By Dr. Randall Neustaedter

You may have noticed a strange thing lately. Children in unprecedented numbers use inhalers to treat asthma symptoms. Schools find it necessary to ban peanut butter from classrooms for fear of life-threatening allergic reactions. Your own children may have eczema, asthma or food sensitivities. The incidence of allergies and asthma in children has skyrocketed over the past 30 years and the drugs commonly employed to treat these symptoms don’t cure the problem. Parents need a new model for treating allergies.

A Holistic Approach to Treating Eczema, Asthma and Allergies

Fortunately, the field of holistic pediatrics has excellent protocols for treating asthma, eczema and allergies with a simple, safe and effective three step method.

  1. First, use nontoxic, natural treatments to relieve the acute symptoms.
  2. Second, identify and eliminate contributing dietary and environmental factors.
  3. And third, treat the underlying immune system imbalance responsible for the problem.

Natural Medicine Can Help Treat Allergies, Eczema and Asthma

Several categories of natural medicines can treat acute allergic symptoms. Three forms of natural medicine are commonly used to treat allergies, eczema and asthma. Several Chinese herbal formulas have been formulated to address these symptoms in children. Homeopathic medicines often produce immediate relief in allergic reactions. And third, many nutritional supplements can treat the symptoms as well. For example, quercetin, stinging nettles and bromelain are often combined to relieve allergies. These types of remedies will help keep symptoms under control while addressing the underlying problem.

Seeing The Child as an Individual and Building Their Immune Systems

Identifying contributing factors to symptoms requires a different approach at different ages. For example, for breast-feeding babies the mother’s diet needs to be considered. For older children, food sensitivity tests can be useful to pinpoint foods that aggravate symptoms. Conventional allergy testing may be needed to identify outside influences that can be reduced or eliminated.

The most important aspect of holistic treatment involves addressing the underlying root cause of the symptoms. This requires building and balancing the immune system. Since 80 percent of the immune system happens in the small intestine, ensuring a healthy digestive tract will provide the foundation for a strong immune system. Depending on the symptoms, this may include a combination of probiotics and nutritional supplements to support digestion. Balancing the body through the use of a deep acting homeopathic medicine and herbal treatment will fortify the child’s constitution.

And many supplements can activate and build immune function, including:

  • Astragalus;
  • Medicinal mushroom formulas;
  • Vitamin D;
  • Specific probiotics;
  • Omega-3 fats; and
  • colostrum.

A holistic pediatric practitioner can help parents manage and integrate an inclusive treatment program resulting in a balanced immune system. The goal is an increased level of health and eventual cure. A balanced and resilient immune system is characterized by greater resistance to infections and less allergic reactions.

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SAFbaby Expert Health Advisor, Dr. Randall Neustaedter, OMD

Dr. Randall Neustaedter, OMD, has practiced and taught holistic medicine for more than thirty years in the San Francisco Bay area, specializing in child health care. He is a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine, author of The Holistic Baby Guide, Child Health Guide, and The Vaccine Guide.

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