Functional medicine is a personalized and integrative approach to healthcare which involves understanding the prevention, management and root causes of complex chronic disease. The ultimate goal is to heal disease and promote a healthy life.
At Well Rooted Pediatrics our primary focus is prevention of disease (before the disease process has begun). If chronic illness is already present, then we will help identify and treat the root cause of your child’s health issue.
Please call to speak to our patient care coordinator to discuss your concerns. An additional intake form will be sent to you to complete at least 2 weeks prior to your appointment. Please provided all relevant testing or lab work done in the past 12 months prior to the appointment.
At the initial appointment, the history will be reviewed and an individualized plan developed. Immediate recommendations will be made which may include dietary and lifestyle changes or nutritional supplements. In addition, functional medicine testing may be ordered in order to take a deeper dive into understanding your child’s specific health issues. Follow up appointments are made for 4-6 weeks to review any labs and updated the customized plan of care. Most are seen at least 3-4 times after the initial visit. Referrals to naturopaths, chiropractors or other pediatric specialist may be necessary.
Functional/Integrative appointments are billed to your insurance. However, specialty testing may not be covered by insurance.
We strive to look at attention difficulties as a symptom of something else occurring in the body. Which may include,
We refuse to accept the answer there is nothing that can be done for a child with an autism spectrum diagnosis except external therapies. While there is no doubt these therapies are crucial to help kids on the spectrum, there is a growing body of research into multiple potential underlying contributors that are driving the autism epidemic:
Does your child have regular bowel movements? Complain often of belly pain?
Often an unhealthy gut goes unnoticed because the symptoms seem completely unrelated such as a skin condition, neurologic symptoms, immune dysfunction, etc.; however, sometimes the symptoms are undeniably due to an issue within the GI tract and may result in constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain. We look at a number of factors that influence gut health including: Medications, Antibiotic and Steroid Use, Environmental and Dietary Factors.
Common GI related conditions we treat:
Headaches should not be common. If your child is consistently experiencing headaches or headache pains we will help to determine the triggers and cause.
This may be addressed with:
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infections (PANDAS) is a disorder seen in children after they experience a Group A Strep infection. PANS shares many of the same symptoms and markers as PANDAS — the key difference is that PANS doesn’t come from a prior strep infection. Common symptoms of PANS/PANDAS may include:
We will help you determine what triggers may be occurring and reduce symptoms for your child.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that together can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. There are five specific factors that can put you at risk for it:
Will discuss things like dietary changes, exercise, stress level and gut health. The goal is to address some of these things and reverse metabolic syndrome as early as possible
Children with anxiety may not present the same symptoms as adults, which may make anxiety disorders difficult to identify. Symptoms may include difficulty falling asleep, abdominal pain, change in appetite, bed-wetting, anger/irritability, social with-drawl, trouble concentrating.
Taking a proper history about how the child is feeling and when symptoms appeared is the first step. Evaluating the gut-brain connection is also important because dysbiosis and inflammation of the gut have been linked to increased anxiety and depression. Treatment plans for children with anxiety may include treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as lifestyle and dietary changes.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a pruritic, chronic, relapsing inflammatory skin disease, which has been increasing in prevalence since the 1960’s. It is believed that environmental factors, socioeconomic issues, genetic predisposition and immune dysfunction all play a role in its development and progression. We will help find the specific triggers which may include:
Allergies are an inflammatory condition where your child’s immune system “overreacts” to a substance. We believe that the inflammation caused by allergies directly affects histamine levels and other inflammatory responses in the body.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of kids that are treated for one of these conditions using the conventional medical model are only being treated at the symptom level, and no attempts are being made to discover and address the underlying cause of the illness.
We look at a number of factors influencing imbalanced immunity:
If we find that you child may benefit from immunotherapy, we offer oral allergy drops that are administered at home. Naturally occurring allergenic extracts are used to formulate a customized allergy treatment. This effective natural product is free of the chemicals and compounds found in traditional allergy medications. These drops are customized to your child’s specific sensitivities by Allergy Choices. Treatment length is usually 3-5 years.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease which causes inflammation in the lungs and bronchial tubes. The prevalence of asthma has increased globally over the past several years caused by many things including genetics and environmental factors.
Once diagnosed with asthma, we will work to discover your child’s triggers. A treatment plan is developed which will include correcting nutritional deficiencies, decreasing inflammation, and addressing gut health in conjunction with any maintenance medications and/or rescue medications. Asthma Action Plans will be developed so parents can recognize and address worsening asthma or an asthma attack when it occurs.
We require Asthma follow up appointments every 3-6 months to ensure that the child’s asthma is well controlled
Your immune system defends your body against attack from viruses, harmful bacteria, pathogens, or diseases that you come in contact with. But this complex system of defense can be compromised or imbalanced by many lifestyle factors, including food allergies, toxins, and sudden illness or viruses.
Healing autoimmune illness is a special blend of changes to your diet, stress levels, and incorporating natural medicines and lifestyle adjustments to restore and retrain your child’s immune system, and decrease inflammation.