Nutrition for Children’s Health: Practical assessment & approaches for improving brain, immune and gut function

23rd September  2021 - Update!

This short course has now SOLD OUT
It will be available to view on-demand towards the end of October/early November 2021.

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This short course...

  • is delivered: As an online course
  • is for: nutritional therapists, nutritionists, dieticians, naturopaths,  other health care providers  and final year nutrition students interested in applying  functional medicine approaches to health and well-being (i.e. exploring how nutrients, other foods and lifestyle factors influence the function of the body and how to apply findings in a person–centred manner that recognises individuals’ unique differences)
  • is with: Lucinda Miller MGNI MRNI MH FMU AFMCP
  • spans: 1 day
  • provides: BANT CPD 5 hours, NNA CPD 5 hours, ION CPD 5 hours*


Bringing up children can be a rollercoaster ride for parents. Parents can face a whole range of issues including how to feed and wean a baby, nourishing ‘selective’ eaters and  dealing with gut and immunity issues and anxiety or sensory processing issues.

We know that supporting bodies, minds and souls with proper food and nutrition builds the foundations for longer term health and resilience so that children and their families can stay happy, focused and well, even when life sends its challenges. Since a child’s brain and body development continues until they are well into their twenties, what they eat across this whole period lays down the foundations for their health in middle age and later years.

Working with children can be immensely rewarding because their bodies can often adapt so quickly and parents are often very motivated to put the work in. However there are some unique challenges, such as knowing what laboratory tests are the easiest and most informative for young clients and how to interpret them; how to implement diet changes from a child’s perspective and incorporate these into family life, and how to choose appropriate food supplements and ensure safe dosing.

Lucinda Miller has 25 years’ experience working with children and their families and a wealth of practical expertise to share. She will explain the key dietary and nutrient needs for feeding a child’s brain, immune system and gut and the science behind this for each stage of development from conception onwards. She will then provide some case studies covering a range of areas including eczema, chronic constipation, ADHD, Autism, PANDAS, and long Covid.  

ION's courses have a strong reputation for providing impartial and evidence-informed education. This course has been structured and designed based on best practice in delivering an effective and interactive online learning experience.


What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Explain the biochemical and microbial imbalances that may contribute to a child’s overall development and health and be able to evaluate their potential importance in person-specific contexts based on history taking, test results and other forms of evidence.
  • Critically analyse some of the latest research findings, debates and approaches around the management of children’s health and be able to judge their appropriateness to support personalised recommendations.
  • Critically appraise key dietary recommendations, tests, potential supplements and related approaches to support children’s health  and be able to apply this knowledge to personalised recommendations

What will be covered?


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Session 1 (10-11.15am)
Brain, immune and gut support from conception to reception

  • Pregnancy and post-partum health - the importance of nourishing the maternal brain, immune system and gut
  • Nutrition in the first year of a baby’s life – the pros and cons of breastfeeding vs bottle milk, practical advice for fever management and supporting developing immune systems, reaching developmental milestones, and weaning. National vitamin and mineral supplementation guidelines- are these helpful and sufficient?
  • Q and A
  • Toddlers – How to recognise and support delays in speech, developmental regressions and managing the ‘terrible two’s’. When and how to refer (where required)
  • Toddler immunity and gut health: Encouraging healthy eating patterns and setting the foundations for life.
  • Session key points
  • Q and A

Session 2 (11.30 am - 12.45pm)
Brain, immune and gut support for school aged kids

  • Early Years: Triggers, mediators and support for those with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and sensory processing issues. When to refer and how.
  • Early Years - Triggers, mediators and support for those with eczema, asthma, allergies and gut health issues
  • Q and A
  • Tweens – Triggers, mediators and support for early puberty as well as PANS/PANDAS. When to refer and how
  • Teens – Support for the adolescent years, including supporting skin health, mental health and eating disorders. Boundaries of safe working practice. When to refer and how.
  • Session key points
  • Q and A

Session 3 (1.45pm- 3pm)
Case Studies to illustrate history taking and choices of tests / supplements

  • Eczema, Asthma & Chronic Constipation
  • Autism and ADHD
  • Q and A
  • Long Covid
  • Session key points
  • Q and A

Session 4 (3.15pm-4.30pm)
Practical feeding and supplement tips

  • How to support allergies and intolerances
  • How to work with ‘selective’ eaters
  • Q and A
  • Supplement 101 - top tips
  • Working on a whole family approach to children’s health
  • Session key points
  • Q and A
  • ebinar waiting room opened

Session 1 (10-11.15am)
Developing personalised and staged functional medicine recommendations for specific oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone-related patterns

  • From menarche to menopause – pattern overview with a focus on oestrogen and progesterone
  • Managing oestrogen-progesterone balance and supporting healthy hormone metabolism
  • Case study reflection
  • Managing testosterone patterns in women
  • Monitoring progress using testing and clinical assessment and modifying your plan accordingly
  • Session key points
  • Q and A

Session 2 (11.30 am - 12.45pm)
Developing personalised and staged functional medicine recommendations for managing the menopause

  • Common themes in menopause management – nutrition, lifestyle and mind-body interventions and considerations around HRT, including recent evidence
  • HRT options (synthetic, body identical and bio-identical) – what’s the difference; which are available on the NHS and how best to support clients access these
  • Sexual health and contraception around perimenopause
  • Case reflection
  • Important considerations in post-menopausal health, including neglected areas such as addressing increased risk of cardiovascular disease and  certain cancers and cognitive support
  • Session key points
  • Q and A

Session 3 (1.45pm- 3pm)
Practical applications:  HPA-HPG axis case studies

This session will bring our earlier learning to life, looking at case studies in HPA-HPG axis management from the award-winning Synthesis Clinic. We will cover timeline and matrix consideration in each case and management plans, including nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle and mind-body approaches, as well as integrative medicine options.

  • Case study 1
  • Case 1 Q &A
  • Case study 2
  • Case 2 Q&A

Session 4 (3.15pm-4.30pm)
Complex women’s health cases and extended care team working

This session will cover different options in women’s healthcare, including medical, psychological and integrative modalities and potential indications for additional input. We will discuss how to work more effectively within extended care teams to support your client and successfully communicate your approach to GPs and other healthcare professionals.

  • The role of different professionals in women’s health and when/how to refer
  • Working with medical professionals effectively and guidelines for communication
  • Case study 3
  • Case 3 Q &A

Who is leading the course?


Lucinda has around 25 years of experience as a naturopath and gained a diploma in Naturopathic Iridology and Western Herbal Medicine (MGNI MRNI MH) from The Holistic Health College. In 2008 she gained a further diploma from Functional Medicine University and is a fully qualified NLP coach and mentor for kids with ADHD and Autism. She is a full member of the Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists and the British Herbal Medicine Association and the Association of Master Herbalists. 

Lucinda is the founder and clinical lead of NatureDoc and runs a team of UK-wide nutritional therapists specialising in women’s and child nutrition. Her team are lucky to work alongside a number of paediatricians, child neurologists and psychiatrists. 

Lucinda is the author of two bestselling cookbooks The Good Stuff and I Can’t Believe It’s Baby Food! She is a mother of three children and lives in Wiltshire.

How will I be taught?

ION’s courses reflect best practice for online teaching and learning practice.  We aim to offer a variety of interactive formats to support you with participating in online events.  We also provide regular review and recap sessions and try to encourage critical thinking and reflection. The course will include case studies and Q&A sessions.

How much does it cost and what’s included?

The course price is £119.00. 

  • Live online course and ability to ask some questions (within set times)
  • PDF of presentation
  • Edited recording available to view for 90 days
  • Confirmation of attendance and ION CPD 5 hours*
  • BANT CPD 5 hours, NNA CPD 5 hours

Important information

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  • Where indicated in the programme, a recording of the course will be available a few weeks after the course to view for 90 days.


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