Saturday, October 22, 2011

So we went to a Naturopath today...

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that my son's health has improved dramatically over the past year since removing dairy and gluten products from his diet.  However, his sinuses have continued to be an on and off issue. 

We've been to our family doctor, an allergist and an ear/nose/throat doctor.  He's been on allergy medicine and antibiotics, and we've tried removing various foods from his diet, but he still has sinus issues.  Some days his nose is normal and dry, but others he wakes up stuffed and full of mucous.  On these days, he also gets a lot of saliva and drools almost uncontrollably.  So, although we still have a doctor's appointment with our regular family doctor later in the week, we thought it was time to try something new too.

So today we took our son to a Naturopathic Doctor.  I've never been against alternative treatments, but since we've never been to one, I didn't know what to expect.  Overall, it was pretty much like visiting any other doctor, only there was no waiting around and the appointment lasted an hour.  She took her time asking us questions about Etienne's history, going all the way back to the pregnancy, including eating and sleeping patterns, behaviour, vitamin intake and his symptoms. 

She recommended a few products, but wasn't pushy and suggested that we think about them until our follow-up appointment next week.  She recommended a multi-vitamin (he already is), and that we give him Vitamin D drops and Fish Oil.  The Vitamin D is something I've been meaning to put him back on, so I think we'll take that piece of advice. 

She also recommended digestive enzymes and probiotics.  I've never heard of these being recommended for children before, so I think I'll do a little more research before making a decision.  I'm also going to ask my family doctor for her opinion when I take my son to his appointment this week.  Hearing more than one opinion, along with doing my own research allows me to feel that I'm making informed decisions. 

I like the idea of an integrated approach to health care.  There are so many options available, I don't know why I wouldn't get advice from more as many places as possible when looking to improve my son's health.  If natural remedies, vitamins and supplements can help him maintain good health, then I'm open to integrating them with more traditional approaches to health care. 

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