The Rise in Kids’ Allergies
Kids’ allergies are on the rise with more and more children experiencing symptoms that are becoming chronic. For some children, the allergic reaction also affects the lungs and airways and can lead to asthma symptoms called allergic asthma or allergy-induced asthma.
Both climate change and increased pollution levels are creating conditions that are making allergies more prevalent due to longer-lasting seasons and more-potent pollen. (Read more in our post, “Why Do More Kids Have Allergies“.)
While avoidance is a prudent choice, it may not always be possible given that environmental triggers are increasing and all around us. In this article, you’ll discover the long-term solution for dealing with allergies that gets to the root of the problem.
Why Do Some Children Get Allergies and Others Don’t?
An environmental allergy “is a sign that the immune system is not working properly – the immune system is reacting abnormally to substances that really shouldn’t bother it. It behaves like a blindfolded person who cannot discriminate between friend and enemy, lashing out at everyone and anyone he meets” according to Dr. Murray Clarke in his book, “Natural Baby-Healthy Child.”
The diagram below shows the process:
Should You Give Your Child Drugs to Treat Allergy Symptoms?
Standard medical treatment usually involves alleviating symptoms by suppressing the immune system with the ongoing use of oral antihistamines, nasal decongestants, steroidal sprays and allergy shots. All of these pharmaceutical medications directly or indirectly suppress and weaken the immune system over time.
“Suppressing the immune system is the exact opposite of what
actually needs to be done to cure this condition.”
– Safe Baby Healthy Child Health Expert Dr. Murray Clarke.
Finding a Cure for Kids’ Allergies
For millions of children suffering from allergies, what isn’t being addressed is the source of the problem…the strength and function of their immune system.
We talked with Safe Baby Healthy Child’s Health Expert, Dr. Murray Clarke, ND., D.Hom., L.Ac. for his advice on holistic protocols to pursue for kids’ allergies.
Homeopathic Treatment: A well-qualified homeopathic physician can prescribe the correct constitutional homeopathic remedy.
Osteopathic Treatment: These treatments will help improve the function of your child’s immune system by improving and facilitating the flow of your child’s cerebrospinal fluid, lymphatic system and nervous system.
Dietary Treatment: Underlying food sensitivities or food allergies may contribute to your child’s increased sensitivity and susceptibility to environmental allergies. Test for food allergies and gluten sensitivity and provide your child with the foods that suit his or her blood type.
Sinus Relief: Using a neti pot to irrigate the sinuses will help and is a widely recommended natural solution that brings relief.
These herbs can be utilized for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune regulating properties:
Amla: 500 mg daily
Elderberry: 500 mg daily
Larch arabinogalactan: 1 teaspoon daily
Childlife’s Aller-Care contains both Amla and Elderberry along with Vitamin C and Zinc to help support the immune system and provide seasonal support.
Nutritional Supplements: Supplement with those nutrients that can help regulate the immune system. The primary nutrient that provides anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-regulating properties for allergies is:
Quercitin: 250-500 mg three times daily
In addition, your child should be taking the following supplements for strengthening and regulating basic immune function:
Probiotics: 1/3 teaspoon daily
Colostrum: ½-1 teaspoon daily
Cod liver oil: 1 teaspoon daily
Vitamin C: 250-500 mg two times daily
The Long-Term Solution to Solve Kids’ Allergies
The typical approach to handling the symptoms our children present with is to avoid the trigger or make it go away with drugs – but, these are temporary solutions. By addressing the root cause and strengthening the immune system, you will build up your child‘s ability to withstand their environment. It’s a long-term, thorough solution with far more benefits than short term protocols that can end up causing more health problems.
Allergenic Pollen: A Review of the Production, Release, Distribution and Health Impacts. This is the first book to summarize all aspects of allergenic pollen: production, atmospheric distribution and health impacts, as well as the means of monitoring and forecasting these phenomena. It is based on a four-year effort by a large group of leading European scientists.