Well-Rooted Pediatrics

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Voted Most Loved Pediatric Office in McHenry County. Holistic and Functional Pediatrics


๐Ÿ“ข Interrupting your scroll to preach about SUGAR. ๐Ÿญ

Say it with me ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ
๐Ÿ‰ Sugar from fruits = good.
๐Ÿฌ Added sugars (think high fructose corn syrup, refined white sugar, dextrose, glucose, syrups, etc) = bad.

Sugar is added into tons of processed foods and wreaks serious havoc on our health. It's linked to diabetes, obesity, behavioral changes, and even cancer. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Sugar is HIGH in calories with NO nutritional value. The average American consumes way more than the recommended daily value, with adults downing about 22 teaspoons and kids slurping up a whopping 32 teaspoons a day! ๐Ÿฌ

According to the American Heart Association:
๐Ÿ”ธWomen should eat no more than 100 calories (25 grams or 6 teaspoons) of added sugar a day.
๐Ÿ”ธMen should eat no more than 150 calories (36 grams or 9 teaspoons) of added sugar a day.
๐Ÿ”ธChildren and teens should consume less than 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons, of added sugar per day... And we think it should be even less than that - for everybody!

On average, Americans get about 10% of their caloric intake from sugar, and some even get 25%. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
That is A LOT of sugar and calories with NO nutritional value and HIGH health risks associated with overconsumption.
In a recent study, scientists found that โ€œparticipants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar"

Let's take control of our health by being mindful of what we eat and cutting back on these harmful sugars. Your body, your gut, and your health will thank you! ๐Ÿ‘

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and many, many more...

Dr. Robert Lustig: How Sugar & Processed Foods Impact Your Health


Last year we were voted "BEST Pediatrician in Holistic Care"โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹ ๐Ÿ™Œ AND we took the entire category for BEST and ONE OF THE BEST in Holistic Care!โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹ ๐Ÿ—ณ VOTE DAILY to help us maintain our title!

It's "Best of the Fox" time again!! ๐Ÿ†
๐Ÿ”ถ Find us under "HEALTH & WELLNESS" ๐Ÿ”ถโ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
๐Ÿ”ธ Be sure to vote for Well-Rooted Pediatrics under "PEDIATRICIAN"โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
๐Ÿ”ธ AND vote for Well-Rooted Functional Medicine under "HOLISTIC CARE"โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
โœ… VOTE FOR US DAILY thru 7/7/24!โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
Daily voters will be entered in a drawing to win some great prizes! ๐ŸŽโ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
We are on track to make 2024 our best year yet! ๐ŸŒŸ We can't do any of it without you! ๐Ÿ’š We thank you so much for your continued support!!

IG link in stories and bio!


ME: ๐Ÿค”... let's not even get started on the side effects. ๐Ÿ™Š

๐Ÿฉบ Our goal at Well-Rooted is to determine the root cause of symptoms, illness, and disease in order to promote overall health and wellness. Sometimes, medications are absolutely necessary, but much of the time they are just masking or managing symptoms, not getting to the root cause or promoting the body to heal.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธFunctional medicine practitioners can provide personalized approaches to address the underlying causes of disease, promote lifestyle changes, and potentially reduce the reliance on medication while optimizing long-term health outcomes. Functional medicine takes into account an individual's unique biochemistry, genetics, and lifestyle factors to personalize treatment.

If you or your kiddo are looking for answers or alternatives to conventional treatments, give us a call!

Pediatrics - Well-Rooted Pediatrics:
โ˜Ž๏ธ 815-322-9300
๐Ÿ“Crystal Lake, IL
๐Ÿ“Oak Brook, IL
โ˜‘๏ธTelehealth available for IL, WI, IA and FL

We have an adult side to our practice as well. Make sure you're following -->
Adult practice - Well-Rooted Functional Medicine:
โ˜Ž (815) 355-1605
๐Ÿ“ Crystal Lake, IL
โ˜‘๏ธ Yes, we do offer telehealth consultations for Illinois patients!
โ˜‘๏ธ Yes, we now can work with CareCredit! Call our office to apply.


๐Ÿ“ข WE ARE HIRING!! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ Come be a part of your favorite pediatric team!

We are looking to fill the following position ASAP! ๐Ÿ•ฐ Please share with anyone you know who may be interested!
๐Ÿฉบ PART-TIME Functionally-Trained Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Crystal Lake, IL

The right candidate for any of these positions is someone who...
๐Ÿ’› leads with Empathy
๐Ÿ’› believes in the 'Thank You' economy
๐Ÿ’› loves empowering kids and families
๐Ÿ’› has a passion for Holistic and Functional Medicine
๐Ÿ’› is committed to delivering an exceptional experience to patients and their families

๐Ÿ”—SEE FULL JOB DESCRIPTION WITH THIS LINK IN OUR STORY AND LINK IN BIO: https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:b933c317-97ef-32e4-a549-2e31108b272f

Please send an email TITLED WITH THE POSITION YOU ARE APPLYING FOR with a resume and cover letter explaining why you'd be a good fit for the position to:
๐Ÿ“ง [email protected]


"I cannot stress enough how wonderful this practice is. We see Valerie in Oakbrook and she has been absolutely amazing. In our first appointment she ordered testing that previous providers had not recommended (and we have seen other quality providers in the same type of practice) based on our concerns and got us some concrete answers and a solid plan of action. She also referred us out to a specialist in relation to some of his test results and although some people may find that frustrating, I genuinely appreciate when providers are upfront about their limits within their practice and keep whatโ€™s best for the patient at the forefront. She has been a blessing to our family and especially our sonโ€™s health. She has provided us with clarity and answers for issues our son has struggled with for years. If you are interested in really looking at root cause and are looking for a provider who is attentive, invested and really listens I highly recommend Valerie at Well-Rooted."

๐Ÿงก If you're looking for compassionate care and real, root-cause answers when it comes to the health of your children, come see us!

Why Choose Us?

๐ŸŒŸ Personalized Plans: Tailored to Your Childโ€™s Unique Needs
We craft customized treatment plans because we believe in treating the whole child, not just symptoms.

๐ŸŒŸ A Holistic Perspective: Collaboration and Comprehensive Care
Our holistic approach involves collaboration with specialists and in-house clinics for comprehensive care from all angles.

๐ŸŒŸ Accessible Support: 24/7 Availability
We're here round the clock because health concerns donโ€™t adhere to office hours.

๐ŸŒŸ Real Results: Transformations in Childrenโ€™s Health
Experience remarkable transformations as we address root causes, not just symptoms.

Your child deserves the best!!

๐Ÿ‘‰ Donโ€™t Settle
Never settle for standard answers; advocate for your child's health and keep searching for solutions.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Join the Movement
Join our community, whether near or far, and be empowered to advocate for your child's well-being.

What sets us apart from the rest?

๐Ÿ” Transparent Pricing:
We prioritize your childโ€™s health over insurance dictates, providing transparent pricing and affordable testing.

๐Ÿ” 24/7 Support: Always Just a Call Away
Access our caring professionals anytime, because your concerns matter to us.

๐Ÿ” Handpicked Professionals Aligned with Our Values
Trust our handpicked team, dedicated to your family's healthcare mission and values.

Join us on the journey to Well-Rooted health!

๐Ÿ“ Crystal Lake, IL and Oakbrook, IL
โ˜Ž๏ธ 815-322-9300โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
๐Ÿ“ฑ Telehealth in IL, WI, IA and FL


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๐ŸŒฑ Supporting Natural Detox for Kids: Start Early, Thrive Naturally! ๐ŸŒฟ

In today's world filled with environmental pollutants and processed foods, it's crucial to nurture our children's bodies with healthy habits for natural detoxification. Here's how:

๐Ÿฅค Encourage Hydration: Ensure your child drinks plenty of water throughout the day to flush out toxins and keep their systems running smoothly.

๐ŸŽ Healthy Diet: Provide a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods provide essential nutrients and antioxidants to support the body's natural detox processes.

๐Ÿšซ Limit Processed Foods: Reduce intake of processed foods with additives and preservatives that can burden the body's detox systems.

๐Ÿฅฆ Include Fiber: Fiber-rich foods aid digestion and help eliminate waste and toxins from the body.

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ Promote Physical Activity: Encourage regular exercise to support circulation and natural detox processes.

๐Ÿ˜ด Adequate Sleep: Quality sleep is crucial for overall health and detoxification.

๐ŸŒณ Limit Toxin Exposure: Minimize exposure to environmental toxins by using natural cleaning products and reducing air pollution.

๐Ÿ’ฆ Promote Sweating: Encourage activities that promote sweating, such as exercise or time spent outdoors in warm weather.

๐Ÿƒ Support Liver Health: Include foods like cruciferous vegetables, garlic, and leafy greens to support liver function, a key player in detoxification.

๐ŸŒฟ Herbal Support: Certain herbs like dandelion root and milk thistle can aid in detoxification, but consult a healthcare professional before introducing supplements.

๐Ÿฌ Limit Sugar Intake: Excessive sugar consumption can burden the body's detox systems.

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Manage Stress: High stress levels can negatively impact detox processes, so promote stress-relief activities like mindfulness and yoga.

๐Ÿ’ฉ Regular Bowel Movements: Ensure your child has regular bowel movements to eliminate waste and toxins effectively.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Lead by Example: Children mimic their parents' behaviors, so model a healthy lifestyle to encourage them.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ Let's nurture our kids' health from the inside out and teach them healthy practices that will last a lifetime! ๐Ÿงก


MTHFR ๐Ÿงฌ Ever heard of it? Only in recent years has MTHFR become more widely known, though it is still widely misunderstood.

The MTHFR gene encodes an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, crucial for a process called methylation. ๐Ÿ”„ Methylation has many roles in the body, and plays a pivotal role in detoxification, DNA repair, neurotransmitter balance, and so much more.

Maybe you have leaky gut, frequent migraines, history of miscarriages... maybe your kiddo has food sensitivities or behavioral difficulties... Maybe these symptoms have gone on seemingly unexplained... ๐Ÿง If you have been left wondering, MTHFR may be to blame!

๐Ÿค” Why does MTHFR matter? When there's a mutation in the MTHFR gene, it can negatively impact methylation, which in turn can affect various aspects of health.
Severity and specific symptoms of MTHFR gene mutations can vary widely among individuals. ๐Ÿ”Ž This is also what makes it so difficult for many practitioners to understand and diagnose.

Conditions that have been proposed to be associated with MTHFR include:
๐Ÿ”น cardiovascular and thromboembolic diseases (specifically blood clots, stroke, embolism, and heart attacks)
๐Ÿ”น depression
๐Ÿ”น anxiety
๐Ÿ”น bipolar disorder
๐Ÿ”น schizophrenia
๐Ÿ”น colon cancer
๐Ÿ”น acute leukemia
๐Ÿ”น chronic pain and fatigue
๐Ÿ”น nerve pain
๐Ÿ”น migraine
๐Ÿ”น recurrent miscarriages in women of child-bearing age
๐Ÿ”น pregnancies with neural tube defects, like spina bifida and anencephaly.. and many more.

๐Ÿงฌ The impact of MTHFR gene mutations is influenced by factors such as the type of mutation, its genetic inheritance (homozygous or heterozygous), and overall lifestyle and environmental factors. ๐Ÿ”ฌ Unless you have problems or have testing done, you may never become aware of your MTHFR mutation status.

๐Ÿฉบ If you suspect MTHFR in yourself or your child, seek help from a healthcare provider, especially one well-versed in functional medicine, for appropriate testing, diagnosis, and personalized treatment strategies. ๐Ÿฅ— Dietary modifications, ๐Ÿ’Š supplementation, and ๐Ÿšถ lifestyle changes can help manage symptoms and support overall health in individuals with MTHFR gene mutations.


Photos from Well-Rooted Pediatrics's post 05/31/2024

๐ŸŒฑ Summer break is here, and if your kiddos are "bored" at home, it's the perfect time to encourage them to unplug and tap into their imagination! ๐ŸŒŸ Remember the days before technology took over? It was a time of boredom, but also a time of boundless creativity and problem-solving skills. ๐ŸŽจ

If your kids are whining to you that they're bored, that's ok! ๐Ÿ˜Ž We don't have to have activities planned for our kids every moment of every day. We don't have to give in to the whines for video games or screen time, or answer to "what can we do?"

In today's fast-paced world, we're constantly bombarded with screens and distractions, but unstructured "empty" time can actually foster creativity and imagination. ๐Ÿ’ญ Studies show that boredom stimulates problem-solving areas in our brains like nothing else. ๐Ÿง 

Let's teach our children to embrace downtime and discover the joy of just *being* without constant external stimuli. ๐ŸŒˆ As '90s kids, we didn't have Google or TikTok to rely onโ€”we had to create our own fun! ๐Ÿš€

๐Ÿ‘ Boredom is a gift that allows children to explore their own interests, discover their passions, and learn to be self-reliant.
๐Ÿ‘ It provides moments of quiet where kids can reflect on their own thoughts, emotions, and experiences without external influence.
๐Ÿ‘ It provides an opportunity for children to face and overcome feelings of frustration, restlessness, and discomfort and how to manage these emotions and develop resilience.
๐Ÿ‘ Boredom forces kids to experience the real world first hand where they develop common sense and logic - skills that cannot be developed by watching a Youtube video.

If inspiration is needed, here are some activities to suggest (some may require a little help):

๐ŸŽจBreak out the coloring books or drawing supplies
โœ‚๏ธ Get creative with arts and crafts
๐Ÿงฉ Work on a puzzle or play a games
๐Ÿ“š Read a book
๐Ÿฐ Build a fort
๐ŸŒฑ Plant a garden
๐ŸŽญ Put on a play
๐ŸŽต Have a dance party
๐ŸŒŸ Explore nature
๐Ÿงธ Go through old toys to donate and maybe rediscover forgotten faves

Next time your kids complain of boredom, see it as an opportunity for growth and creativity! ๐ŸŒป Empower them to entertain themselves and discover the magic of imagination. โœจ

Photos from Well-Rooted Pediatrics's post 05/30/2024

๐Ÿšซ Constipation Is NOT Normal!! ๐Ÿšซ

At Well-Rooted Pediatrics, we recognize that childhood constipation isnโ€™t just uncomfortableโ€”itโ€™s a sign that somethingโ€™s not right. Beyond diet and lifestyle factors, even parasites can wreak havoc on young digestive systems, disrupting gut health and contributing significantly to constipation.

Hereโ€™s How We Tackle It:
๐Ÿฅฆ Boost Fiber Intake: Load up on fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Fiber is essential for maintaining regular bowel movements and overall gut health.
๐Ÿ’ง Hydration is Key: Encourage your child to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Proper hydration softens stools, making them easier to pass.
๐Ÿƒ Stay Active: Physical activity helps stimulate intestinal movements, vital for bowel health.
๐Ÿ•’ Establish Routines: Having a regular bowel routine can significantly improve constipation issues.

Digging Deeper:
๐Ÿ” While most cases of constipation in children are resolved with diet and lifestyle changes, persistent issues require further investigation. Sometimes, even underlying emotional stressors like peer bullying, family conflict, or behavioral challenges contribute to gastrointestinal symptoms.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš•๏ธ Personalized Care When You Need It:
If diet and routine adjustments donโ€™t clear up the constipation, it's important to consult a healthcare provider. At Well-Rooted, we conduct thorough evaluations to understand the unique causes affecting your child. Whether it's lifestyle, emotional factors, diet, or a need for medical intervention, we're here to find the solution that works best for your child.

Every child deserves a comfortable, active, and healthy life! If your child is struggling with digestive issues, donโ€™t wait. Reach out to us and letโ€™s get to the root of the problem together. Your childโ€™s journey to better health starts here. ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒˆ

Give us a call with questions or to make an appointment! โ˜Ž๏ธ 815-322-9300
๐Ÿ“Crystal Lake, IL
๐Ÿ“Oak Brook, IL
๐Ÿ“Telehealth available for IL, WI, IA and FL

Photos from Well-Rooted Pediatrics's post 05/29/2024

๐Ÿšจ Are you aware of the warnings on your tube of toothpaste? ๐Ÿšจ Every fluoridated toothpaste advises that if more than the amount used for brushing is swallowed, immediate medical attention or Poison Control should be contacted. This caution raises important questions about the everyday use of fluoride, especially considering its widespread presence in not only toothpaste but also in many areas of drinking water and oral rinses. ๐Ÿฆท๐Ÿ’€

The Risk of Fluoride:
While fluoride is celebrated for its ability to fight cavities when applied topically, its toxicity to the body cannot be overlooked, particularly when ingested. Regular ingestion can lead to a range of health problems, sparking a significant debate about its safety in our daily lives. ๐Ÿ“Š๐Ÿšฑ

A Safer Alternative: Hydroxyapatite
If youโ€™re looking for a fluoride-free way to protect your teeth, consider toothpastes containing hydroxyapatite. This naturally occurring mineral, which makes up 97% of our tooth enamel, is scientifically proven to strengthen and protect teeth just as effectively as fluoride.

Why Hydroxyapatite?
Naturally Occurring: Found in our bones and teeth, itโ€™s compatible with the body.
Effective: Clinically proven to remineralize and repair enamel, reducing the risk of cavities without the risks associated with fluoride.
Safe: With decades of use in Japan, hydroxyapatite is renowned for its efficacy and safety, boasting over 40 years as a dental care staple.
Ideal for All Ages: Especially suitable for kids and adults who might accidentally swallow toothpaste.

โš ๏ธ Toothpaste is used daily, and the accumulation of fluoride from multiple daily exposures over a lifetime can have unknown long-term effects on our health. Itโ€™s crucial to consider what weโ€™re putting into our bodies repeatedly, day after day.

๐ŸŒฟ Switching to a hydroxyapatite-based toothpaste can be a simple yet effective step towards healthier, safer dental care. Letโ€™s prioritize our health with informed choices about the products we use regularly!

๐Ÿ”— Some info in this post was sourced from Dr. Lina Garcia, a holistic dentist located close to home for many of us in S. Barrington, IL. https://drlinagarcia.com/fluoride-risks


Honoring and remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom this Memorial Day. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Our offices are closed today. We will reopen tomorrow 5/27 at 9 a.m.

If you have an established pediatric patient with an urgent concern, our on-call nurse is available 24/7. Call the office 815-322-9300 and follow the prompts.

We hope everyone has a safe and well Memorial Day Monday. โค๏ธ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’™


Happy Friday! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Memorial Day Weekend is the kick off to summer fun that we've all been waiting for!๐ŸŒž

What are you looking forward to most, or what would you add to the summer list? ๐Ÿ–Š

Photos from Well-Rooted Pediatrics's post 05/23/2024

๐ŸŒŸ A Journey to Clearer Skin: Overcoming Keratosis Pilaris Naturally! ๐ŸŒŸ

We're thrilled to share a recent success story of one of our patients! Our 11-year-old patient with severe keratosis pilaris has made incredible strides by working with our team embracing a holistic approach to her skin condition. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’ช

Keratosis pilaris or "chicken skin," often mistaken for rough, bumpy skin can be frustrating and uncomfortable. While itโ€™s commonly genetically predisposed, factors like diet, lifestyle, and environmental conditions can exacerbate the symptoms.

For this dedicated young patient, targeting gut health and adjusting her diet were key. ๐Ÿ”‘ Within just 6 weeks of starting her personalized treatment plan, which included tackling gut bacterial overgrowths and removing inflammatory foods, she experienced major improvements in her skin's appearance and texture. ๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿšซ

๐Ÿ‘‰ Supportive Tips for Managing Keratosis Pilaris:

๐Ÿงด Moisturizing Matters: Keep your skin soothed and hydrated by using gentle, fragrance-free moisturizers daily. This helps prevent the skin from drying out and reduces the rough texture associated with KP.

๐Ÿฅ— Embrace a Balanced Diet: Focus on anti-inflammatory foods that nourish your skin from the inside. Include plenty of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and flaxseeds, and load up on colorful vegetables to boost your vitamin and mineral intake.

๐Ÿก Adjust Your Environment: Protect your skin from harsh elementsโ€”use a humidifier at home to maintain moisture levels in the air, and dress in layers to shield your skin during colder months, which can help minimize dryness and irritation.

This transformation is not just about achieving smoother skin, but also about enhancing overall health and wellbeing. Weโ€™re so proud of her hard work and the positive changes sheโ€™s embraced! ๐ŸŒŸ

Are you or your child dealing with keratosis pilaris? You donโ€™t have to struggle alone. Let us help you find a holistic and effective approach tailored to your specific needs. Reach out today, and letโ€™s start your journey to healthier skin and a happier life! ๐Ÿ’Œ


๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿšซ As the flowers bloom and pollen fills the air, many of us turn to quick fixes like Flonase (fluticasone) for relief. But did you know that this common allergy treatment can lead to severe side effects? ๐Ÿคง๐Ÿ’”

๐Ÿ‘‡ THIS is why we don't recommend Flonase to our patients! ๐Ÿ‘‡
Flonase is a corticosteroid, which means it's not just any ordinary nasal sprayโ€”it's a potent steroid that can have significant long-term consequences if not used carefully. Overuse or long-term use can increase your risk of:
- Serious allergic reactions
- Hormonal disorders affecting the adrenal glands
- Nasal sores or a yeast (fungal) infection in your nose or throat
- Higher risk of infections
- Possible development of cataracts or glaucoma
- Weakening of bones or osteoporosis
- Delayed growth in children

This is why we urge extreme caution and consumer awareness. ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ” Itโ€™s important to understand the potential risks associated with treatments like Flonase. Always read the warning labels and consider how long you're using these medications. We recommend avoiding them entirely.

There are safer nasal sprays that can help ease congestion and nasal allergy symptoms like dryness and itchiness. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‘ƒWe like Xlear (available on our Fullscript - link in bio) and good 'ol saline nasal spray.

โ“Do you always read your medication packaging and labels, or do you rely on word of mouth? Itโ€™s crucial we take our health and our families' health seriously, ensuring we're fully informed about what we put into our bodies.

Struggling with allergies but want to avoid over-the-counter meds? Letโ€™s talk! We can help find a safe and effective approach tailored just for you, like sublingual immunotherapy offered in our office. Give us a call! ๐Ÿ’š
โ˜Ž๏ธ 815-322-9300โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
๐Ÿ“Crystal Lake, IL
๐Ÿ“Oak Brook, IL
๐Ÿ“Telehealth available for IL, WI, IA and FL



๐Ÿคง Don't let allergies ruin your day - and don't reach for quick fixes with icky side effects, like Singulair or Benadryl! There are many natural ways to manage your symptoms and boost your immune response to send allergies packing for good.โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
Here are a few recommendations to check out. Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider if you have questions, and before making any major changes to your lifestyle.โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
We offer sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) in our office for both adults and children for long-term allergy treatment. SLIT treats the cause of allergies by giving small doses of what a person is allergic to, which increases โ€œimmunityโ€ or tolerance to the allergen and reduces the allergic symptoms.โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
โœ… Is SLIT safe? โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
YES! SLIT is very safe, for both adults and children. It is safer and gentler than shots and is able to be administered at home once allergy testing is done and a care plan is established by your provider.โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
โœ… Does SLIT really work?โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
Yep, many published scientific studies have shown that it significantly reduces allergy symptoms. SLIT is repeated throughout the allergy season, or sometimes year round, and is recommended to be continued for 3-5 years to help the body build lasting, lifelong immunity.โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
โŽ Does insurance cover SLIT? โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
Unfortunately, most insurance plans do not cover SLIT. We offer many payment options and we can also provide a superbill to be submitted to insurance if you'd like to try for coverage assistance. SLIT is pretty economical, however, especially when compared to allergy shots. SLIT averages to about $45/month. For root cause treatment and lasting relief from allergies, the cost is worth it!โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
If you have questions about allergies, allergy testing, or SLIT, give us a call! โ˜Ž๏ธ 815-322-9300โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
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๐Ÿ“Telehealth available for IL, WI, IA and FL


Photos from Well-Rooted Pediatrics's post 05/17/2024

โš ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ถ Studies have shown that exposure to certain chemicals in household cleaning products can be linked to the development of allergies and asthma in children. Ingredients like ammonia, bleach, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can irritate the respiratory system and trigger allergic reactions.

๐ŸคฐWhat's even more concerning is that exposure to these chemicals during pregnancy can have lasting effects on your child's health. Prenatal exposure has been linked to respiratory issues and increased susceptibility to allergies in children.

๐ŸŒฟ Safer Alternatives
1๏ธโƒฃ Natural Cleaners: Opt for plant-based cleaners that use ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils.
2๏ธโƒฃ DIY Solutions: Make your own cleaning solutions using household items. A mix of vinegar and water can be an effective cleaner for many surfaces. When we need a deeper, disinfecting clean, we LOVE
3๏ธโƒฃ Ventilation: When using any cleaning product, even natural ones, ensure good ventilation when to disperse fumes.
4๏ธโƒฃ Read Labels: Look for products labeled as "hypoallergenic" or "free from synthetic fragrances and dyes," and avoid as many harmful ingredients as possible.

Posts like this are NOT meant to shame anyone. โŒ None of us are perfect and we don't have to be! By being informed we can make educated choices on what products we choose to use in our own homes with our own families.

Your choice of cleaning products can have a significant impact on your family's health. By being mindful of the products you use, you can create a safer, healthier home environment. ๐Ÿก

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We absolutely practice what we preach! ๐Ÿ‘ Thanks to our functional medicine providers who helped us compile this list.

Photos from Well-Rooted Pediatrics's post 05/16/2024

๐ŸŒฟ Meet one of our young patients, an 11-year-old who came to us struggling with anxiety. Like many children, the challenges of anxiety can be overwhelming, impacting daily life and happiness.

๐ŸŒŸ After a dedicated functional visit at Well-Rooted Pediatrics, we tailored a holistic protocol that, within just a month, led to significant improvements. The patient felt much better, and her parents observed almost complete resolution of her anxiety symptoms. ๐Ÿ’ซ

Understanding Anxiety in Children:
Anxiety in children can stem from various factors including genetics, environment, diet, and disruptions in gut health. It's not just about the mind; itโ€™s about the body too!

Possible Holistic Solutions for Anxiety:
๐Ÿ”ธNutritional Support: Ensuring a diet rich in whole foods, low in processed sugars, and balanced for essential nutrients can dramatically affect mental health.
๐Ÿ”ธGut Health: There's a profound connection between the gut and the brain. Probiotics and a diet rich in fiber can support a healthy microbiome, reducing anxiety.
๐Ÿ”ธMindfulness and Exercise: Techniques like yoga, meditation, and regular physical activity can enhance mood and reduce anxiety levels by releasing tension and producing natural 'feel good' chemicals.
๐Ÿ”ธAdequate Sleep: Regular, restful sleep is crucial. Establishing a calming bedtime routine can help ensure a good night's sleep.
๐Ÿ”ธSupplements: Depending on individual needs, supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and vitamin B complex can support brain health and reduce symptoms of anxiety.

Each child is unique, and so are their needs. At Well-Rooted Pediatrics, we believe in addressing the root causes of health issues like anxiety with personalized, comprehensive plans. ๐ŸŒฑ

If your child is facing similar challenges, remember, thereโ€™s hope. Functional medicine offers effective, natural strategies to manage and often overcome anxiety. Reach out to learn how we can help your child live a happier, more balanced life!

โ˜Ž๏ธ 815-322-9300
๐Ÿ“ Crystal Lake, IL and Oakbrook, IL
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๐Ÿšจ Urgent Health Warning: Hidden Dangers in Bandages ๐Ÿšจ

A startling new study has shown that 65% of popular bandage brands, including those from Band-Aid, Curad, and retailers like Walmart and CVS, are laced with toxic PFAS chemicals, known as "forever chemicals." These substances are not only persistent in the environment but are also linked to an array of severe health issues such as cancer, liver damage, hormone disruption, reproductive issues, and thyroid disorders. ๐Ÿค•๐Ÿ”ฌ

The risk is even more critical when PFAS comes into direct contact with our skin, especially through open wounds. PFAS can be easily absorbed through the skin, and their presence in the absorbent pads of bandagesโ€”which are meant to press directly against woundsโ€”raises significant concerns about their potential to enter the bloodstream and cause long-term health problems. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ’‰

Despite these risks, there is currently a lack of stringent regulations to limit PFAS levels in personal care products, leaving consumers unknowingly exposed. The good news? One-third of the brands tested did not contain PFAS, proving that effective and safer alternatives exist. ๐ŸŒฑ

We must demand greater transparency and stricter safety standards to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Opt for PFAS-free bandages to ensure that your choice in wound care is safe.

๐Ÿฉน PFAS-FREE bandages:
3M: Micropore Surgical/Medical Tape
All Terrain: Neon Kids Bandages
Band-Aid: Hello Kitty Assorted Adhesive Bandages
CVS: Sterile Manuka Honey Sports Bandages
FEBU: Organic Bamboo Strip Bandages
TRU COLOUR: Skin Tone Bandages Diversity in Healing
Trutone: Skin Tone Adhesive Bandages in Dark Brown, Brown, and Olive
Welly: Good Vibes Bravery Badges and Waterproof Bravery Assorted Waterproof Bandages.

If you're looking for bandages that are nontoxic or more eco-friendly than the above, opt for compostable, all-natural bandages like PATCH's Bamboo Bandages

๐Ÿฉน - https://www.greenmatters.com/health-and-wellness/pfas-band-aids
๐Ÿ“„- https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/05/bandage-brands-toxic-pfas #:~:text=Testing%20of%2040%20types%20of%20bandages%20made,in%20absorbent%20pads%20that%20press%20against%20wounds.

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Why should you choose Well Rooted Pediatrics?

A healthy child is the goal for the future. Our vision is to provide the best evidenced based care while using alternative and integrative approaches. At Well-Rooted Pediatrics, not only will we focus on the childโ€™s well-being with annual well visits, but we will focus on the root cause of the illness that comes with immune system building.

Our mission is to utilize natures medicine and focus on alternative measures when possible. We firmly believe that there is a time a place for antibiotics and higher level of care, but we will use all the information gained from the child and parent to make the best assessment and treatment plan for each individual child.

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