Natural health has become an increasingly popular option for adults in the past two decades.
But there have been less complementary health services aimed at children.
So a team of homeopaths, nutritional therapists and other practitioners have decided to launch Stubbington Children’s Clinic.
Based at the established Stubbington Natural Health Clinic, the team are using their skills to help pregnant women, children and teens.
Nutritionist Rachel Jessey is one of the experts launching the service. She says: ‘We thought about whether there was a need for it and decided that from our experience more parents were looking for something like this.
‘There is a definite movement from parents/carers to use complementary therapies for their children and most of the time these are perfectly safe to use alongside medical care.’
Services include cranial sacral therapy – a gentle touching technique on parts of the body including the head, homeopathy – a system of complementary medicine, and nutrition advice.
There is the option of a pregnancy package and weaning advice. Rachel says: ‘Every baby is different, some like to go straight into finger foods and feeding themselves and others prefer puree foods, so I think parents welcome help and advice.
‘Diet is also a real concern for parents once their children get a bit older. The trouble is there’s a lot of information out there and it can be confusing.’
Rachel says a nutritional therapist can work with and advise parents of children with different conditions. ‘Some parents might want to try taking something out of the diet but it’s important to make sure the lost nutrients are replaced with something else.’
The services of dietitians are available through the NHS.
A nutritional therapist can work with patients who want to try options based on less established research. Rachel stresses that all complementary therapies are in addition to conventional health services.
Rachel has some free advice. ‘One of the biggest problems is children not getting enough vitamin D because our biggest source is sunlight. As long as kids aren’t burning they need some sunlight. But food sources include oily fish, eggs and fortified products. Supplements are also available.
For information on services visit stubbingtonnaturalhealthclinic.co.uk.