Tired of using Tylenol for a fever? Here are seven tried and true holistic remedies to reduce a fever fast

Tired of using Tylenol for a fever? Here are seven tried and true holistic remedies to reduce a fever fast

What if there was a better way to lower a fever? A safer way.

In this post, I’ll share my proven herbal and holistic methods for reducing a fever fast – naturally.

So, what is a fever?

  • Any temp over 100.4 is a fever to watch.
  • A moderate fever is 101-103.5 and is of concern.
  • A high fever is over 103.5.

But wait, always listen to your gut and call your child’s pediatrician with any fever of concern and especially with children under six months of age.

So, what is the secret to lowering a fever?

How to get rid of a fever fast at home

#1 Encourage your child to sleep

Encouraging your child to sleep may help them “burn” the fever off, and if you were up all night – this will give everyone a breath to relax.

Some well-known, safe botanicals for children to sleep are chamomile, and lemon balm, and you can even add a single drop of valerian root tincture to a cup of tea to encourage sleep for kids over two years of again.

  • Try a cup of chamomile tea with a drop of lemon balm tincture and/or valerian root tincture to encourage sleep.

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#2 Alternate anti-viral herbal tinctures every hour

The antivirals will help “break the fever” and reduce the need for antibiotics.

Choose one antiviral and offer the correct tincture dosing to your child every hour. Keep a close eye on them and don’t overdose.

Anti-viral herbs for kids

  • Lemon Balm tea or tincture
  • Echinacea tincture
  • Elderberry syrup or tincture
  • Ginger tincture or tea {Best for older kids, the tea may increase a fever, keep that in mind for young children}
  • Garlic tincture {you can eat raw garlic for older kids and adults}

Of course, there are other anti-viral herbs, but these are my favorite for kids!

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#3 Supplements

How to bring down a fever in a child naturally

Open the windows, change the sheets, make a pot of chicken soup and try the suggestions above.

You’ll also want to boost their immunity with vitamins. Consider adding in:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc {always offer with food or they may vomit!}

#4 Essential oils for a fever

I also like to pat them down with a diluted water of peppermint essential oil.

This is suggested for kids over two years of age.

  • Try 1 drop of oil per 1 cup of water and place the washcloth in the bowl. Wipe down their back, feet, and chest if they’ll let you!

#5 Homeopathic medicine for high fever in a child

I usually don’t use homeopathy for fever, unless it came on quickly after the cold weather begins {Usually Aconite 30c will help}, because it may spike the fever and with little children, you want to be careful.

If you love homeopathic remedies and know how to choose the remedy, this is a good site to learn from: https://www.drhomeo.com/fever/flu-viral-fever-and-homeopathy-treatment/

#6 Tea to reduce a fever

You’ll also want to offer cooling teas to toddlers and big kids. My little girl loves peppermint tea, but only use it with kids two or older.

Make a cup of tea. Cover and steep for 5 min. Add honey for kids over one year of age. Then cool it down with ice and offer it to your child.

Some teas to consider are:

  • Spearmint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Elderflower
  • Chamomile

#7 Moxa to reduce a fever

If you love acupuncture, you can buy your own moxa sticks {I love these} and place on the point – BL2 Windgate – place the moxa on the left and right side of T2 of your child’s upper back. Make sure they don’t move, so they don’t get burned! Moxa is great for fast relief when you get the point correct.

Why am I picking on Tylenol?

Because just one dose of medication can affect your child’s gut health. Plus, Tylenol reduces glutathione, which is an antioxidant in your body and it helps you detoxify. With less glutathione, your body has a harder time detoxifying viruses and colds.

Conclusion

Herbs, homeopathy, moxa, and boosting immunity with diet and supplements can help lower your child’s fever fast and reduce secondary infections. Also, keep in mind a fever is a good thing when it’s not too high. Read that again 👈

Try to let it run its course and use herbal medicine to help soothe your child to sleep. Of course, if they are uncomfortable you can always offer conventional medication when needed.

So, do you think you’ll give these a try? Let me know in the comment area below.

xo

Tara

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4 must-have homeopathic teething remedies

4 must-have homeopathic teething remedies

It’s frustrating and exhausting when your little one is teething.

Late nights. Crying. Screaming. Wanting to be held.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could support your child during the teething years, without all the Tylenol?

Imagine what it would be like if you knew the exact remedies to help your child go back faster without wasting money on products that don’t work.

Let me show you how.

But hang on.

The fastest remedies below are homeopathic, so you’ll want to read this post and learn how to use homeopathy properly, so you don’t waste time and money on products you don’t need.

Want to get started?

In this post, I’m going to share my favorite homeopathic remedies to keep your little one from overusing Tylonal and antibiotics during the teething years.

First…


How do you know when a baby is teething?

Look for these symptoms in your little one…

  • Green diarrhea
  • Screaming, crying
  • Drooling (which can cause a facial rash)
  • Swollen, sensitive gums
  • A tooth visible below the gum
  • Chewing everything.. nothing is off limits!
  • Irritability or fussiness, wanting to be held
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Refusing to eat
  • Rubbing face and ears
  • You either feel bad for them or want to kill them! (These are two key homeopathic remedies to watch for)

Homeopathic teething remedies

The two most popular remedies for teething are Chamomilla 30c and Pulsatilla 30c.

Keep this in mind. These are sugar tablets, you would place in their mouth to suck on or put in their bottle.

Watch this for tips and tricks with using homeopathic medicine and babies.

Let’s explore both of these.

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The must-have homeopathic remedies for teething

#1 Chamomilla 30c Symptoms

  • One cheek may be red with one spot
  • Likes cold drinks
  • Wants to be held and stops crying when held*
  • Mom is annoyed or wants to scream at the child*
  • Pain unbearable- cries out in sleep
  • Green diarrhea with stools
  • May have a cough
  • Dosing: Give one dose of Chamomilla 30c wait and repeat if necessary. Stop if you don’t see a positive result or the child’s behavior gets worse.

#2 Pulsatilla 30c Symptoms

  • mouth dry, thirstless
  • Mom feels sorry for her little one*
  • the child is anxious at night
  • wants to be carried
  • sensitive & whiny
  • better for fresh air

Another favorite for children who will not sleep while teething…

#3 Coffea Cruda 30c Symptoms

  • sensitive to pain
  • worse at night
  • will not sleep – even if they’ve had 2 doses of Tylenol!
  • shooting pain feels better when holding ice water in the mouth

You can also combine Coffea Cruda with Chamomilla for relief.

Watch this video to review these remedies together!

#4 Camilia teething relief

Camila teething relief is a popular teething product for children combining three homeopathic remedies for pain and inflammation. It would also help reduce recurring ear infections. Served in a liquid pouch, it’s easy for administrating to babies. Keep in mind, this is a blended formula so it may or may not work for you. And always, watch for symptoms BEFORE dosing.

Chamomile tea for teething

Alternatively, you can make a cup of chamomile tea or use a chamomile tincture to reduce the teething pain.

  • To make a cup of tea: Take 1 tsp. of dried Chamomile tea to 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and let steep 5-7 minutes. Sweeten with maple syrup for children under 1 year of age or raw honey for children over one year. Cool it down with an ice cube and add to their bottle or place a facecloth in the tea and put in the refrigerator for the baby to suck on.

Tinctures for teething

How to get a teething baby to sleep

Momma’s sleep deprivation usually begins when your little one starts teething. Homeopathic remedies should work to help your baby get to sleep faster. If they do not, you can try a glycerine tincture to help them relax.

  • Herb Pharm fast asleep works well with homeopathy to encourage a good night’s sleep. Double-check the dosing based on your child’s age and weight.
Also, read….

Using homeopathy is safe and easier than you think. Just remember, stop if you don’t see any improvements such as the child going to sleep, they began drinking, or crying stopped.

These remedies will also reduce fevers and ear infections often associated with teething years.

Warmly~ Tara

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8 Tips to make homeopathic medicine work for you

8 Tips to make homeopathic medicine work for you

Did you know, that the majority of parents are using homeopathic medicine incorrectly?

There are 8 simple steps to make it work for you.

If you’ve tried using those little sugar tablets with no results, keep reading.

But, first…

What is homeopathy and how does it work?

  • “Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur), a claim that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people.”
  • The remedies are so diluted that, based on chemistry, it is difficult to find any molecules of the original substance in the remedy YET, they are very mighty!
  • They are safe enough for children and the elderly, yet potent enough that you could create adverse effects if you do not know the principles.

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How is homeopathy made?

  • Homeopathic medicine is made from minerals, plants, animals, poisons of animals, and bees and then diluted or successed {or shaken.}
  • The first stage in preparing a homeopathic remedy is to create a tincture or “mother tincture” by diluting the material in vegetable alcohol.
  • Then, the triturated mixture is repeatedly diluted and shaken or succussed for hours or days, depending on the potency or strength.
  • This process of diluting and succussing is called potentization. The potentized homeopathic medicine is then added to lactose tablets or pills.

How does homeopathy work?

  • One theory is that succession creates an electrochemical pattern that is stored in the dilutant and spreads like a liquid crystal through the body’s own water.
  • A second thought is the dilution process triggers electromagnetic imprinting which directly affects the electromagnetic field of the body.
  • It seems all sort of “woo woo” until you see the results.
What dosing should you purchase?
  • Ideally, you would need 1 dose, 1 time.
  • But often, we purchase blends of homeopathic medicine and it doesn’t “hit the spot” as it should
What is the Infinitesimal Dose?
  • The more a remedy is diluted and succussed (vigorously shaken), the stronger it becomes a cure. For example, 1M is stronger than 6c.
  • Always begin with 6 or 30c, unless working with a professional homeopath.
  • You can purchase homeopathic tablets as 6, 9, 12, 24, or 30 c or x.
  • >>>>I feel comfortable with purchasing 6c or 30c tablets for acute remedies.

How do you take homeopathy?

  • Tip a tablet into the lid of the bottle and tip it into your mouth without touching it.
  • Nothing will happen if you touch it, but you MAY absorb some of the “medicine”
    • Or tip in on the palm of the person taking the remedy; try not to touch the remedy if you are giving it to someone.
    • For babies? Add it to their bottle or toddlers to their sippy cup. Then wash the bottle or sippy cup with hot water.
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    • Never put back any tablets that have fallen out
    • Try not to eat, drink or brush your teeth for 10-20 minutes before or after taking a remedy
    • You should feel a shift occur if it is negative in any way STOP and wait.
    • You may have an increase in symptoms and then it will resolve. If you are not seeing results don’t repeat. There should be a beginning, middle, and end to your symptoms.

Homeopathy medicine acts as a catalyst, the remedy stimulating the body’s own vital force to heal itself.

Homeopathy for babies & toddlers

  • For Babies; Crush the tablet between two spoons and tipped dry onto the tongue.
  • Or alternatively, dilute the small sugar pill in water and/or a bottle. {clean any item with hot water so the next person doesn’t get the remedy}
    • Dilute in water and use a syringe to insert into their mouth
    • Dilute in milk, water, or juice in a sippy cup
    • Place on a spoon to eat
    • Toddlers can put in their mouth with a spoon

7 Things that Interfere with homeopathy

  • #1 Camphor (used as an ingredient in many cosmetics and salves, such as Tiger Balm, Blistex, Vick’s Vapor rub, Noxzema, Chapstick, Carmex, Sea Breeze, some shaving creams, liniments, and many other products which have a similar odor is a universal antidote and should be avoided.
  • #2 Electric Blankets.
  • #3 Certain Holistic therapies, such as acupuncture, craniosacral manipulation, polarity therapy, e.t.c. should not be used simultaneously with homeopathy.
  • #4 Strong odors in the mouth or the environment at the time of taking the remedy can inactivate the homeopathic medicine. That’s why we recommend taking the remedy at least 30 minutes before or 1 hour after eating, drinking (water is allowed), chewing gum, brushing your teeth, and smoking.
  • #5 Major dental work
  • #6 Excessive, and in some cases even moderate consumption of coffee and stimulants
  • #7 Street drugs, including marijuana

8 Tips to Make Homeopathic Medicine work for you

  1. Prescribe according to the urgency and unique symptoms
  2. Use one remedy at a time
  3. Avoid combined remedies
  4. Stop if you see an improvement
  5. Start again if the same symptom returns; repeat as needed
  6. If you have given 3-6 doses and have had no response, stop and reassess
  7. Change the remedy if the symptoms change and/or get worse
  8. Always seek professional help if your symptoms recur or do not improve
Use the Homeopathic Principles to guide you to ensure great results
      • Law Of Similars-
          • “Let like be cured with like”
          • Any substance that makes you ill can also cure you.
          • By symptoms, homeopathy means those changes that are felt by the patient or observer which may be associated with the disease.
      • The Single Remedy
          • Classical homeopathy gives one remedy at a time to gauge its effect more precisely than would be possible if two or more remedies were given together.
      • The Law of Cure
        • As someone becomes well, symptoms move from the innermost organs of the body to the outer organs
        • Cure moves from within to without
        • Cure takes place from above to below
      • Minimal Dose
        • Less is more, wait and see.
        • How little can I use and still produce a result?

A few questions I’ve been asked….

My favorite homeopathic kit

  • I love the Homeopathyworks.com : 50 remedy kit 30c
  • I found this one on amazon that is similar. You want one with 6 or 30c dosing.

My favorite Homeopathic Books

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Conclusion

Homeopathic medicine works when you use it correctly. The symptoms may get worse at first AND then they should resolve. For example, your fever may spike— and then it should drop. This would be a good thing.

If the symptoms continue to get worse, stop the dosing.

It takes time and patience to learn how to use homeopathy and when you do learn the remedies, they will last you a lifetime.

Warmly~ Tara

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Astragalus apple juice

Astragalus apple juice

Are you wondering how to add herbs to your child’s diet?

A simple and easy way is to start offering herbal teas in their diet and stop offering juice and/or soda.

  • Astragalus {astragalus membranaceus} apple juice was one way I did this when my son was very sick.
  • Astragalus Membranaceus apple juice is super mild and sweet so they may love the taste.

But, wait Chinese medicine suggests you only use Astragalus when you feel well.

Astragalus Membranaceus Benefits

  • the herb is sweet, slightly warming, and moist making it great for a dry cough
  • it’s a mild adaptogen, antibacterial, antioxidant, and immune tonic
  • that relieves weakness and is good for hundreds of diseases in children {David Winston}
  • prevents colds, flu, bronchitis, mononucleosis, pneumonia, and Coxsackie B virus

Dosing

  • tincture based on weight 2-3x day
  • or as a decoction added to soup and/or juice

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Astragalus Apple Juice

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. of cut and dried root or 2-3 slices of root
  • 4 cups of water
  • apple juice as needed

Instructions

  1. Take 2tbs. of cut root or 2-3 sliced root from @mountainroseherbs to 4 cups of boiling water.
  2. Cover and turn down the heat for 30 min.
  3. Strain and cool. Add juice or add this liquid to soups- the taste is very mild and sweet;)
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Where to buy Astragalus?

I like Mountain rose herbs. Buy it as root cut or sliced.

Is it safe to take every day?

This is a well-tolerated herb and works best when you take it daily during the fall and winter seasons.

It has been said… if you take astragalus daily in the fall and winter, you will not get sick!

When should you avoid astragalus?

  • It’s considered likely safe but used with caution.- particularly if you have auto-immune disorders you may want to avoid astragalus
  • Caution if you have diabetes, or are on anticoagulant therapy due to the increased risk of bleeding
  • Traditionally it is NOT used during acute infections<<

Watch how I make the decoction on IG >>https://www.instagram.com/reel/CYofVXvpI_u/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

The best way to use astragalus is in your soup as the taste is very mild.

But..because kids love juice, I started blending this in my son’s apple juice to start, boosting his immunity.

I hope you like it!

xo

Tara

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5 Home cough remedies for kids

5 Home cough remedies for kids

Finding an herbal remedy for my son’s cough has been one of the more challenging events we’ve endured.
Coughs can be dry, or wet. Coughs also can accommodate the flu, ear infections, or a sore throat.
And… coughs can be from poor gut health.
Yes, read that again. 👆

To address a cough, you’ll want to know why it is happening.
If it’s due to a cold, think of adding anti-viral botanicals plus, expectorants to support their immune system and release the mucus. ¹
So, what do we tackle first?
There are four ways I like to use natural remedies with children. I’ll give them teas, tinctures, decoctions, and homeopathy.
Plus, try your best to reduce their sugar intake and increase their fluids with chicken soups and pops, like our favorite herbal popsicle recipe here.

#1 Teas For Kids

  • Make a cup of tea with 1 tsp. of dried herbs to 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain and add honey for children over 1 year or you can add juice to their Sippy cup.
  • For babies, you can add cooled chamomile tea to their bottles, adding maple syrup to sweeten if needed.
  • Toddlers love Lemon Balm or Peppermint for kids 2+.

#2 Tinctures For Kids

Tinctures are an extract of a plant in alcohol. Because of the processing method, the amount of alcohol your child ingests is similar to a ripe banana.
If you’re concerned with the alcohol intake you can use a glycerine tincture. These tinctures are made with glycerine instead of alcohol and most moms feel more comfortable using them.
  • Studies show elderberry syrup can lower the duration of your flu and the need for medication.
Dose: When the adult dose is 2 dropperful (60 drops), the following is recommended for children:
Age — Dosage
  • Younger than 3 months — 2 drops
  • 3 to 6 months — 3 drops
  • 6 to 9 months — 4 drops
  • 9 to 12 months — 5 drops
  • 12 to 18 months — 7 drops
  • 18 to 24 months — 8 drops
  • 2 to 3 years — 10 drops
  • 3 to 4 years — 12 drops
  • 4 to 6 years — 15 drops
  • 6 to 9 years — 24 drops
  • 9 to 12 years — 30 drops
Other ways to determine dosage:
Young’s Rule – Add 12 to the child’s age. Divide the child’s age by this total.
Example: dosage for a 4-year-old: 4 divided by 16 (4+12) = .25, or 1/4 of the adult dosage.
Cowling’s Rule – Divide the number of the child’s next birthday by 24.
For example, the dosage for a child who is 3, turning 4 would be: 4 divided by 24 = .16, or 1/6 of the adult dosage.²
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#4 Decoctions For Kids

A Decoction is a method of extraction by boiling herbal or plant material to dissolve the chemicals of the material, which may include stems, roots, bark, and rhizomes.³

  • This works best when the herb doesn’t taste well or you want to make a syrup, like an elderberry syrup.

#5 Homeopathy For Kids

Homeopathy is wonderful for kids. Please read my article:

  • Everything you need to know about homeopathy HERE.

Home remedies for a cough and throat pain

When a cough is dry with throat pain, you’ll want soothing herbs like licorice, slippery elm, and marshmallow root.
    • Your toddler can suck on slippery elm throat lozenges.
    • I’d also give an immune tincture like herb pharm to boost their immunity.
    • To learn my favorite herbal recipes for cough. See my Youtube videos.

Home remedies for cough and mucous

When it is mucous, you’ll want herbs that act as an expectorant, look for products with elecampane, hyssop, mullein, thyme, yerba santa, and ginger for warming.

Home remedies for infants

  • Using botanicals with infants requires more caution. The tincture doses are much less due to their body weight. Please see the dosing above.
  • To administer a tincture to an infant, you can add tinctures to a bottle or place them in 1/3 cup of water. Use a syringe or straw to make sure your child gets the full amount.
  • I wouldn’t use essential oils with children until they are 3 months of age. If you choose to, please use caution.
  • Make sure you only use 1 drop per 1 tbs. of oil. They should be very diluted and avoid the eyes, ears, and any openings in the body. Never ingest essential oils with infants. (Unless advised by a professional as they are very estrogenic.)

Home remedies for a cough with toddlers

Toddlers are a little easier, as they love anything new and fun. I would add tinctures to their Sippy cup, use a syringe, or sip out of a fun cup with a straw.

5 Home Cough Remedies

  1. Slippery elm lozenges – soothing and yummy to suck on
  2. Licorice & peppermint tea so sweet you don’t need any honey
  3. Herb Pharm Lung expectorant – combine this tincture with a glycerine tincture for your medicine
  4. Andrographis- to prevent pneumonia
  5. Echinacea tincture
Conclusion
When using botanicals and homeopathy with children it is very important you’re choosing the right herb (or homeopathic treatment) and the correct dosing for their symptoms. With a combined effort of diet, teas, and rest your child will be able to become resilient through the years.

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References

¹ https://chriskresser.com/rhr-treating-viral-pneumonia-and-other-infections/

²Reference used: “Herbal Remedies for Children’s Health” by Rosemary Gladstar

³ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decoction
7 Supplements your child needs to reduce seasonal allergies

7 Supplements your child needs to reduce seasonal allergies

Let me guess.. your little one has allergies.

  • Have you ever noticed the dark circles under their eyes?
  • Skin flare-ups?
  • Constipation or headaches?

It’s worrisome, I know.

Imagine if you could clear up these symptoms with diet and supplements.

I know, I’m not a fan of supplements either, and sometimes they feel like too much! But the truth is – these supplements fill the nutrient gaps.

Read that again 👆

If our diet, digestion, and gut health were “ideal”, we wouldn’t need so many supplements. This means, including herbs into our diet every single day.

But don’t forget, we can reverse these allergic symptoms and even “asthma-like” breathing – when we address their gut health. ¹

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My son began his life with milk intolerance and as he grew, I noticed he had a gluten intolerance as well. When we addressed his gut health – his symptoms changed.

  • his energy increased
  • his skin cleared up
  • stomach pains went away
  • the nagging cough stopped

So what can you do about it?

Here’s my promise to you. By the end of this post, you’ll understand how to reduce your child’s allergic response – naturally.

But wait! Always check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your child’s diet.

What is an allergy anyway?

When your child’s immune system reacts to a foreign substance – like an insect bite, pets dander, or cockroaches, their immune system produces a substance called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction or inflammation.

This inflammation can be as little as red, rosy cheeks, or as severe as anaphylaxis – a potentially life-threatening emergency.

Why allergies are bad right now

*While most food allergies cannot be cured, you will see an enormous change in your child’s health and symptoms when you address these 7 things:

  1. Your child’s gut health – heal their gut with the 4R approach
  2. Reducing inflammation naturally with herbs, diet & supplements
  3. Boosting their immunity with herbs & supplements
  4. Removing any food sensitivities to reduce inflammation*
  5. Promoting healthy digestion and elimination {no more constipation}
  6. Avoid medications and antibiotics – this affects their gut health
  7. Reducing toxins in their environment and food

What are the 6 types of allergies?

  1. Insect sting
  2. Pet dander
  3. Drug
  4. Mold
  5. Cockroach droppings- This is the #1 cause of breathing trouble with children in the city
  6. Hay fever

What are the top food allergies in children?

A food allergy produces an increase in IgE and possible anaphylactic shock. **You would NEVER re-introduce these foods into your child’s diet if they have a true food allergy to them.

Food Sensitivity is when your child’s digestive system is triggered. An elimination diet is the gold standard way to discover which foods bother your child and may even be causing behavioral problems. But, it will not “fix” the symptoms.

>>A good way to test your child’s food sensitivities is with EverlyWell:https://www.everlywell.com/products/food-sensitivity/

By integrating the 4R approach to reduce inflammation, you may notice fewer allergic responses and asthma attacks. If your child has a food sensitivity (not a food allergy!), you could re-introduce the food into their diet again or may keep it out for good. == I teach this method within my course: Allergy-Free Kids

What are the top food allergens & food sensitivities?

  1. Wheat
  2. Dairy
  3. Eggs
  4. Soy
  5. Crustaceans
  6. Fish
  7. Tree Nuts
  8. Peanuts

Food Allergy Symptoms

  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or throat
  • Hives
  • Anaphylaxis²

Food Sensitivity Symptoms

  • behavioral problems (dairy, wheat)
  • chronic belly aches, gas, bloating
  • dark circles under their eyes (dairy)
  • acne on the back of their arms (gluten)
  • bed-wetting
  • chronic sinus and ear infections (dairy)
  • hearing problems (occasionally accidentally diagnosed as ADHD)
  • headaches
  • sniffles
  • swollen lymph nodes & more
  • colic
  • chronic cough (gluten)

Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, can cause:

  • Sneezing
  • Itching of the nose, eyes, or roof of the mouth
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Watery, red, or swollen eyes (conjunctivitis)

The top 9 foods to add to your child’s diet to reduce inflammation include:

  • green leafy vegetables
  • organic purple fruits
  • fiber
  • probiotics
  • Tumeric
  • B vitamins: eggs, poultry, and lentils
  • Chlorella: sea vegetables
  • Culinary herbs to support detox: garlic and onion
  • Quercetin: Cherries, strawberries, and broccoli

7 Supplements To Reduce The Allergic Response

  • >>Pro tip: Keep in mind, that when kids are young and cannot swallow pills – you’ll want to open the capsules and pour the powder into a juice or smoothie and stir well.
  • You’re making a sort of “concoction” for them. Try one herb at a time, to see if there are any adverse reactions, then add a second botanical.
  • Little DaVinci products and Herb Pharm for kids are great choices for young children.

#1 Freeze-Dried Stinging Nettles

  • Better than Claritin!
  • Stinging nettles, are a prickly green herb you’ll find outside on the outskirts of your yard in the summertime.
  • They have a mean bite, but this bite, these hairs are known as a natural antihistamine – helping to reduce allergies naturally.
  • And the sting? That goes away when the greens are cooked or dried.
  • IMPORTANT: When you purchase nettles, it has to be the “freeze-dried” version because this is where the antihistamine is located – with the sting!
  • For children 4 or older: you can break open one of the freeze-dried stinging nettle capsules and add it to a shake or drink.
  • We like Planetary herbals freeze-dried stinging nettles: https://amzn.to/31T5xiF

 

  • Pro tip: Open the capsule for young children who cannot swallow the pills

#2 Quercetin

  • Quercetin is a plant pigment (flavonoid). It is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort, American elder, and others.
  • Quercetin has been shown to reduce inflammation and inhibit histamine release; reducing allergic response. ³
  • Add quercetin foods or supplements to your diet to reduce inflammation.
  • We like pure encapsulation: https://amzn.to/2HIl65V
  • Pro tip: Look for liquid quercetin supplements if your child cannot swallow pills.

#3 Curcumin

  • Curcumin was reported to have an anti-allergic property with an inhibitory effect on histamine release from the mast cells. Naturally found in Turmeric, you can add this orange spice to your little one’s hot chocolate or orange juice or add a supplement.
  • Gaia is a great company: https://amzn.to/35WVH0D

So there is a gut-allergy connection when you struggle with seasonal allergies. By “healing your gut”, you can reduce these symptoms.

#4 Digestive Enzyme

  • Digestive enzymes help break down protease, amylase, and lipase – aiding digestion and breaking down proteins, a common irritant.
  • In this post, Enzymedica explains how digestive enzymes can help reduce the allergic response.
  • My son loves kids digest by Enzymedica: https://amzn.to/34B8dDr

#5 Probiotics

  • Probiotics can help heal the gut, which can be the source of many inflammatory diseases – including allergies.
  • Look for ones with Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species for healthy immunity.
  • Download the FREE gut health questionnaire to see if your child is experiencing the symptoms associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome – in order to know if they need to heal their gut.
  • My clients and I have noticed quality matters when purchasing a probiotic. Klaire probiotics is a company I love.

#6 Butterbur

  • Butterbur is known to reduce migraines and seasonal allergies.
  • When purchasing Butterbur, choose one that is PA-free.
  • Here is the one we used with my son.

# 7 Grapefruit Seed Extract- Xlear

  • Nasal rinses have been used for years to clean out the pollen in your nasal passages.
  • As the neti pot is challenging for little kids, Xlear has worked well for us.
  • This is a great alternative to any nasal sprays your doctor has suggested.
  • This blend uses grapefruit seed extract, which is also known as a natural antibacterial to treat and prevent infections.

Conclusion:

When your child is struggling with allergies, you’ll want to address their gut health. Often, they’re not eating enough vitamins and minerals, or they’re consuming a food that they are sensitive to; causing an inflammatory response. Typically, gluten and dairy – are the top two foods kids love!

By reducing inflammation and the inflammatory response, you can reduce the seasonal allergy symptoms your child is experiencing and boost their health for years to come.

Have any of these worked for you? Let me know 👇

*Remember, you would never re-introduce a true food allergy to your child’s diet.


References:

  • ¹https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6056614/
  • ²https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/allergies/symptoms-causes/syc-20351497
  • ³https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27187333
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18398870
  • https://enzymedica.com/blogs/get-better/natural-remedies-for-spring-allergies
  • https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323276.php
  • Probiotics & Allergic Rhinitis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25899251