Dr. Jamine Blesoff has an emphasis in providing care to infants, children, and their families. While working in primary care in Seattle, Washington she realized the importance of helping families establish a healthy foundation as they grow and help guide the understanding that true preventative medicine starts with raising healthy infants and children. Her consultations serve to supplement regular preventative well child visits; often providing support around solid food introduction, building a healthy immune system, and healthy nutrition.
Families seeking holistic, integrative, and natural medicine are welcome to call and schedule with Dr. Blesoff. In Illinois, naturopathic doctors are not licensed to provide primary care. Please see Licensing and Education for more information about limits to services.
Dr. Jamine Blesoff frequently works with infants and children (and their families) to address common health concerns including:
Infant reflux is a more and more common diagnosis in babies. Though it is normal for infants to experience spitting up, there are times when this becomes a concern. Learn more about natural medicine for infant reflux.
Colic is characterized as a behavioral syndrome that presents as chronic abdominal pain and excessive crying that can’t be resolved with soothing strategies. It is tricky and often challenging for babies and families. In some infants, it may be a developmental phase that lasts up to 6-9 weeks. For others it may indicate discomfort from excessive gas or bloating.
Constipation is the decreased frequency and difficult passage of bowel movements. There are safe and effective nutrients and remedies that naturopathic doctors use to improve bowel movement pattern in babies and toddlers.
Eczema is an immune response in the skin that causes inflammation. This presents itself as red, itchy, dry patches over various parts of the body. Learn about treatment options and natural medicine for eczema.
Diaper rash is a form of dermatitis (inflammation of the skin) that is located around the diaper area (buttocks and genital region) of an infant. It often appears red and swollen with occasional blisters or pimples. It can be related to a yeast overgrowth infection or bacterial skin infection. Naturopathic doctors utilize herbal remedies that help resolve the infection and repair integrity of the skin around the diaper area.
Herbal and Nutritional Immune Support
Allergies are immune reactions to the environment, foods, or plants/animals. They may be serious immediate anaphylactic reactions or can produce a wide variety of symptoms in children and babies including:
- Sore throats
- Chronic cough
- Recurrent ear infections
- Allergic shiners (discoloration under the eyes)
- Skin rashes
There are a variety of testing options used for identifying chronic allergic symptoms. Naturopathic doctors may recommend a referral to an allergy specialist or consider food sensitivity testing to identify specific allergy triggers.
Recurrent Ear Infections
Naturopathic doctors utilize herbal and nutrient therapies to treat ear infections in kids and babies. They also work to identify the underlying cause of recurrent ear infections through testing and nutritional analysis.
Fever is a beneficial immune response to acute illness there are times when it can interrupt sleep for the sick child (and rest of the family) or drag on too long. Naturopathic remedies are effective for supporting the body’s fever response, making it more efficient to fight infection and speed recovery from illness. These can be used as an alternative to the use of anti-pyretic medication, which suppresses the fever response, often prolonging illness.
Acute Illness such as Cough, Diarrheal Illness
Naturopathic doctors often utilize many herbs and nutrients that are safe and effective to use during acute illness or to support recovery such as probiotics, hydration guidelines and immune supporting herbs specific to the respiratory or gastrointestinal tracts.
Food intolerance and Special Diets
Some health concerns in children and babies are related to gastrointestinal health and food sensitivities. It is helpful to work with a naturopathic doctor who can help support the child and family with removing suspected food triggers and reintroduction of foods in a timely, organized matter.
These may occur in children as young as 4 years and up to 14 years of age. This is often characterized by symptoms of intermittent pain in both lower extremities, usually occurring during the night. Kids may describe the pain as “deep inside” their legs but most often this does not limit their level of activity during the day. When other causes of musculoskeletal pain have been ruled out, supportive therapies are the best bet for addressing growing pains. Nautropathic doctors may use nutrients such as magnesium to help with nighttime discomfort.
Difficulty Falling Asleep or Staying Asleep
There are many herbs that are safe and effective to use in children with difficult or sub-optimal sleep patterns. Naturopathic doctors will explore the causes and reasons why your child isn’t getting enough quality sleep and may recommend nutritional or herbal remedies to help.
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