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7 Supplements Your Child Needs To Reduce Allergies

7 Supplements Your Child Needs To Reduce 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, but the truth is our food is not what it use to be and you must admit – your child’s diet is not the best.

Here’s the thing. It all begins with their gut health. Hard to believe, right?

But don’t forget, we can reverse these symptoms and reduce further complications like occurrences of ear and sinus infections and even “asthma-life” symptoms – 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.

So what can you do about it?

#1 Download the gut health questionnaire to see if your child is at risk.

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
  2. Reducing inflammation naturally with herbs, diet & supplements
  3. Boosting their immunity with supplements
  4. Removing any food sensitivities to reduce inflammation*
  5. Promoting healthy evacuation
  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.

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.

What are the top food allergens?

  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)
Take the gut health questionnaire below to see if your child is at risk. 👇

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)

Remember food is always the best source of vitamins and minerals.

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, 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

You may know stinging nettles as those prickly greens that bite you in the springtime. Personally, I find the sting invigorating and as a sign of warm weather to come, but many hate the sting. The hairs – and the sting – on the nettles reduce when the greens are cooked.

“Mast cells are where histamine is formed, stored, and released. So by preventing their breakdown, they act as a natural antihistamine.”²

For children 4 or older: you can break open one of the capsules and add it to a shake or drink.

We like Planetary herbals: https://amzn.to/31T5xiF

#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

Pure Encapsulation is a great company: https://amzn.to/2HIl65V

#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.

Gaia is a great company: https://amzn.to/35WVH0D

#4 Digestive Enzyme

My favorite supplement company is Enzymedica.

In this post, they explain how digestive enzymes can help reduce the allergic response. The enzymes help break down protease, amylase, and lipase – aiding digestion and breaking down proteins, a common irritant. We love this product for my son.

Kids digest is amazing: 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 gut health questionnaire to see if your child is experiencing the symptoms associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome.

#6 Butterbur

This one supplement was life-changing for us!

My son was diagnosed with “asthma-like” symptoms and went home with over four prescription drugs. We love Little Davinci Migrashield. Please choose a supplement that is PA-free.

How did we clear up a nagging cough, allergies, and asthma?

# 7 Grapefruit Seed Extract- Xlear

Nasal rinses have been used for years to clean out the pollen in your nasal passages.

This blend uses grapefruit seed extract, which is also (more…)

4 Steps to Overcome a Yeast Infection

4 Steps to Overcome a Yeast Infection

Wouldn’t it be great if women had a fast remedy for yeast infections?

Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), or more commonly known as a yeast infection, is the second most common cause of vaginitis {inflammation in the vaginal area} in the US.¹

It’s caused by the fungus Candida albicans, however other species are becoming increasingly common.

But, wait up.

There are two other types of vaginitis;

  • Bacterial Vaginosis and
  • Trichomoniasis also cause itching and discharge
  • so you may want to see your doctor and get tested, especially if you are pregnant.

So, what are the symptoms you are looking for?

Yeast Infection Symptoms

  • A smell of yeast may be the first indicator that you notice.
  • Next may be a mild to severe itching and irritation of the vulva area.
  • You also may notice the vulva is red from scratching; which you want to try to avoid.
  • **2 Unique symptoms include:

You may notice one or more of these symptoms

  • inflammation
  • burning
  • itching
  • irritation
  • swelling
  • pain with urinating {Dysuria}
  • thick, whitish, vaginal discharge
  • yeast-like odor
  • it started during menopause
  • it happens monthly
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Yeast Infection Discharge

  • Look for curdy, whitish to yellowish discharge
  • You may have no order or smell similar to yeast bread
  • You may have redness from itching
  • If you were to test your PH, it would be normal

What causes these repeated infections?

Yeast Infection causes

    1. Repeated antibiotic use
    2. Diabetes mellitus
    3. HIV infection/AIDS
    4. Increase estrogen levels {HRT}
    5. Pregnancy
    6. Hyperglycemia
    7. Allergies

And.. anything that disrupts the vaginal flora such as:

  • Antibiotics
  • Use of tampons, sponges, douches, intrauterine devices, and sex toys
  • Sexual practices or new partners
  • IUD, spermicide
  • Rise in PH
  • Decline in lactobacillus
  • Lack of hydrogen peroxide
  • Hot tubs
  • Sexual abuse

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4 Step Yeast Infection Home Remedies

I like to take a four-step approach when treating a yeast infection. Follow these four steps to reduce the number of yeast infections you experience.

#1 Take an antimicrobial internally AND externally {see below}

Antimicrobials for yeast infections Internally
Look for the following herbs or take a blended formula like this one and take daily.<


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  • Take garlic internally and consider inserting it vaginally {see recipe below}👇
  • Consider taking these herbs INTERNALLY to reduce infection and inflammation
    • Echinacea
    • Garlic
    • Astragalus
    • Goldenseal
    • Oregano
    • Thyme
    • Various mushrooms like Reishi

#2 Internally take an adaptogen to boost immunity and resistance

Adaptogens for Stress

  • Eleuthero
  • Ginseng
  • Schizandra
  • Ashwagandha
  • Reishi

There are so many beautiful Adaptogen blends out on the market. This is a nice blend with Reishi.

Anything from Gaia herbs, Herb Pharm, or Herbalist & Alchemist is a good start.

#3 Internally address your gut health

Read this post on how I was able to eat gluten again because of the 4R approach: https://taragregorio.com/how-the-4r-approach-helped-me-heal-my-gut-allowed-me-to-eat-gluten-again/

Consider adding in:

  • a probiotic daily or a spoonful of yogurt every day
  • digestive enzymes- I love Enzymedica
  • DGL
  • and drinking teas of Chamomile & Peppermint

#4 Externally apply botanicals to reduce inflammation.

DIY Yoni Wash Recipe

  • Make a cup of strong Calendula tea
  • Strain & Cool
  • Add 1-2 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • Place in a Peri-rinse bottle like this one
  • Rinse the vaginal area 2-3x day

Optional: Apply a healing salve with Calendula if you’re feeling dry, red, and irritated.


Read this post for UTI relief: https://taragregorio.com/5-steps-to-stop-a-uti-naturally/

 

How to use garlic for a yeast infection

Garlic is a wise woman’s popular herbal remedy.

How do you use it?

  • Take a fresh, single clove- peeled
  • Carefully insert nightly and leave overnight
  • You could dip it into vegetable oil to ease insertion if you needed

Garlic is effective against the fungi E. coli, Proteus, Mycobacterium, and Candida species, but you may notice a garlicky smell!!

And…Watch for irritation or even chemical burns for sensitive skin.

Conclusion

Medications, antibiotics, and the use of tampons and vaginal lubricants can all affect the healthy flora in the vaginal area causing recurring yeast infections.

Addressing your gut health and integrating more natural products, could be the number one way to stop this irritating cycle.

Click below to see my favorite products to reduce yeast infections and urinary tract infections for years to come.

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¹ Romm, Aviva; Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health pg. 258

Certified women’s herbal educator, Tara Gregorio is helping moms around the world reduce medications with herbs & homeopathy. Learn more about Tara here: https://taragregorio.com/

How I healed postpartum anxiety by addressing my gut health

How I healed postpartum anxiety by addressing my gut health

I know what you’re thinking.

How can you reduce anxiety by addressing your gut health?

But…Does this sound familiar?
  • bloating
  • pain with eating gluten or dairy
  • skin eruptions
  • exhaustion
  • seasonal allergies
  • recurring yeast infections
  • achy joints and muscles
  • eczema

Imagine ….

….what if would be like to not have to worry about your digestion so much

…to feel at ease, when you eat out or at your mother-in-laws

…to not have to bring your own food to parties

The interesting part?

We are never taught how to heal our bodies after having children.

There is only one postpartum doctor’s appointment for you, yet there are several for your child.

Why is that?

So, what’s the answer? The 4R approach.

First… click below for your FREE gut health questionnaire.

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What is the 4R approach?

This method addresses the underlying causes of gut imbalances and restores harmony, helping to alleviate symptoms and maybe even disease.

The program suggests you: Remove> Reinoculate> Repair> Reintroduce

healing stomach lining

How do you heal your gut?

  • Remove all triggers: i.e. all allergens and cross reactors like gluten and dairy.
  • Get off medications (with Dr.’s approval and replace them with natural remedies ).
  • Reduce your stress with meditation, exercise, and botanicals.
  • Heal your gut lining with the 4R approach below.

1. Remove

Take out what ails you.

The top allergens are:

  • wheat
  • corn
  • eggs
  • dairy
  • peanuts
  • soybeans.

Add in whole grains (like quinoa and rice), organic vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats.

  • Remove allergens for 4-6 weeks {or it may take up to a year to heal your gut if you have an auto-immune disease}
  • Encourage whole, organic foods
  • Consider shopping the perimeter of the grocery store

2. Replace

#1 After 2-4 weeks on the Elimination diet..

#2 Add in bitters

  • I like Urban Moonshine Bitters
    • This will trigger the digestive system to produce digestive enzymes, secrete bile and balance HCI levels in the stomach.
    • Take bitters 10-15 minutes before your meal.
    • If you have a lot of nausea with meals or when you take supplements, you might also need some additional stomach acid in the form of a supplement called Betaine HCl, or try 1 Tbs. of apple cider vinegar in water with your meals. {click on links above to see the companies I love}

3. Reinoculate

Wait 2 weeks on the elimination diet or up to 6 weeks before adding in a probiotic.

Adding in a probiotic can give you gas and bloating if you do not remove the allergens first.

  • Add a good quality probiotic to restore your gut flora. I like Klair probiotics.
  • You want it to have a minimum of 5 billion CFU in each dose, and a good range of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species.
  • Fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut, and kimchee can also be a helpful advantage to your gut, add it into your diet 3-4x week. Although very delicious, kombucha can be high in sugar so consider using sparingly.

4. Repair

Include the following supplement for 6-weeks or more to repair your gut.

The following supplements can be taken for up to 6 months to help to heal the intestinal lining:

  • Tumeric- I personally like to take turmeric in a blended tincture like Adrena nourish
  • Aloe vera
  • Marshmallow root powder
  • DGL licorice (aloe and licorice are not for internal use during pregnancy; these are fine for children) are some of the most effective herbs for healing the gut lining.
    • They are best taken in capsule or extract form, though turmeric can also be added to foods.
      • Do you get heartburn?
        • DGL or diglyceride licorice is a great alternative to tums and does not raise your blood pressure. DGL licorice is available as chewable lozenges and thus may be the simplest one to give to kids.
        • Klair labs has one here or Pure encapsulation combines aloe, slippery elm, and marshmallow root together!
  • Zinc: 5-10 mg/day for children 4-7 years, 10-20 mg/day for children to age 12, 25-40 mg/day for older children and adults.
  • An antioxidant supplement
    • Look for one containing vitamins A and carotenoids, C, E, and selenium.
    • These are often found in a multivitamin.
    • Pregnant women should get these from their prenatal vitamin only.

Conclusion

If you scored high on the gut health questionnaire, these herbal supplements will help you heal your gut and reduce unwanted digestive issues, along with healing anxiety. Elimination diets alone will not work unless you add in the gut-healing remedies.

Have questions? Send me an email or book a women’s health consultation.

4 Medications That Could Affect Your Child’s Gut Health

4 Medications That Could Affect Your Child’s Gut Health

Be honest. You’re wondering why everyone is gluten and/or dairy-free.

Why do some people have trouble digesting these foods or others have no problem.

What if your child was able to eat these foods again, without digestive pain?

And should this be a concern of yours?

Think about this for a moment. Your child is exposed to more chemicals and antibiotics than you ever were.

Do you ever wonder if it is affecting their health?

Here’s the thing, there are medications affecting your child’s gut health.

4 Medications that lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome In Kids:

  • #1 Antibiotics
  • #2 Steroids
  • #3 NSAIDs
  • #4 Acid reducing medication

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

“Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins are able to “leak” through the intestinal wall.”

But hang on, why is this a concern for us?

When you have Leaky Gut, you are at an increased risk for food sensitivity and food allergies.

What exactly is a food sensitivity?

A food sensitivity:

  • typically causes a less severe reaction
  • they may have an ongoing/undiagnosed cough
  • usually causes digestive problems
  • your child’s skin may break out after they eat
  • dairy and gluten may be the top sensitive foods for them

A true food allergy causes:

  • an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body
  • it can cause a range of symptoms
  • in some cases, an allergic food reaction can be severe or life-threatening
  • you would NEVER re-introduce this food into your child’s diet!!!
  • The 4R approach may reduce your child’s reaction to their allergy but you would never re-introduce the food to them again unless under a doctor’s supervision

But don’t forget, you can heal your child’s gut with the 4R approach below.

Does my child need to heal their gut? Do they have these symptoms?

Leaky Gut Syndrome Symptoms

  1. Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
  2. Nutritional deficiencies
  3. Poor 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. Joint pain
  9. Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, bad behavior at school
  10. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac
  11. Chronic cough
  12. Allergies, Asthma, & Eczema
  13. Cheeks get red easily
If your child has some of these symptoms, they may have Leaky Gut Syndrome and may need the 4R approach. Take this questionnaire to see if your child needs to heal their gut. 👇

Leaky Gut Syndrome Test

How? Let me explain.

How to improve digestion in toddlers & big kids?

It’s a method that addresses the underlying causes of gut imbalances and restores harmony, helping to alleviate symptoms and maybe even disease for our children. The program suggests you: Remove> Reinoculate> Repair> Reintroduce

Healing leaky gut in child

How do you heal your child’s gut?

  • Promote healthy evacuation daily with fiber, fruit, vegetables, and water
  • Try an elimination diet for 2-3 weeks if symptoms persist, you may want to try the 4R approach
  • Remove all triggers: i.e. all allergens and cross reactors like gluten and dairy
  • Get off medications (with Dr.’s approval and replace with natural remedies )
  • Reduce your child’s stress with reading, being outside, and adding herbal teas
  • Heal their gut lining with the 4R approach below
  • NEVER re-introduce foods that cause a true allergic reaction

Keep in mind.

This program is most successful when the whole family agrees to participate. So, what are the steps?

Leaky Gut Supplements

The 4R approach for children

1. Remove

Take out what ails them

  • Remove the top allergens for your child including wheat, corn, eggs, dairy, peanuts, and soybeans.
  • Add in whole grains (like quinoa and rice), organic vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats.
  • Remove all allergens for 4-6 weeks or it may take up to a year to heal their gut with an auto-immune disease.
  • Encourage whole, organic foods if able.
  • This is the hardest part to do with small kids. It helps if the whole house works together.
  • Plan ahead. Print recipes, go grocery shopping, be prepared for meltdowns:)

2. Replace

  • Add in a digestive enzyme like Vital Chews or Kids Digest to help your child digest protein, dairy, and meat
  • If digestive enzymes produce bloating, your child may have SIBO. Ask for help.
  • Teenagers can have 350 HCL at the beginning of a meal to aid digestion or offer bitters to them.

3. Reinoculate

  • Add in a high-quality children’s probiotic like Klaire
    • this is safe for infants and up to age 7
  • Wait 2 weeks for the elimination diet or up to 6 weeks. Adding in a probiotic can give you gas and bloating if you do not remove the allergens first and start with digestive enzymes.
  • Look for probiotics with Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species.
  • For older kids, they can incorporate fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut, and kimchee 3-4x week.
  • Although very delicious, kombucha can be high in sugar so consider using sparingly.

4. Repair

Include the following supplements for 6-weeks or more to repair your child’s gut. Dosing depends on your child’s age. The following supplements can be taken for up to 6 months to help to heal the intestinal lining:

  • Tumeric
  • Curcumin
  • Ginger
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Marshmallow root powder
  • DGL licorice (aloe and licorice are not for internal use during pregnancy; these are fine for children) are some of the most effective herbs for healing the gut lining.

Zinc dosing

  • Age 4-7 years old 5-10 mg/day
  • Age 12 10-20 mg/day

Fish oil:

Conclusion

In short, if your child is struggling with food sensitivities and you find you’re avoiding foods, there is hope. The 4R approach is more than an elimination diet. The 4R approach can heal your child’s digestive tract, reduce bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation for years to come, and reduce their risk of autoimmune disease as well.

 

>>>>>P.S. Ready to learn more? Grab this FREE gut health questionnaire; perfect for kids age 2+.

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/
Gut Health Eczema Treatment: Prevent a lifetime of allergic disease

Gut Health Eczema Treatment: Prevent a lifetime of allergic disease

It’s frustrating when your little one has eczema.

Did you know, eczema is linked to other respiratory illnesses like asthma later in life? Even when they outgrow the dry, itchy skin.

Just imagine.. soothing your child 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.

Isn’t that amazing?

**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 our chid’s gut health to stop the Atopic triad: seasonal allergies, eczema, and asthma.

Are you ready?

Over 30 million Americans have eczema. ¹

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 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.

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 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} 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. Known as Atopic dermatitis, conventional medicine does not see a “cure” for this but, functional medicine doctors and alternative medicine practitioners and are teaching us otherwise.

Your skin is an expression of your gut health. Click To Tweet

eczema

Symptoms to look for:

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

Grab this FREE gut health questionnaire to see if your child needs to heal their gut. 👇

Eczema Home Remedies

External Remedies For Eczema

  • If breastfeeding; apply the hindmilk to your child’s itchy skin. {The hindmilk is the milk at the end of the feeding}
  • Use unscented soaps OR eliminated soap altogether
  • 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.
  • Honey and beeswax – Make this combination at home and caution with children under 1 year of age or make this healing salve at home by Wellness Mama
  • Try this Salt Bath for your child

Internal Remedies For Eczema

  • Add a probiotic with Lactobacillus Rhamanosus like Klair infant
  • After 2-4 weeks if you haven’t seen any improvement, follow the 4R approach to heal your child’s gut
  • 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
        • 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 moms diet, if breastfeeding, and in 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?

Step #1 Remove the top allergens your child has.

The foods to remove are:

  • milk
    • If you are breastfeeding, mom can remove these allergens
    • If bottle-feeding try goats milk or hydrolyzed formula
  • eggs
  • soy
  • wheat

Step #2 Add in a Probiotic with Lactobacillus Rhamanosus like Klair infant

Step #3 Follow the 4R approach outlined in this blog post

Step #4 Reduce medications and integrate natural remedies

Step #5 Reduce toxins in your environment

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. Addressing your child’s gut health will get to the root cause of itchy, dry skin.

P.S. Grab this FREE questionnaire to get to the root cause of your child’s skin flare; their gut health.


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
Why natural remedies are perfect for kids

Why natural remedies are perfect for kids

Did you know by the age of 19, your child may have had between 10-20 rounds of antibiotics?

  • Do you know what this is doing to your child’s gut health?
  • I know, I know, it’s frustrating when your little one gets sick. All you want is for them to feel better – fast.
  • And.. you’re a busy momma and don’t have time to research botanicals.

I get it.

But, now is the time to integrate botanicals.

Why?

Our children’s health is suffering.

  • Have you noticed how many kids are gluten and dairy-free? Yup. This is why.

Imagine knowing exactly what remedies to use when your kids get sick.

Imagine fewer medications.

Imagine your child knowing what remedies to use when they are sick.

So, what do I mean by natural remedies? I mean…

  • botanicals/herbs
  • homeopathy
  • food
  • and maybe some essential oils:)

The truth?

If we don’t learn how to use them now, I’ll children’s health will suffer for years to come. We are already seeing it happen.

In this post, I’m going to share the 5 reasons our children need to start using natural remedies.

1. Antibiotic Resistance

One of the biggest threats to our global health today is antibiotic resistance, the World Health Organization suggests.

“Bacteria, not humans or animals, become antibiotic-resistant. These bacteria may infect humans and animals, and the infections they cause are harder to treat than those caused by non-resistant bacteria.” ¹

Bacterial infections need antibiotics and if you overuse them, they may not work when you need them most. According to the CDC, “Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die.” Source

We have to consider reducing antibiotics and integrating natural remedies.

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2. Food Intolerances (gluten/dairy)

If you haven’t heard the word microbiome yet, get ready to learn more. These communities of gut flora run from our mouth to our anus and affect our weight, mood, mental health, and even our immunity. One of the ways we damage this flora is through yup, you guessed it, antibiotics.

And, children born via c-section are already compromised due to the one dose of antibiotics mom gets before surgery.

If you’re planning a C-section, consider Vaginal seeding to protect your child’s gut flora and take a probiotic in your third trimester.

When your child’s microbiome is affected, they may have difficulty digesting gluten and dairy – some of the top inflammatory foods we consume.

3. Leaky Gut Syndrome In Children

Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins are able to “leak” through the intestinal wall causing headaches, food intolerances, allergies and joint pain in our child’s health.

Medications that lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome In Kids:

  • Antibiotics
  • Steroids
  • NSAIDs
  • Acid reducing medication

If your child is taking these medications regularly, you may want to consider the 4R approach. Read more about Leaky Gut Syndrom in kids Here.

4. Clostridium Difficile In Children – C. diff

The leading cause of death in the hospital, Clostridium difficile or C. diff. is a bacterium that is normally present in the body in small numbers. When they are out of balance with the rest of your gut bacteria – due to antibiotic use or a compromised immune system, they may cause an infection and result in diarrhea.

This bacteria produces a toxin that causes inflammation of the colon and results in varying degrees of diarrhea, sometimes a bloody stool, and could potentially lead to death. Often, children with a compromised immune system have the greatest risk of getting C. Diff. If your child has bloody stool, please have it checked immediately for C. Diff.

C. diff can go hand in hand with Celiac disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease; please have your child checked if you suspect they have C. Diff.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may suggest an antibiotic or to take the probiotic Saccharomyces Boulardi daily to replenish your gut flora. Read more here.

5. Eczema

An inflammatory skin condition, Eczema, affects 1 in 5 children and is increasing each year. Known as ‘the itch that rashes’ typically begins with the itch and ends with red, scaly skin. You may also have rough bumps, thick patches or bumps that leak fluid and crust over.

Those with Atopic dermatitis typically have a food allergy to wheat, dairy, peanuts or nuts. And, when they use antibiotics, this affects their gut health leading to allergies and “asthma-like” symptoms as they get older.

Why should our children use natural remedies?

  1. They are generally safe and easy to use
  2. We are teaching our children how to take care of themselves
  3. Botanicals aid with digestion
  4. They soothe the nervous system
  5. They reduce antibiotic use
  6. They are more affordable

Conclusion

Integrating botanicals into your child’s diet can reduce the number of medications they need for years to come. Saving you time in the doctor’s office and money on medications and ER visits.

Warmly~ Tara

Natural Antibiotics for kids

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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/

 

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