My 7 year old has suffered from an indoor allergy since she was at least 2, possibly earlier. It started with an annoying cough that would come and go. We realized it was post nasal drip and a trip to the ENT and Allergist confirmed a dust mite allergy. A dust mite allergy didn’t seem intimidating at the time and we managed her occasional coughing bouts with an OTC antihistamine as needed.
But when she turned 6, the cough became more frequent, more intense and the meds were not enough. She started to get colds frequently from all of the nasal congestion and post nasal drip. The ENT mentioned adenoid removal surgery if we couldn’t get things under control. Short term steroid use was also an option in the form of pills and nasal sprays. I had read enough about the use of steroids to know we wanted to avoid the physical and mental side effects that can occur in some children.
So we started upon a completely natural course using tips from both our Allergist and my natural allergy treatment research. I’m happy to report that our changes worked! The frequent colds are gone. The cough is gone. Watery, itchy eyes…gone. And that pesky nasal drip…also gone! She even sleeps on her back again. Here’s what we did:
Quercetin and Bromelain
I am in awe at the power of Quercetin and Bromelain. Both are found naturally in fruits and vegetables (bromelain is from pineapple!) and are powerful antioxidants. We use this brand for kids that also includes vitamin c, elderberry and stinging nettle to form a natural antihistamine. It also has NAC which thins mucus and encourages the production of glutathione, an antioxidant the body needs to fight inflammation and sickness. This supplement is for colds and allergies that cause congestion, sneezing, nasal drip, watery and itchy eyes, sore throat and runny nose in children ages 2 and up.
Probiotics boost the immune system. The stronger the immune system, the less reactive it may be to environmental irritants. There are many probiotics for children on the market with multiple strains. Some very good. But I’ve found with probiotics, it’s not “one size fits all.” After much trial an error, we use this popular brand with a single strand of the very well studied Lactobacillus GG. Also known as Lactobacillus Rhamnosus gg, it offers potent immune boosting effects that can help prevent colds, support regularity and reduce allergy symptoms.
And of course we use my favorite antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, Vitamin C! Vitamin C is all over my blog because, well, it works. When we’re in the midst of a cold or allergy attack of some sort, we use Vitamin C to help tamp down symptoms more quickly. I’ll use a pinch of this powder in our fresh juices or smoothies and give a 250mg dose in chewable form to my 7 year old.
Using an air purifier made a huge difference. This brand in particular has been fantastic. It’s quiet and sleek. We use the timer each night set at 4 hours on sleep mode. It has the true HEPA and carbon filter combo, which in addition to removing many indoor irritants, is also known to reduce VOCs in the air.
It’s said to remove 99.97% of dust, pollen, smoke, odor, mold spores, and pet dander. The air quality monitor displays colors to show the current air quality in the room. I’m not sure how accurate this feature is but it’s a nice touch. The air always feels cool and fresh after running this purifier for a couple of hours.
Removing carpet was a game changer for us. Carpet hoards dust mites, pollen, dirt, skin cells and various debris that wreak havoc on indoor allergy sufferers. Vacuuming made little difference for us. Though we were fond of having carpet, our daughter experienced almost instant relief with its removal. We replaced our carpet with low emission vinyl flooring.
We’re considering adding a rug to our family room made with synthetic fibers such as this one. Synthetic rugs typically do not trap dust the way other carpet fibers do. Our bedrooms will keep their bare floors though because we spend hours sleeping each night and we want that air as clear as possible.
Well, those are my natural indoor allergy relief tips! Feel free to try them out and see if they can bring your family relief as well.
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