Ten Natural Ways to Get Your Kids Through Allergy Season

Once you or your kids feel that tickle in your throat and the sneezes won’t stop, you know it’s allergy season. Coughing, watery eyes and brain fog make it hard to focus on schoolwork and enjoy the outdoors. So what can you do to help protect your kids? Below, our own Dr. Mom, pediatric and prenatal chiropractor and Waldorf mom, shares her favorite holistic tips:

  1. Once you arrive home, have the kids leave their shoes at the door to prevent tracking pollen through the house. Consider changing into fresh clothes.
  2. Bathe your children before bedtime. Make sure you wash their hair, too, so the sticky pollen gets rinsed out. You want to avoid them laying a pollen-filled head on their pillowcase and rubbing it into their eyes and face while they sleep.
  3. Clean your bedding, floors and air filters at least weekly using a HEPA vacuum and non-toxic house cleaners. Speaking of allergies, it’s helpful to have dust mite covers on your bed and pillows since mites are a huge contributor to daily stuffiness. Also, the common chemicals in traditional household cleaners can trigger coughing fits and asthmatic reactions. Switch to safer cleaning products.
  4. Keep your windows closed, if possible. Despite how delicious the breeze feels, it will blow pollen right into your home. Windy days mean more pollen flitting about.
  5. Rinse out their nasal passages to wash away the pollen that collects on the tiny nose hairs. You can use a can of spray saline, a neti pot, or a glass nasal mister bottle filled with sterile water or silver solution and a pinch of salt.
  6. Consider eating foods higher in omega 3 fatty acids such as oily fish, cod liver oil, or fish oil supplements—especially ones for kids that contain DHA. Other good foods include walnuts, flaxseed oil, hemp seed and coconut oil. Studies show that these foods help reduce susceptibility to allergies by boosting your immune system.
  7. Good nutrition supports a healthy immune system. Giving your child a child-specific probiotic, decreasing sugar intake, and limiting dairy exposure during the high allergen times are all great suggestions.
  8. Consider feeding your kids more foods containing Quercetin, such as capers, berries, kale, red grapes, pineapple, apples, tea and onion skins. This antioxidant and bioflavonoid help your immune system stop releasing so many histamines that contribute to itchy watery eyes; hives; swelling; and a drippy nose. Kids can take 200-500 mg/day between meals. You will often find it in supplement form combined with Bromelain.
  9. See a pediatric chiropractor to help your child have proper spinal alignment and function of the body. They have proven techniques to get noses unstuffed, heads less congested, and remove brain fog all in a fun and unforced manner.
  10. Try plant-based essential oils safely diluted for children. Popular ones for seasonal suffering include lemon, lavender, and peppermint combined. You can use them two ways with kids: 1) aromatically in a special cool mist diffuser machine, and 2) topically massaged into the back of the neck, down the spine, on the ears and feet. If they are old enough to not rub it into their eyes, a swipe across the forehead and down the bridge of the nose works wonders within seconds. Another handy tool is to add a few drops of peppermint oil to a nasal inhaler stick. One whiff of this can unstuff a nose in a jiffy and wake up a foggy brain. Perfect to carry in backpacks or small pockets.

Dr. Mom is Dr. Heidi Henrickson-Zohn. She is a pediatric and prenatal chiropractor for Winchester Hospital, a family wellness lecturer, and holistic lifestyle guru. She is also the mom to three kids at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. She teaches classes on essential oil safety, caring for your family using natural medicine and is the creator of Dakota Natural Goods. She can be reached at www.LoveYourHealthAndWellness.com.

As always, see your family physician for specific medical help. Use this as a guide for an integrative medical approach to your health.

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