Five Must-Do Actions To Address Your Child's Allergies!
Whether it's seasonal allergy and/or food allergy, these forms of hyper-sensitivities indicate an imbalance within your child's body. Common allergic reactions include hay fever, hives, eczema, aversion to food, asthma attacks and to a growing number of medications, such as antibiotics, penicillin, and aspirin.
On a physical level, an allergy is considered a disorder of the immune system and can be digestive and respiratory related. Your child experiences a hyper reaction to a foreign substance that is otherwise considered safe.
A safe and gentle approach is the best way to go. Most allergies begin in-utero, and can increasingly develop as your child gets older, if the root source is not addressed.
Here are key actions to take when implementing preventive measures and addressing your child's immunity to address allergy, and other imbalances within his/her health:
1. Refrain from introducing a broad range of food too soon to your child. His or her body needs time to develop a relationship with each food, and too much may be taxing on the stomach/digestive system, where over 60% of immune health is located. As you are nurturing your child's relationship with food, strongly consider forgoing introducing her/him to 'junk' food or snacking as they are not a necessary part of the daily food eating requirement. Focus on meal preparations (with the appropriate food). You'll be contributing to their foundation of health, and the beliefs they will develop about food and nourishment, in a positive and supportive way.
Decrease and/or eliminate microwave, prepackaged, and high sugar food from your child's diet as they too can increase toxic load within the body. The body innately gravitates to fresh foods, any preparation outside of that requires your child's body to work extra hard to process. The food that is unprocessed or undigested can stay in your child's body as toxicity. Read labels/ask for the ingredients when purchasing store-bought food as most contains sugar, dairy, and nuts, which children can be sensitive to, or build up a sensitivity to over time.
2. Proper mastication of food - teach your child to chew food, until it is soft and mushy. This prevents her stomach from attempting to break down big pieces of food, which may lead to indigestion, and other significant interruption in the digestive system, and entire body.
3. Choose organic produce that is free of pesticides. Prolonged exposure to pesticides can cause a build up of toxins in the body, which in turn slows down the body's immunity, and ability to naturally process environmental and food elements.
4. Teach your child that their feelings are neither good or bad, they just are, and that how s(he) responds to, and expresses the feelings are important. Be a loving mirror to them in being open, honest, and clear in how they express their emotions. On an emotional level, an allergy may indicate fearful thoughts and feelings your child may be holding onto about life and the world, and this fear 'takes over' - consciously or unconsciously when s(he) perceives a potential attack. Support them in feeling safe within their bodies, the family's home, and the world. Flower essences can help in assisting the family unit's emotional health. Children can also reflect their parents' thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. Consider this as you address their health - what could they be reflecting within you?
5. Most, if not all, conventional medicine products for allergies come with a list of potential adverse effects that are counterproductive to addressing the issue long-term and often creating new health challenges. Consider natural and holistic health options, as a complement or alternative approach to your doctor visits, to strengthen your child's immune and digestive system. Incorporate the right digestive supplements into your child's conscious eating lifestyle, along with immune-boosting essential oils, and herbs. We've had clients benefit from herbs such as nettles and dandelion. Also, an absolute MUST: drink the appropriate amount of distilled or pure water everyday - half of your body's weight in ounce of water.
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