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
How we cured “asthma-like” breathing naturally

How we cured “asthma-like” breathing naturally

What if we could reduce asthma attacks, by addressing our gut health?

I know it seems far-fetched, but if your child has been struggling with colic, eczema, seasonal allergies, and now asthma – this is called an Allergic Triad.

And, functional medicine doctors are teaching us how this is all connected to our child’s gut health.

Does this sound familiar?

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But hang on…

**Always use an inhaler as suggested by your doctor and see my precautions below as to when to call the doctor. Plus, you would never use these remedies with an acute asthma attack. *

So what can you do about asthma?

In this post, I’m going to share how we stopped all our medications for asthma-like breathing by addressing my child’s gut health.

First, What is Asthma?

  • Asthma usually occurs when a substance, that the body sees as a foreign invader creates an overreaction of the body’s own immune system.
  • During an asthma attack, spasms in the muscles surrounding the bronchi (small airways in the lungs) constrict and impede the outward passage of air.

Symptoms of Asthma:

  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breathing and chest tightening
  • it can last for a few minutes or several hours
  • ***always use the medicine suggested by your doctor for an asthma attack

70% of children with allergies also have asthma – Dr. Aviva Romm

Two types of Asthma

Types of asthma are allergic and non-allergic; although the two often occur together.

Common asthma-provoking allergens include:

  • animal dander
  • cockroach droppings – children in city living have higher incidents of asthma
  • pollens
  • mold
  • pet dander
  • chemicals
  • drugs
  • dust mites
  • environmental pollutants – The Amish environment provides protection against asthma. ²
  • feathers
  • food additives
  • seafood
  • dairy products
  • nuts
  • yeast-based foods
  • fumes
  • mold
  • tobacco smoke/fireplace

Factors that trigger nonallergic asthma attacks include:

  • adrenal disorders
  • anxiety
  • temperature changes – cold weather
  • exercise
  • extreme dryness or humidity
  • fear
  • laughing
  • low blood sugar
  • stress
  • viral infection
  • gut health ¹

Gut Health & Asthma

  • We know children born via C-section have lower levels of healthy gut bacteria likeasthma Escherichia coli, Bifidobacterium, and Bacteroides ¹
  • Which can create what’s called gut dysbiosis; the bacteria in your child’s gut becomes unbalanced
  • And.. some moms cannot breastfeed for the suggested 6-9 months and begin adding alternative milk, that does not provide the necessary fatty acids that protect against allergies and asthma – This happened to us!
  • This imbalance continues into your child’s early life due to diet {or lack of probiotics} and increased antibiotic use.
  • This gut imbalance has also been connected to eczema²
  • Asthma development is also associated with respiratory tract infections when children are young

Natural Asthma Treatment

**Please keep in mind, that you should continue to use all medications until you and your pediatrician decide it is safe to come off all medications.**

Here are the 6 steps we took to reduce “asthma-like” breathing.

Step #1 Remove all allergens

  • Has your child been tested for allergies? If so, have you removed all allergens big and small?
  • For example, my son has a small allergy to wheat, dairy, red dye, and cockroaches. The allergist suggested not to remove these foods, but when he eats them his immune system is lower and he gets sick more often.
  • PLUS, he had a nagging cough.
  • When he is mostly gluten and dairy-free, he doesn’t have a nagging cough and he thrives with health. So even if the food sensitivity is small, try removing this from your child’s diet.
  • Here are the common food sensitivities your child may have:
    • milk and dairy
    • eggs
    • chocolate
    • soy
    • nuts
    • wheat {gluten is linked to nagging cough, see source}
    • corn

Step #2 Reduce Toxins In Your Environment

  • Use a Hepa Air Purifier: A HEPA filter is a type of mechanical air filter; it works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.
  • Use dust covers on pillows and bedding
  • Use natural cleaning products as much as you can
  • Remove foods from plastic as soon as you get them home
  • Have your child drink out of a stainless steel water cup and clean any straws often
  • Consider a water filter for your water system

Step #3 Reduce Stress

  • Encourage herbal teas of Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Stinging nettles, and Elderflower
  • Encourage activities like yoga- to reduce stress
  • My kids love this video!

Step #4 Improve Your Child’s Diet

  • Encourage a rainbow of foods or sneak them in with smoothies
  • To support detoxification look for foods with vitamins A, E, and C
    • Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps the heart, kidneys, and lungs work properly. Vitamin A can be found in:
      • cod liver oil {the #1 source}
      • eggs
      • orange and yellow vegetables
    • Vitamin E supports immune function and reduces inflammation
      • add foods with seeds like sunflower, almonds, peanuts, avocado, and spinach
    • Vitamin C reduces colds, flu, and asthma attacks. Vitamin C food sources include:
      • rose hips
      • broccoli, cauliflower, and green and red peppers

6 Supplements to reduce an Asthma Attack

  • B6 supplements
    • In one study, patients were given 50 mg of vitamin B6 twice daily and reported a dramatic decrease in the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
  • Omega 3
    • an anti-inflammatory to reduce inflammation
    • Food Sources: salmon, sardines, and herring
    • Dosing
      • Age 2-12: 1/2-1 tsp. day
      • We like nordic naturals
  • Vitamin D
    • Proven to boost immunity and reduce the common cold & flu. Reducing the risk of secondary infections.
    • Dosing
      • Age under 7: 400-800 IU
      • Age 7+: 800-1,000 IU
      • Age 12+ 2,000 IU
  • Zinc
    • Dosing
      • Age under 1 year: 2-3 mg
      • Age 4-8: 5mg/day {check with multi-vitamin}
      • Age 9-13: 10 mg
      • Age 14-18: 10-15 mg
      • Zinc helps prevent Upper Respiratory infections
  • Vitamin C
    • Dosing
      • Age 2-5: 200 mg
      • Age 6-11 250-500mg
      • Age 12+ 500-1,000 mg
      • Buffered Vitamin C to reduce exercise-induced asthma daily – given with food.
  • Probiotics
    • Look for a probiotic with Lactobacillus alone or with Bifidobacterium to reduce asthma attacks. Take regularly if your child is taking medication or has taken a probiotic.

Step #5 Reduce Medications

  • Your child’s gut health is connected to their overall health. When your child takes antibiotics, Tylenol, or Ibuprofen it affects their gut bacteria.

Step #6 Integrate Botanicals

Read this post to uncover my favorite botanicals that have helped us reduce medications for allergies 7 asthma:https://taragregorio.com/7-supplements-your-child-needs-to-reduce-allergies/

We also LOVE Little Davinci’s migrashield for migraines, allergies, and to reduce asthma attacks. :

  • Little Davinci’s, which has Butterbur in it. When purchasing Butterbur look for PA-free. Butterbur is known for reducing migraines and coughs.

  • Personalized tincture blend. I also created a custom tincture blend for my son, based on his inability to breathe in. The breathing in led me to add Ginseng to his tincture.
    • Personalized tincture blends included: Ginseng, Reishi, and Astragalus.
    • Book a health consultation to learn about your child’s unique needs for asthma.

Step #7 Heal your child’s Gut

Read this post to discover the medications affecting your child’s gut and how to heal it:https://taragregorio.com/how-the-4r-approach-reduces-childrens-food-sensitivities/

How to cure asthma naturally permanently

Work on healing your child’s gut, removing triggers in the environment, and reduce medications can help reduce asthma symptoms for years to come.

When to call the doctor

  • Always air on the side of caution and trust your momma instincts when your child does not feel well
  • If something doesn’t feel right, go to the ER right away
  • Always use your child’s inhaler; as directed by your doctor
  • TRUE food allergies; need medical care ALWAYS
  • Warning signs for allergic reactions:
    • blue lips
    • difficulty breathing or speaking
    • change in voice
    • swelling of lips and tongue
    • exposure to true food allergy
    • fainting, weakness, severe abdominal pain
    • as well as.. high fevers and screaming sore throats {sign of Strep}

Conclusion

I believe your child can overcome Asthma by healing their gut health and adding in the appropriate botanicals for their unique symptoms.

Begin by addressing your child’s gut health and adding probiotics and additional supplements they may need. Next work on healing their gut with the 4R approach, last add in the appropriate herbal remedies for your child’s health depending on their age and symptoms.

Warmly~ Tara


Resources

  • ¹ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3233928/
  • ² https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6337651/
Natural eczema treatment; when you address gut health

Natural eczema treatment; when you address gut health

Did you know, eczema is linked to other respiratory illnesses like asthma later in life?

Isn’t that crazy? I wish I knew that when my son was young.

Just imagine.. soothing your child’s itchy skin naturally and preventing a lifetime of health struggles with herbal remedies.

The interesting part?

These Atopic conditions; colic, seasonal allergies, asthma, and food sensitivities can change by addressing our children’s gut health.

**But don’t forget. Read my precautions below for when to call the doctor and never stop any medical treatment without talking to your doctor first.

It all comes down to this.

We need to address your child’s gut health to stop the Atopic triad: seasonal allergies, eczema, and asthma.

Are you ready?

Eczema: What causes it?

  • Children typically develop Eczema in their first year of life and it is triggered by top allergen foods like; milk, eggs, soy, and wheat.
  • In Chinese medicine, they suggest Eczema is due to the surface of toxic heat from the mother’s uterus.²
  • **When Eczema is triggered by the consumption of peanuts, nuts, or shellfish this suggests a food allergy and you would want to get your child tested.
  • >>>>You would NEVER reintroduce a true food allergy into your child’s diet unless monitored by your doctor!

There are two ways to address your child’s allergies:

  • #1 Have your child tested for allergies.
    • Even if it is a small food sensitivity, remove the food that is bothering your child.
    • Typically, it would be gluten or dairy.
    • If the mom is breastfeeding, she can remove these foods from her diet as well.
  • #2 Try an elimination diet for 2-4 weeks.
    • Remove gluten and dairy and see if there is a change. {If there is no change, you’ll want to heal your child’s gut with the 4R approach when they are a toddler or older}
    • How do you heal your child’s gut? Read this.

Eczema Symptoms

Eczema is defined as dry or weeping skin; characterized by severe itchy and possibly burning, cracked, or red skin that can blister and ooze when scratched.

Atopic dermatitis, conventional medicine typically wants to cover the skin up with vaseline or a steroid, but functional medicine doctors are teaching us otherwise.

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eczema

Symptoms to look for when your child has eczema:

  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Areas of swelling
  • Oozing
  • Dark-colored patches of skin
  • Rough, leathery, or scaly patches of skin
  • Bad itching

External Remedies For Eczema

  • If you’re breastfeeding; you can apply the hindmilk to your child’s itchy skin. {The hindmilk is the milk at the end of the feeding}
  • Use unscented soaps OR eliminate soap altogether – I use to put olive oil in my child’s tub!
  • You can apply coconut, almond, or olive oil to their skin – they may get greasy so a salve may be better {see below}
  • Use 100% cotton clothing
  • Chlorinated water can worsen eczema as well, try a water filter on the shower
  • Keep fingernails cut and clean
  • Make an herb paste out of aloe vera gel alone or with chickweed and calendula
  • Apply an emollient salve made with calendula, comfrey root, or plantain topically. Not internally.
  • Try this Salt Bath for your child to reduce inflammation and improve Mg levels- just make sure the salt is stirred up first!

Internal Remedies For Eczema

  • Add a probiotic with Lactobacillus Rhamanosus like Klair infant
    • Add this powder to their bottle or sippy cup
  • After 2-4 weeks if you haven’t seen any improvement, follow the 4R approach to heal your child’s gut if your child is a toddler or older
  • With your doctor’s approval you can add these herbs:
    • For children over 5 years of age
      • Add 150mg Quercetine 1-2x day to heal the gut. Klaire Labs is a great company. Crack open the pill and add it to your child’s drink.
      • Freeze-dried Stinging Nettles acts as a natural anti-histamine for kids 2+
        • Offer 1-2 capsules 2x day to reduce itching and inflammation, I like this company
        • Caution: watch for an allergic response, especially if mom or dad has allergies
  • Try a kitcheri fast for mom or child for 5-10 days
  • >>>Be sure to include essential fatty acids in mom’s diet, if breastfeeding, and in the babies, diet if not

What is the 4R approach? Read this post: https://taragregorio.com/how-the-4r-approach-reduces-childrens-food-sensitivities.

Eczema Elimination Diet

The best way to reduce eczema is to practice an elimination diet AND heal your child’s gut – together.

Elimination diets will not work until you heal your child’s gut and address the underlying problem

How do you do an elimination diet?

When to call the doctor

  • Always air on the side of caution and trust your momma instincts when your child does not feel well
  • If something doesn’t feel right, go to the ER right away
  • Always use your child’s inhaler; as directed by your doctor
  • TRUE food allergies; need medical care ALWAYS
  • Warning signs for allergic reactions:
    • blue lips
    • difficulty breathing or speaking
    • change in voice
    • swelling of lips and tongue
    • exposure to true food allergy
    • fainting, weakness, severe abdominal pain
    • as well as.. high fevers and screaming sore throats {sign of Strep}

Conclusion

Eczema in children is a result of poor gut health caused during pregnancy {moms gut health}, by birth {higher in C-section babies} and if your child has had medications in the first few months of their lives. This is no fault of your own. Addressing your child’s gut health will get to the root cause of itchy, dry skin and may prevent further problems as they get older.

xo

Tara

P.S. Are you ready to learn more? Join Home Remedies for Children for just $47 to learn the must-have herbal and homeopathic remedies for babies, toddlers, and big kids so you can feel confident using natural remedies. Join here:https://courses.taragregorio.com/p/homeremediesforchildren2


References

  • https://www.amymyersmd.com/2016/04/treat-eczema-inside/
  • ¹https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/
  • ² Tierra, Lesley; Healing with the herbs of life. Pg. 291
Herbal salt bath for kids

Herbal salt bath for kids

Dry, itchy, red skin?

or just feeling overwhelmed?

This gentle salt bath can soothe your child’s skin, boost magnesium supplies and soothe achy muscles.

Great for moms as well!

Herbal Bath For Baby & Toddler

Ingredients

  • 5-7 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1/4 cup of Milk
  • Plain Epsom Salts {see doses below}
  • Coconut oil or Olive oil {for children with eczema or dry skin}

Instructions

  1. Fill a bath with warm water.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salts for kids under 5, 1 cup for kids 5-12, and kids over 12 and adults up to 2cups.
  3. Add 5-7 drops of essential oil to 1/4 cup of milk!!
  4. Add to bath and stir
  5. When essential oils are dispersed, then let the baby in the tub:)
  6. CAUTION; Essential oils can burn the skin. Please dilute.
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Eczema is the first symptom of the Atopic Triad.

Next comes seasonal allergies and then Asthma-like breathing. Read this post to learn how to prevent a lifetime of allergic disease: https://taragregorio.com/gut-health-eczema-treatment-prevent-a-lifetime-of-allergic-disease/

xo

Tara

Obsessed with natural remedies, Tara Gregorio is a Certified Women’s Herbal Educator located in Cold Spring, NY. She loves helping women reduce their medications with botanicals. Her favorite herbal recipes can be found on Pinterest and Instagram. https://taragregorio.com/
5 Ways to boost your child’s immunity

5 Ways to boost your child’s immunity

 

What if our children…

  • got over illnesses faster
  • had fewer allergies, asthma, or autoimmune conditions
  • had little need for Ibuprofen or Tylenol (these drugs impact their gut health)
  • need fewer surgeries (like a tonsillectomy, etc.)
  • experienced fewer secondary infections; like pneumonia

This is what is possible when our children are fully nourished and don’t have any nutrient gaps. They’re resilient.

The truth?

Diet is always first, but we all know how our children are picky eaters – they love bread and cheese.

So, how do we keep them healthy all year?

First, sneaking in veggies to their shakes and sweet treats. But, second integrating herbal medicine can help fill this nutrient gap they’re experiencing.

Before we dive in, try to avoid these seven things that weaken your child’s immunity.

7 Things that weaken our immune system

Before raising resilience, we have to ask, “Why are our children so sick?”

  1. Reduce the number of toxins in their environment & pesticides. There is an increase in the number of pesticides in our food. Even when washed, these chemicals remain and are known to cause negative effects on our bodies and affect our immune systems. Children absorb more chemicals due to their size and immune system.
  2. Reduce C-sections. The rate of C-sections has increased three times since the 1990s. Studies have shown that children delivered via C-sections have lower immunity than natural birth.
  3. Reduce antibiotic use. The amount of medication a child receives has increased. Dr. Aviva Romm suggests “By the time they are 20, they may have had 19 rounds of antibiotics”
  4. Reduce stress. There may be increased stress in the home with both parents working.
  5. Improve their diet. Children are notorious for being picky and having a poor, unbalanced diet.
  6. Improve pregnancy diets. During pregnancy, a mom’s diet changes. She’s eating less wheat, dairy, peanuts, and other top allergens.
  7. Try breastfeeding. Your child may or may not have been breastfed. Mother’s milk contains rich nutrients that not only nourish a child completely but also boost a child’s immune system.

So, what can we do to improve our children’s health?

How to boost your child’s immune system quickly

#1 Diet is always first

  • We know 70-80% of all adult cancers can be avoided with a plant-based diet. But picky toddlers are known to choose processed foods over natural, plant-based, healthy foods.
  • An increase in their sugar and processed-food consumption decreases their immune response and may lead to a condition called “Leaky Gut Syndrome.”
  • This condition happens when gaps develop in the intestinal wall start to loosen and allow harmful substances like bacteria, toxins, and undigested foods to pass through into the bloodstream.

It would be ideal to have our children eat 2-3 fruits and vegetables at each meal. This can be a huge challenge when you’re a working parent and have more than one child.

    • Try offering a chocolate shake blended with chocolate dairy-free milk, banana, spinach, avocado, and cherries, or check out Yummy Toddler Food’s recipes!

#2 Reduce Medications

Some medications can lead to a condition called “Leaky Gut Syndrome.” If your child is experiencing this, you may notice that they have more food sensitivities, more allergies, more rashes, and may have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.

Medications that lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome in kids are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Steroids
  • NSAIDs
  • Acid reducing medication

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10 Signs of Leaky Gut Syndrome In Children

    1. Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
    2. Nutritional deficiencies
    3. Low immune system
    4. Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
    5. Excessive fatigue
    6. Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
    7. Cravings for sugar or carbs
    8. Arthritis or joint pains
    9. Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
    10. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and celiac disease

#3 Add in supplements

As children’s diets are typically poor, we may need to give supplements to “fill the gap”. The three supplements I would add to your child’s diet if their eating is poor are:

#1 Zinc Citrate
    • Zinc Citrate is an essential trace element responsible for the proper immune function and the health of the gut
    • Zinc citrate, given continuously for more than 3 months, has been proven to decrease the risk of pneumonia in children under 5 years of age. ²
    • Food sources: Oysters and Pumpkin Seeds are two rich sources of dietary zinc
#2 Vitamin D3
    • Vitamin D3 has been shown to reduce cold & flu symptoms by 45%
    • This is found in oily fish (tuna, salmon, etc.), butter, and eggs, sunlight
    • Vitamin D3 supplements
        • kids under 7: 400- 800 IU
        • kids 7-12: 800-1000 IU
        • kids 12+ and adults: 2,000 IU
#3 Probiotic

#4 Add in botanicals

  • Herbal teas provide many minerals and nutrients your child lacks in the classic American diet.
  • A safe, effective herbal tea is called Astragalus.

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

Read more about making this nourishing juice for your child here 👇

  • https://taragregorio.com/astragalus-apple-juice/

#5 Heal Leaky Gut in Children

  • If your child has Leaky Gut Syndrom and/or allergies, you may want to consider healing their gut with the 4R approach. See this post.
  • You also will want to learn about integrating natural remedies to reduce antibiotic use.
  • Healing the gut is more than an elimination diet.
  • You remove the top allergens and then you add back in nutrients and gut-healing herbs to soothe the digestive tract.

Your child doesn’t have to suffer, learn how to heal their gut so they have fewer…

  • food sensitivities
  • allergic reactions
  • behavioral problems and
  • fewer asthma attacks

Conclusion

Getting to the root of your child’s immunity is important. Have they had antibiotics? Have they taken many doses of NSAIDs? Do they have any allergies? Do they need to heal their gut?

Once we figure this out, then adding in botanicals can “boost their immunity” and reduce food sensitivities for years to come.

xo Tara

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References:

¹ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4574972/

² https://www.xymogen.com/assets/imageDisplay.ashx?productID=392&attachmentTypeID=1

³ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5638472/

 

Obsessed with natural remedies, Tara Gregorio is a Certified Women’s Herbal Educator located in Cold Spring, NY. She loves helping women reduce their medications with botanicals. Her favorite herbal recipes can be found on Pinterest and Instagram. https://taragregorio.com/