FACT: Pediatricians spend 10-15 minutes for well baby visits. -Journal of Pediatrics
Well Baby Visits: Dr. Joy offers well baby visits for the first year and beyond. These visits include a growth and development evaluation, physical exam, breast or bottle feeding evaluation and education topics. Dr. Joy spends an hour for each well baby/child visit which allows for plenty of time for questions, discussion and helpful handouts
Education Topics Covered in the First Year
3 months- Teething, First Fevers, Tummy Time
6 months- Introduction of Solid Foods, Prevention of Allergies
9 months- Prevention and home treatment of colds and flus
12 months- Parenting a Toddler, Toddler Nutrition
MYTH: All ear infections need to be treated with antibiotics.
FACT: Most children with acute otitis media (70 to 90 percent) have spontaneous resolution. Antibiotics should not routinely be prescribed for all children. – Journal of American Family Physician
Common Childhood Ailments effectively treated with Naturopathic Medicine
- Cold and Flus
- Ear Infections
- Digestive complaints
- Recurring infections
- Sleep disturbances
- Night Terrors
- Behavioral Problems
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Children have such pure and incredible vitality. When naturopathic medicine is used to stimulate the vital force this is often all that is needed to facilitate complete healing. Naturopathic pediatrics is always working towards health and preventing illness before it occurs. This can be accomplished through monitoring growth, creating a healthy environment, and providing good nutrition. Simple, gentle and effective treatments such as Homeopathy and Hydrotherapy are used to stimulate the vital force during common illnesses of childhood. These therapies are also effective in the more rare chronic diseases of childhood and in mental, emotional and learning disorders. Usually the earlier disease can be addressed the easier it is to treat. When low force naturopathic interventions are used side effects and suppression of symptoms that can cause future problems are avoided.
The incredible advantage of being both and ND and a Midwife allows for natural, holistic, and preventative medicine for the whole family from preconception through adulthood. When education and health prevention begins before birth and relationships are built between the family and the healthcare provider, powerful and efficient preventative medicine naturally occurs.
Choosing Homeopathy for Children
Tips for New Parents
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that uses natural substances from plants and minerals to stimulate the individuals’ innate healing ability. We call this innate healing power the vital force or the healing power of nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae).
There are over 3,000 homeopathic remedies. The homeopath chooses one remedy that best matches the overall state of the individual. For example, no two people with earaches present in exactly the same way. Usually they need two different remedies. Homeopathy does not only treat the earache, it will treat the whole individual and all the symptoms the individual is experiencing whether it is physical, mental or emotional. When the correct remedy is prescribed, the individual moves towards health without suppressing symptoms or causing side effects. Homeopathy is non-toxic and does not interfere with medications or herbs. It is one of the most cost effective and powerful medicines available today.
The medical science of homeopathy was founded by a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann about 200 years ago. It is being used extensively in Europe, Israel, and India. It is gaining popularity in the United States. Health professionals that practice homeopathy include Naturopathic Physicians, Osteopathic Doctors, Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Veterinarians, and trained professional Homeopaths.
For more information about homeopathy:
New England School of Homeopathy
The National Center of Homeopathy
Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians