Naturopathic doctors (NDs) focus on treating the whole person and the cause of an illness or disease. NDs work with parents and children to achieve optimum health and wellness.
Naturopathic medicine focuses on prevention. Naturopathic pediatric doctors focus on keeping a child healthy from birth and preventing disease as a child gets older.
Natural medicines are generally very gentle and safe. They don’t have the same risks and side effects that many medications have. However, pediatric naturophathic doctors are trained in both conventional and natural treatments. They write prescriptions for medications as necessary for the child.
A very important part of a Naturopathic doctor’s role in a child’s health is developing a lasting relationship with the child and their parents. Office visits are typically longer than a traditional pediatrician visit. This is vital part of providing the best care possible and ensuring the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of a child’s health are all taken into account.
Pediatric naturopathic physicians also typically accept patients who chose not to vaccinate, vaccinate on an alternative schedule or follow the typical vaccination schedule. They are highly knowledgeable in the risks and benefits to vaccination.
Licensed NDs attend an accredited 4-year naturopathic medical school and must pass professional board exams to practice medicine. Select NDs can choose to pursue a specialty in pediatrics and have the opportunity to become board certified in naturopathic pediatrics.
Naturopathic pediatrics is about creating and nurturing healthy, happy children. If you feel your child may benefit from the help of a naturopathic doctor, call to schedule a free 15-minute consultation with Dr. Smialek.