Childhood Allergies, Asthma and Natural Remedies
Asthma and allergies are of epidemic proportion in our children's lives and getting worse, due to the toxins floating in our environment. The prescribed medications given for those problems speed up their hearts and suppress the immune system making it impossible to get better, when they should normalize their immune system instead. I know what I speak of, as I had some Pulmonary Function Tests done a few years ago and never again. I had the most horrible day and night from the horrible affects of the medication administered during the PFT's. I will never do that again.
Getting control: Start with keeping a food and episode diary. Note foods eaten and episodes that occur then look to see if food could be the trigger. First eliminate all dairy foods from your child's diet. Dairy products thicken mucus and increase mucus production.
If your child's allergies are seasonal, it may also be helpful to avoid whole wheat during the allergy season, as many children are sensitive to this food.
If foods are determined to be the culprit, try eliminating those foods for a few weeks and watch for an improvement. Use an elimination or rotation diet to discover and work with food allergies.
Encourage your child to drink lots of water to thin mucus secretions and ease expelling the secretions.
Eliminate cooked fats and oils. When your child's body is under any type of stress, including the stress of an allergic reaction, the digestive system is not as strong as usual, and fats-which are difficult to digest at the best of times-can put a strain on the digestive system. Also, undigested fats contribute to mucus production and foster a toxic internal environment. Encourage fruits and vegetable consumption.
Some natural inflammation controls are; Evening primrose, borage, black currant, and flaxseed oils, help to regulate the inflammatory response. You can give your child one or more of these oils either in capsule form or mixed into food such as salad dressing or butter. Follow dosage directions on the product label and give your child one dose of evening primrose oil, borage oil, black currant oil, or flaxseed oil, three times a day, for two weeks. Then give your child the same dose, once a day, for one month. Note: Evening primrose oil should not be given to a child who has a fever.
There are other supplements that can help to normalize the immune system making it easier to control reactions and in some instances eliminate them all together.
Some of those Nutritional Supplements are; Beta-carotene is used by the body to make vitamin A. It also heals and soothes irritated mucous membranes. If your child's allergies are chronic, try giving him one dose of beta-carotene, twice a day, for two to three months. If his allergies are seasonal, give your child one dose of beta-carotene a day during the allergy season.
Bioflavonoids are potent anti-inflammatories with specific antiallergenic effects. They are chemically related to cromolyn sodium. They are best taken with vitamin C. Give your child one dose, three times a day, for two weeks.
Calcium and magnesium are important nutrients for the allergy sufferer. They help to relax an over reactive nervous system. Give your child one dose of a supplement containing 250 milligrams of calcium to 125 milligrams of magnesium, twice a day, while symptoms are acute. Then give the same dosage, once a day, for two months.
Selenium is an antioxidant and works synergistically with vitamin E. Give a child over fourteen years of age 50 micrograms a day during the allergy season.
The B vitamins help to support adrenal function and strengthen the immune system. For seasonal allergy symptoms, give a child over twelve a B-vitamin complex supplement each day (between or before meals) for two to three months.
Vitamin C, preferably in mineral ascorbate form with bioflavonoids, has anti-inflammatory properties. During acute flareups, give your child one dose, four times a day, for three to four days. Follow this with one dose, twice a day, for two to three weeks; then give your child one dose, once a day, for one month.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous) is a Chinese herb that helps to strengthen the overall body. Give your child one dose daily for one month before the hay fever season. Note: This herb should not be given if a fever or any other signs of infection are present.
If your child suffers from chronic allergies, give him one dose of an echinacea and goldenseal herbal combination formula, two to three times daily, for five to seven days to strengthen his immune system. Note: You should not give your child echinacea on a daily basis for more than ten days at a time, or it will lose its effectiveness.
Prepare a fenugreek and thyme tea. These herbs act as a mild decongestant to relieve nasal and sinus congestion. Give your child one dose of tea, twice daily, as needed.
Garlic has antibacterial properties that are beneficial in healing a chronic runny nose. Choose an odorless form, and give your child one capsule, twice daily. It can be taken in whole capsule form, or you can open a capsule and dissolve the liquid in warm water or soup.
Licorice root has a strengthening effect on the adrenal glands. Give your child one dose daily for two weeks before the hay fever season. Licorice and astragalus can easily be combined. Note: This herb should not be given to a child with high blood pressure.
Ma huang is the original source of the decongestant pseudoephedrine (better known as Sudafed), and it is effective in relieving nasal congestion. Give your child one dose in tea form, twice a day, for up to three days. Note: This herb may stimulate the nervous system, causing an increased heart rate and agitation. Do not give it to a child under thirteen, and do not give it after 3:00 PM, unless you want to be up all night.
Minor bupleurum helps to strengthen the immune system. For chronic allergies, give your child one dose, twice daily, for two weeks out of every month. Continue this regimen for three months. Note: Minor bupleurum should not be given to a child with a fever or any other sign of an acute infection.
Nettle can be very helpful for drying out the sinuses. It can be highly effective for chronic allergies (allergic rhinitis), especially when taken in freeze-dried form. Give your child one dose, three times daily, for three to four days. Note: Some children experience stomach upset as a result of taking nettle. If this happens, stop giving the herb. This herb should not be given to a child under four.
These suggestions should only be considered with supervision?
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