Karena is dedicated to the integrative and holistic care of children and specializes in a biomedical approach to treating Behavioural, Neurological, Immune, Respiratory, Digestive and Skin Disorders in children.
She is a certified Mindd practitioner and has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum (Autism, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, PDD NOS, Developmental Delay).
Allergies and food intolerance
Colds, Flu, Fever
Digestive disorders (including IBS, IBD, reflux, constipation, chronic diarrhoea)
Eczema, skin disorders
Reflux, colic in babies
Special Diets & Fussy Eaters
While it’s not always easy to change a child’s behaviours, using tailored strategies, I can help guide you and your child gradually through any behavioural changes necessary.
As a nutritional and environmental medicine practitioner I take the time to listen and get to know each child and parent holistically. Partnering in your child’s health care, you play an integral role in making decisions about your child’s treatment.
Prevention: Set your children up for optimum health and wellbeing for life by learning about healthy food choices and optimum nutrition.
Each stage of a child’s growth and development has significant, specific nutrient needs. Your child's diet and nutritional intake is directly related to their developmental, intellectual, emotional and physical progress throughout life so it’s imperative to give your children the best start possible through great food and lifestyle choices.
first-foods to introduce and when
diets for breastfeeding mothers
pre-pregnancy and pregnancy diets
creating balanced healthy meals and snacksfor the whole family
Combing evidence-based nutritional and environmental medicine with time-honored naturopathic principles, Karena is committed to the education and support of parents and children by customizing realistic and manageable whole-family health outcomes.
Each patient and family is treated on an individual basis and consideration is given to both illness prevention and treatment options to achieve optimum health benefits for the whole family.
foods for infants and toddlers
healthy lunch-boxes for school age kids
Paediatric Nutrition is about choosing the right foods and/or supplements, as well as implementing behavioural change, to provide optimum nutrients and nourishment to all the cells and organs of the child’s body. Foods and/or supplements should be age appropriate to the developmental stage of the child.
Every child’s health circumstances are unique and consequently their nutritional requirements are different. Optimal management of most conditions requires a thorough clinical and nutritional assessment to ascertain any imbalances (macronutrients and micronutrients), exclusion and challenge tests to detect food substances causing adverse reactions (allergies and intolerances), and appropriate blood/urine tests for significant toxins where indicated.
Through careful analysis of each child’s dietary choices & preferences, nutritional strategies can be applied to address health concerns or treat illness. Follow up monitoring is also required for optimizing long-term outcomes.