The first few years of a child's life is stressful for parents. And allergies are scarier than diseases. Allergic reactions can creep up on your child and they often come as surprises. New parents may expect children to have similar allergies as parents do. But sometimes a new human has a way of shocking you.
An allergic reaction happens when your immune system reacts to something that doesn't bother the majority of the population. Most common allergens are dust, mould spores, pet dander, pollen, insect stings, food items, and some medications.
Most of the time the symptoms of an allergic reaction are sneezing, runny nose, rashes, itching, or hives. They can be given some time before choosing a cure. But there are other symptoms like swelling and wheezing. They need immediate medical attention. It is better that you don't try to treat them yourself.
Wheezing and swelling are better treated with allergy shots. You can figure out what caused them later. Swelling may not seem like a serious issue. But when the outer parts of the body like ears and lips swell up, you don't know if the internal organs are swelling too. And you cannot expect a child (especially when in distress) to explain the symptoms in detail or accurately.
It is important that you keep track of whatever your child eats. In fact, try to note down what she is eating and when she is eating every single day. This will help you to identify any allergies that may have been caused by food items. However, minor symptoms like rashes and sneezing can be treated with natural remedies for children’s allergies.
Grandmas and rural folks have a special talent for treating allergies with home remedies. Here are some of the most effective remedies for allergies.
If your child is showing signs of asthma due to a dust allergy or pollen allergy, get her to drink pineapple juice. Since it is sweet, children are less likely to resist. Pineapple is known to have high vitamin C content which is great for the immune system. But that’s not why we are drinking pineapple juice right now. Pineapple has an enzyme called bromelain which has anti-inflammatory properties. It will curb any harmful inflammation. Healers of the East has been depending on bromelain to improve breathing and curbing swelling. Remember that inflammation is the body's response to harmful substances entering the body. It is one of the easy-to-administer natural remedies for children’s allergies.
Sometimes, an allergy triggered by dust or pollen will result in a runny nose and frequent sneezing. This can be stressful for children as it may lead to headache and throat pain. Children may even be annoyed with the hurting nose due to constant wiping. Histamine is behind this reaction. It is a chemical produced by some cells when the immune system starts a chain reaction. The child will continue to experience the symptoms of allergy as long as histamine is in the bloodstream. However, there is an easy natural remedy for this allergy. Onion and garlic have a chemical called quercetin which is an antihistamine. You can simply eat onion and garlic to curb the symptoms.
One of the common problems of winter is nasal congestion. It can be triggered due to anything that irritates nasal tissues. It could be dust, pollen, tobacco smoke, car exhaust, or smoke from things that should not be burnt like plastic and rubber. The child may even end up sinusitis. In fact, sinusitis can be triggered by a drop in temperature as well. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale are rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. They can clear stuffy sinuses in no time. Carotenoids in kale can even curb symptoms of asthma. If your child is not interested in eating green vegetables, incorporate them into smoothies. It is one of the most effective natural remedies for children’s allergies.
Yes, the leaves sting and can annoy you to the extent of pain. But stinging nettles have great medicinal properties. You can keep stinging nettle tablets after consulting your paediatrician. But if you don't have the tablet at hand, you can make a tea with it. It is one of the easiest natural remedies for children's allergies. Stinging nettle has a small number of histamines which will make your body tolerant to reactions. You can quickly brew a tea with the leaves. However, drink the tea only when you feel vulnerable to an allergic reaction. Drinking nettle tea or taking nettle tablets for long-term may result in potassium depletion in the body.
The purple-like red colour of beetroot comes from a pigment called anthocyanins. It is a water-soluble compound that falls under flavonoids (a type of antioxidants). They have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial benefits. If your child has an uncomfortable head (pain or building pressure) due to the allergy, beetroot is your remedy. It will curb inflammation and fix a stuffy nose too. Aubergines and tomatoes also have anthocyanins.
Berries have got to be easily the tastiest natural remedies for children's allergies. Most purple-red hued berries - blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, and currants are rich in anthocyanins. Plums, cherries, and grapes are also good for allergies. Since children will not say no to these sweet fruits, you can depend on them more than others.
Turmeric is widely used in Indian cuisine. It is known for boosting immunity, being a powerful antioxidant, and for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be added to soups and curries. But the best way to get a reasonable amount in children is turmeric milk aka haldi doodh. All you have to do is mix a tablespoon of turmeric powder into the milk. The curcumin in it will reduce any swelling in the body and keep the body warm.
It is one of the versatile natural remedies for children’s allergies. You can also make a concoction by mixing 1-2 tablespoon of turmeric in water and heating it. Mix in organic honey too. Make the child drink this twice a day to curb the symptoms of allergies. You can also mix a small piece of ground turmeric with one teaspoon of lemon zest, two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and 1/4 cup of honey. Take one spoonful of this mixture every morning on an empty stomach to any allergy due to food items or smoke or medicines.
Probiotic foods are known to curb allergic rhinitis - a group of symptoms affecting the nose. The friendly bacteria in it is likely to be responsible for these actions. Yoghurt is one of the best foods for your and your children’s health. Fermented foods are good for children’s immune system and gut health. Eating a pot of yoghurt can help with hay fever too. You can also get by without making the child feel that she is having medicine. Other fermented foods like sourdough, miso, and sauerkraut also has a similar effect on the human body.
One of the difficult allergies that children deal with in the spring is pollen allergies. They are everywhere and it is impossible to hide from them. Some of the symptoms of pollen allergy are itchy watery eyes, scratchy throat, cough, and nasal congestion. Some children may even experience facial pain due to sinus pressure. In some cases, it affects the sense of taste and smell too. The skin beneath the eyes may turn blue and swell at times.
Even if you treat the symptoms of pollen allergy with an allergy shot, these symptoms will appear whenever the child comes in contact with pollen. However, there is a solution that takes consistent efforts - ‘local honey’. It is one of the sustainable natural remedies for children’s allergies. The pollen seen in a region and honey collected by bees in that region will have similar plant compounds. Incorporating local honey into the diet will familiarise the body with these compounds and decrease the susceptibility to pollen allergies.
Spirulina is a blue-green alga that is edible in nature. It is a popular dietary supplement. However, you should consult your paediatrician before giving it to your children. When combined with prescription drugs, it may cause side effects. This superfood is rich antioxidants. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to regulate the immune system. Spirulina can reduce the histamine present in the body and curb symptoms like nasal inflammation, runny nose, sneezing, and itching.
Peppermint is one of the safest natural remedies for children’s allergies. It has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, insecticidal properties. It is suitable for topical application which makes it perfect for skin allergies. You can put a few drops of it in water and inhale the steam to relieve nasal congestion. It can treat headache and facial pain caused by allergies. It can soothe itching also. However, make sure you dilute the essential oil before topical application.
Frankincense essential oil is popular for treating sinus infections and respiratory issues. The same properties will help curb seasonal allergies. It can be mixed in boiling water and inhaling the steam will reduce inflammation in air pathways. You can also put a few drops on your palm and breathe the oil directly from them. This makes it suitable to carry around. If you are travelling and do not have the facility to inhale from a steaming pot, rub your hands together and sniff it. It has antiseptic, astringent, sedative, and therapeutic properties too. Frankincense is the dried sap of trees of the genus Boswellia. The sap is burnt as incense in religious ceremonies too.
It is one of the most powerful natural remedies for skin allergies. It has soothing anti-inflammatory properties. Unlike many other essential oils (like tea tree oil), chamomile will not burn the skin or irritate it with its intensity. Chamomile oil is derived from a flower with mild sedative properties. It can treat inflammation on the skin or mucous membrane or sinusitis. It will offer immediate relief to itching. However, in the case of children, you should dilute it with a carrier oil that is normally used on children's body. When it comes to essential oils, make sure you buy it from a trusted source. They are one of the most adulterated products. Remember that essential oils are concentrated plant essence. They will not be cheap.