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Preventing Allergies in Kids

Sep 3, 2008
As a person with multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies (food and plant), I have always been very aware of that same potential in my children, especially the ones who share my fair, blond, blue-eyed complexion. I had not identified that my children had specific allergy or sensitivity problems, but in seeking a better understanding of my own health situation, I came across listings of symptoms of potentially unrecognized allergies (circles under the eyes, red cheeks, and red ears). Those I could identify in my own kids.

I therefore sought to address this issue in several ways before it really became a problem for my children: (1) by removing toxins from their environment as much as possible, especially in the area of household cleaning products; (2) by eliminating or limiting foods that I know to be common allergens and paying close attention to the quality of their diets in general; and (3) by strengthening their immune systems through a comprehensive nutritional program. Putting a priority on these three areas has been relatively easy for my family.

I have eliminated all the toxic cleaners and detergents in my home and replaced them with non-toxic, environmentally safe and extremely effective household cleaners. From everything from laundry detergent to germicide to heavy duty oven cleaner, I now have wonderful options in keeping my house clean without compromising my health or the health of my children.

For other air-borne toxins, I invested in filterless air purification technology. This gives us all a "safe haven" in the home, one place where our bodies don't have to deal with pollens, dust, volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde or even bacteria and mold.

The dietary issues are mostly the same ones we all should be looking at -- avoid the processed food, eat fresh as much as possible, stay away from high fat content and the like. Yes, I let the kids eat candy. But it is closely rationed and is available only after the fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy and whole grains.

As for the potential problem foods, I have not been overly strict, but do pay attention to the issue. Because of its known role as a common allergen, I do limit the dairy intake somewhat (making sure the calcium needs are met through supplementation). And several in the family seem to have happier digestive systems when not dealing with gluten in wheat. These dietary adjustments take more effort and commitment, but I believe they are worth the hassle.

Having introduced the supplement program when my children were fairly young, that has been a given. It amazes me when parents say they can't "get" their kids to take their vitamins. It's a non-negotiable at my house... just like brushing your teeth. You'd make sure your kids got the medicine the doctor prescribed whether they wanted to take it or not, wouldn't you?

Overall, this approach has met with great success. We no longer have doctor visits every winter, they haven't been on antibiotics for years, the children are eager, focused learners, and the potential allergies are not manifesting. I believe that as their immune systems are strengthened through the support of nutritional supplementation, they are better able to withstand the offenders that might otherwise contribute to allergies and sensitivities.

It is such a blessing to be contributing to optimal health for my children. When I think about what the alternatives might be, I shudder. I can easily picture my family like others that I know - responding to health crisis after crisis in their children; always trying to play "fix-it" from a point of disadvantage, rather than circumventing the problems in the first place.
About the Author
Anne Lamansky is a work at home mom who runs her own business as an independent Shaklee distributor.
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