Is Your Child Suffering from Childhood Allergies?
By Dr. Laura. Kwiatkowski, ND
Arizona once was considered a haven for allergy sufferers, providing relief for both adult and childhood allergies. People would move here to see if their allergies would resolve. There really isn’t overwhelming evidence to support this choice and there are a lot of factors that play into allergies. For example, many people who live in the Midwest have ragweed allergies. Unfortunately, ragweed also grows in Arizona so you would not necessarily find relief by moving here. There have been more non-native plants being transplanted to Arizona over the years increasing the pollen diversity. I still see mold allergies in Arizona even though it is a dry climate.
The Arizona valley has a high level of air pollution and the smog can irritate and sensitize the airways contributing to allergies and asthma. We also see that people who have an improvement in their allergies initially by moving to Arizona will start to have allergies within a few years of living here. The problem is we need to help the person be less reactive and build up their health. Yes, reducing allergen exposure definitely helps, but allergies are an over-active response of the immune system so we also need to address and balance the immune response.
Do your children seem to have stuffy and/or runny noses all the time? Do they get itchy skin playing outside in the grass? Do they have a chronic cough? Do they suffer from asthma or trouble breathing? If so, it is a good idea to get your child allergy tested.
Our office will test for childhood allergies with:
- IgE Arizona desert allergens to know what your child could be reacting to (blood test)
- IgG food allergens as these can contribute to the imbalance in the immune system (blood test)
Treatment options for childhood allergies include:
- Avoidance of airborne allergens (such as using quality air purifiers)
- Nasal saline rinsing
- Vitamin and nutrient support for the immune system
- Avoidance of potential food allergens
- SLIT therapy- sublingual drops to desensitize immune system to allergens (highly diluted allergen substance)
- Homeopathy (safe and effective highly diluted plants, minerals, or other substances best suited for the patient’s individual symptoms)
Dr. Kwiatkowski has a published case study of a child with allergies who responded well to natural therapies:
- Resolution of Allergic Rhinitis and Reactive Bronchospasm With Supplements and Food-specific Immunoglobulin G Elimination: A Case Report.Kwiatkowski L, Mitchell J, Langland J. Altern Ther Health Med. 2016 Oct;22(S3):24-28. PMID: 27866183