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Allergies

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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Allergies are common in children. Children can be allergic to many different substances. These include foods, washing liquids, pollen, metals, medication, animal dander (fur and skin flakes from household animals) and insect bites. In an allergic reaction, the body incorrectly identifies a substance it has come in contact with as ‘harmful’. The body sends off antibodies to attack the ‘harmful’ substance. In doing so, there is an immune system reaction that causes release of many chemicals. One of these chemicals, histamine, causes symptoms of inflammation. In severe cases (anaphylaxis) this can be deadly (for more information on anaphylaxis, please refer to this sheet). Children can grow out of some allergies, while others may be lifelong. Children who have asthma and/or eczema, or who are from families who have these conditions or allergies, are more likely to have allergies. Find a Paediatric Allergy Specialist in your area. 

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
  • current version

    Dr Evelyn Lewin
  • PEER REVIEWER

    Dr Peter Eng
  • document id

    4328 (v45)
  • next review

    05.05.2016

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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