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Allergies

By Dr Peter Eng

GP, FACNEM, Nutritional Medicine

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These are adjuvant protocols. By following Nutrition Protocols extracted from Mainstream and Scientific Journals (for a range of childhood ailments) you may be able to reduce the use of drugs – which are often essential – Thereby lessening the risk of side effects. Often with allergies, the following vitamins and minerals are deficient but you should always conduct a blood test to measure the levels of vitamins or minerals that your child may be deficient in – to avoid excessive intake.

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A child suffering from allergies may have deficiencies (or benefit from taking supplements) in the following:

  • Calcium

    Oral supplementation can help reduce allergies.

  • Magnesium

    Magnesium is an antihistamine and has a calming effect on the whole body. Magnesium is deficient in Australian soil. It can be obtained through use of a Multi Vitamin. Examples of good supplement providers include: ‘Fibroplex for Children’ (made by Metagenics) or “Kids Plus” by Nutrition Care.

  • Quercetin

    Reduces allergic responses.

  • Vitamin E

    Vitamin E has antihistaminic properties. The gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E seems to decrease allergy-related inflammation,” Bielory says. [1]

  • Pro Biotics

    Lactobacillus acidophilus – Probiotics provide both anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects.

  • Magnesium

    Magnesium reduces allergic reactions. Magnesium is deficient in Australian soil. Examples of good supplement providers include: ‘Fibroplex for Children’ (made by Metagenics) or “Kids Plus” by Nutrition Care.

  • Zinc

    Studies show if a patient is deficient in Zinc then by taking increased ZINC, allergies can diminish

  • Vitamin C

    Low levels correlate with elevated blood histamine. Foods containing vitamin C, such as oranges, strawberries, apples, and watermelon, counteract the inflammatory allergic response. In general a Child needs Ages 1 to 3 years: 15 milligrams (mg) daily, Ages 4 to 8: 25 mg daily. Children ages 1 to 3 should not get more than 400 mg of vitamin C a day. Children ages 4 to 8 should not get more than 650 mg a day. Be careful before giving a child chewable supplements meant for adults because each tablet can contain up to 500 mg.

  • Niacin

    Niacin is (Vitamin B3) You need to buy a Multi Vitamin. Examples of good supplement providers include: Metagentics, Blackmores, or “Kids Plus” Nutrition Care (For Children)

  • Essential Fatty Acid's

    Supplementation with essential fatty acids may reduce allergic symptoms in certain individuals who have essential fatty acid deficiency. An example of good sources of omega-3s could include Sardines and Salmon which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory effects that help allergy relief. Other foods rich in inflammation-fighting omega-3s include walnuts (oil) and flaxseeds (oil). Try a child supplement of Omega-3’s for Kids by Metagenics – they have a peppermint flavoured one! They recommend Children 1-4 years: Take 2.5ml, Children 5-12 years take 5ml

Tips

  • Rule out food sensitivity
  • Several reports have noted improvements in allergies and asthma following elimination of food and/or food additives.
  • Do an IgG 93 Food Sensitivity Profile. You need to see a doctor who is from NIIM or a member of ACNEM. https://www.acnem.org
  • Skin tests and blood allergen specific IgE (RAST) tests are reliable and scientifically validated allergy tests. Together with a medical history and examination these tests can help your doctor define the cause of your allergies and are rebated by Medicare in Australia
  • http://www.annclinlabsci.org/content/37/1/96.full
Reviewed by Dr Peter Eng 15 May 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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These are adjuvant protocols. By following Nutrition Protocols extracted from Mainstream and Scientific Journals (for a range of childhood ailments) you may be able to reduce the use of drugs – which are often essential – Thereby lessening the risk of side effects. Often with allergies, the following vitamins and minerals are deficient but you should always conduct a blood test to measure the levels of vitamins or minerals that your child may be deficient in – to avoid excessive intake.

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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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