioner specializing in infants and children
- Family Medical Doctor
I have always been fairly health conscious and found myself steering towards alternative medicine when the need arose, so my natural instinct was to enlist the help of individuals who specialize in Chinese medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy and acupuncture as this is more inline with my own philosophy when it comes to health care.
It took some time and it cost me approximately $300-400 to meet with a variety of practitioners to whom I introduced my children. At these appointments I explained what I was hoping to achieve and found out more about each of their treatment philosophies, treatment options and experience with babies and young children. This process gave my husband and I the opportunity to find health practitioners who were like-minded and shared the same philosophies about health and wellness as we do. [i.e. not jumping straight to drugs, antibiotics and medical intervention).
All things considered, it was well worth the effort. And making important decisions such as these is so much easier when your child is healthy happy and well.
Not everyone made the cut and my list may change over time, I have put together my ‘Dream Team’ list, which I am happy to share with you. [All of the practitioners listed below have experience dealing with infants and come highly regarded.]
MY DREAM TEAM
Julia Chazan – Naturopath and Homeopath
Remède Wellness Medicine, Mosman Park
08 9286 1166 http://www.remede.com.au
Julia is a highly qualified and experienced naturopath with extensive clinical experience in both naturopathic and conventional medicine. Her first career in medicine was in intensive care as a registered nurse, before qualifying as a naturopathic medicine practitioner in 1992 from the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies with the prestigious award of Dux of Studies.
In addition to her Naturopathic medicine qualifications, Julia also holds a Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology) from Glasgow University and is a Registered Nurse from a hospital in London. She has also completed post-graduate training in BioImpedence Analysis and has lectured at the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies and the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine and is a highly sought after speaker for various government departments, hospitals and corporate groups in Perth and Scotland.
Why do I want Julia on my team?
I felt comfortable with Julia straight away and felt that she understood and believed strongly herself in what we were trying to achieve. She took a thorough approach to her questioning covering family medical history, details of our conception, my pregnancy, our birth, general wellbeing and she took her time assessing our nutrition. She took the time to check my little pickle’s eyes (iridology), ears, tongue and finger nails to get a picture of his current health and predispositions. We talked for a long time and she was open in communicating where she felt would be a good place to start and what we might be able to do together moving forward. Julia talked extensively about nutrition, recognizing that by exclusively breastfeeding my child I would experience a somewhat depleted health bank myself. This would mean I would require some nutritional support that in turn would support my little pickle. In order to treat us effectively, Julia requested a few sessions focusing on just myself. [I wrote this post in 2013 and it is now 2017, we don’t see Julia anymore as we have moved out of the local area and have been using other practitioners that were recommended].
Wade James – Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinawest Clinic Fremantle
08 9335 3111 http://chinawest.com.au
Wade James is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist with over 20 years experience. Wade has an ongoing commitment to the development of the TCM profession in WA, Nationally and internationally. He co-ordinated the delivery of the first professional four year program in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Perth that has over 50 graduates. As a Director of Chinawest Pty Ltd they distribute the highest quality Chinese herbs nationally to TCM practitioners. He is a Director of The Shanghai International TCM Seminars, a new and innovative event held in Shanghai. Through extensive travel in China he has established training links to several leading TCM hospitals for Australian and International TCM students and practitioners. And he has presented academic papers at National and International TCM conferences. Wade writes a regular column for the Mind and Body section in The West Australian Newspaper.
[Note: In Chinese medicine, for the first 5-12 months or so, it is the mother that is treated, not the child.]
Why do I want Wade on my team?
In the initial stages Wade’s primary focus is the mother and works with both herbal medicine and acupuncture to restore body balance. Wade is passionate about natural, holistic methods of healing and understands our desire to facilitate the natural healing processes of the body.
Jan Hilbert – Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine Centre – East Fremantle
08 9339 8988 http://www.chinesemedicinecentre.net.au
Jan Hilbert is the founder of the Chinese Medicine Centre. He studied Acupuncture at the University of Technology, Sydney in 1997 and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Acupuncture. After successfully completing the German healing practitioner license (Heilpraktiker) in 2002, he has been in full time practice for over 10 years. He spent several years studying the fine techniques of Japanese Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Meridian therapy and has since deepened his work through the study of the classical ways of Daoist medicine. He is a student of Roy Jenzen’s School of Internal Martial Arts since 2006 and is committed to the development of these internal skills. Jan is a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).
[Note: In Chinese medicine, for the first 5-12 months or so, it is the mother that is treated, not the child.]
Why do I want Jan on my team?
I have been seeing Jan intermittently for the last 11 years and he has been able to assist me with tonsillitis, colds and flu’s, restoring energy, improving sleep and blood strengthening for all over health and vitality. He has achieved all of this with acupuncture alone. As I was already comfortable with Jan’s treatment style and his own philosophy on health; I wanted to know more about his experience with children and infants. We discussed a couple of acupressure points which can provide instant relief to a child of any age with a high fever and he explained that he has ben able to treat his own children at home using a combination of massage, acupuncture and Chinese herbs. He also explained that in the first 12 months or so, it is the mother that receives the treatment.
Now that my children are older, ages 4 and 2, they see him every few months, either to assist with an ailment or just for a general touch up to keep them strong. Jan’s manner with the children is so special, they really warm to him and he treats them according to what they want and how they feel.
Dr Andrina Chien – Chiropractor
Open Space Healing Centre – Douro Road, South Fremantle
ph: (08) 9336 1180 http://www.openspacehealing.com.au
Health and wellness have always been a vital element to Andrina’s life. Here is a little about her:
My areas of special interest are women’s health, paediatrics, athletics, family wellness and nutrition. Over many years I have developed my knowledge in these areas through post graduate work. I am committed to serving an exceptional experience to everyone, including infants, children, families, athletes and seniors.
My early experiences with Chiropractic inspired me to want to help other people. After 5 years of study, I received my Doctor of Chiropractic degree with honors, from Murdoch University. I also received the award in my year for clinical imaging (X-ray). Since that time I have worked in two clinics, in Karrinyup and Leeming, before creating Openspace.
I have a passion for holistic health! In 2005 I completed my training as a Craniosacral therapist with the Upledger Institute, and I am a qualified Reiki practitioner. I am also a certified Kundalini yoga teacher with a specialisation in pregnancy yoga, and member of KYTANZ (Kundalini Yoga Teacher’s Association).
In 2011 I started teaching at Murdoch University in the role of supervising clinician, and I was voted the WA Young Chiropractor of the Year, by the Chiropractic Association of Australia (CAA WA). I was a director on the board of the CAA WA in 2007 and 2008.
It is a privilege to help people experience optimal health. I love taking care of my client’s children, and their children’s children. It is so rewarding to see generations of a family at a time improving their quality of life.
We believe that the maintenance of health is far superior to the treatment of disease, and our mission is to inspire our clients to be healthier human beings who live life to the fullest. At Openspace, we make it a point to listen to you, explain everything in advance, answer questions, and be a constant source of support.
Why do I want Dr Andy on my team?
I will start with the obvious, Andy is a beautiful human. Her approach to health is holistic rather than purely symptom based. She took the time to find out about our family routines, our health habits and general health before making an assessment of our children.
We started seeing her after my daughter had a big fall off a trampoline, she was in pain and had stopped walking. I was really worried and I contacted Andrina immediately; she made space in her schedule to see us on the same day. Within just one session, my daughter had regained full movement and we discussed a treatment protocol for the next couple of weeks to check in and see how she was going. Andy put me at ease straight away and I relaxed immediately in her care. She was so kind; as soon as she completed her initial assessment, she held me and told me that my daughter was fine, would rebalance quickly and that it was all ok. Just what I needed. I had been so stressed.
Andy takes special care and attention with each of my kids and makes them feel happy and relaxed. They love seeing her and my eldest who is 4 years old tells her that “everybody in the world should see Dr Andy because it would make them all happy”.
Sally Gray – Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist and GAPS Practitioner
Real Healthy Kids – Yallingup
Sally Gray, is the founder of Real Healthy Kids. She is a qualified and practicing Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist and Counsellor and has worked in the field of natural health for over 15 years. Over that time she has specialised in women’s and children’s health and focuses most of her time working with families and children to restore health and create improved health outcomes.
Most recently she has become a certified GAPS Practitioner and as such is qualified to further the ground breaking work of Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride and provide real healing solutions for those who suffer a wider range of conditions from autistic spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, allergies, intolerances, asthma, eczema, infant health issues, pregnancy health issues, auto-immune conditions, reproductive issues and all gut conditions.
We attended Sally’s “Exceptional Child Health Naturally” course in 2015, it was excellent! We came away with a handbook of “natures first aid kit remedies” which I have referred to numerous times since then. It was really quite invaluable and I highly recommend Sally’s courses.
Why do I want Sally as part of my team?
- Both my husband and I have autoimmune conditions so there is a strong possibility that our children could develop an autoimmune condition. We can minimize this risk through correct nutrition and maintaining a healthy gut (for both parents and children).
- The literature and research suggests that all autoimmune conditions are associated with intestinal permeability (Leaky gut) syndrome. As such healing the gut is just as important as treating the condition.
- Our kids needed to have their gut strengthened right from the start and a specialized GAPS diet from 6 months onwards along with prescribed herbs can assist with this process.
- Sally will handle most of the nutritional side of things for our children along with our own knowledge.
In selecting my team I have opted to go for local practitioners but have also added Sally Gray, who is available by phone and email. Each of the practitioners have assured me that they will be able to see my children quickly if an emergency arose and that each of them are committed to treating infant illnesses/emergencies as a priority.
In a nutshell
- Getting some ideas about how you want to have your precious child treated and cared for BEFORE they become sick or unwell is an important step.
- The decision making process is much easier when you are not stressed by a child that is unwell.
- Find a team that is like-minded and respects your decisions. You do not want to be battling or arguing with your health care providers each time you try to follow your own beliefs. Examples include: Vaccinations, use of drugs for treatment, use of alternative medicine for treatment, seeing other health care providers, the best way to feed your child.
- Always have back up plans in place in case you cannot quickly access your primary carer.
- Have some essentials at home to assist if your child is sick in the middle of the night and you need to take action. Examples may include: Homeopathics, herbs, hot and cold packs, fever drops, thermometers, etc
Seeing your child unwell is never going to be easy, but having the confidence to deal with things quickly and efficiently with the support of a qualified and trusted team will certainly make it easier.