10 Things that happen to children when they sleep with their mouth open.

Mouth breathing in children is a lot more serious than we used to think. Although it’s natural to partly breathe through the mouth when speaking or doing exercise, we are actually born to breathe through our noses, not out mouths! Yes, that’s right. Humans are obligate nasal breathers. This means, if you breathe through your […]

POLLEN PLAGUE! Why we are hitting the worst allergy season ever and the newest treatments to help.

Spring is a beautiful time of year and most people welcome the warmer weather and longer days with open arms. Unfortunately, while there are plenty of reasons to love spring, for many Australians the first day of September marks only one thing – the beginning of the dreaded hay fever season. While many Australians may […]

Naturally effective mould spray : Guide for the home

Quick Tips to cleaning household mould. Cleaning Kids ToysThe classic bleach-bath water mixtureIngredients1/2-3/4 cup bleach (white king, domestos)Tub of water (bath tub or deep laundry tub suitable) MethodAdd Bleach into the tub of water. Soak toys overnight and the next day squeeze residue water out of the toys. Then lay out to sun and air […]

Don’t let allergies take the SPRING out of your step this pollen season!

Spring is a beautiful time of year and most people welcome the warmer weather and longer days with open arms. Unfortunately, while there are plenty of reasons to love spring, for many Australians the first day of September marks only one thing – the beginning of the dreaded hay fever season. During World Allergy Week […]

The agony of hives

For some, hives are an existence of chronic irritation. They present randomly, burn, sting and campaign to ruin your day with constant reminder. For those lucky not to have experienced them yet doesn’t mean you won’t. There is a 15% chance you could get hives at least once in your lifetime (girls, your chances are […]

What are we really putting in kids mouths? Hidden Dangers in kids toys.

Did you know people are finding mold in kids’ toys; sippy cups, teething toys and rubby duckies- scary, right? Recent headlines in the news of parents discovering black mould after breaking apart the spout on the underside of the lid of their TommeeTippee cups is real! Who would of thought there would be recalls of […]

organic foods not necessarily better for food intolerances

Growing fruits and vegetables without pesticides and herbicides makes them substantially increase their own production of natural salicylates and other protective chemicals! These natural chemicals present in many ‘healthy’ foods can be a real problem for some patients whom have salicylate, amine and glutamate sensitivities. What are chemical sensitivitiesThese natural chemicals, amines and glutamate are […]

Mouth breathing epidemic. And how this simple screening question for kids could prevent adverse effects on facial growth, health, academic performance and prevent behavioural issues

The vast majority of health care professionals remain unaware of the negative effects of mouth breathing in children on normal facial growth and physiological health. At Australian Allergy Centre and collective.care Allergy/ENT clinics, where I work, we are have decided to proactively reach out to tell patients as well as health care practitioners including general […]

A few serious things your Doctor might not tell you about hayfever you need to know!

Many people do not recognise that hayfever, otherwise known as Allergic Rhinitis, is one of the most common chronic respiratory conditions in Australia with an estimated 3.2 million sufferers (AIHW 2010). It causes serious annoyance – the sneezing and itching and irritation is one thing, but the chronically blocked nose, snoring + mouth breathing, fatigue […]

7 Nutritious tips to share with new parents that help understand allergy

As a GP working in family medicine and Allergy, I recognise it’s hard to keep on top of ever-changing research and guidelines on what to feed children. If only the headlines could keep still for long enough we may be able to digest the facts to disseminate the right information to parents!  Guidelines surrounding infant […]

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