An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a substance that’s harmless to most people. But in someone with an allergy, the body’s immune system treats the substance (called an allergen) as an invader and overreacts, causing symptoms. These allergens can be in the environment, pets and food.
In an attempt to protect the body, the immune system of the allergic person produces antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE). Those antibodies then cause the allergy cells in the body to release chemicals into the bloodstream to defend against the allergen. This means that every time the person eats or is exposed to that particular allergen, he or she would have an allergic reaction or symptom.
Traditionally people think of allergic reactions as those involving the eyes, nose, throat and lungs all while being told to ignore the skin and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. The GI symptoms can go unnoticed and show in picky eating, stomach pain, failure to thrive, poor eating, overeating, posturing, poor sleep, behavioral problems, mood swings, eczema to name a few. It is important to get down to the culprit to keep these reactions from continuing.
Allergy Care Options
Allergies in children are on the rise and in many cases can be helped naturally. Chiropractic care and nutritional oversight may be helpful. The environmental allergies and sinus problems can be relieved with chiropractic adjustments working to balance the immune system and relieve symptoms. On the other hand nutritional deficiencies and food allergies causing poor immune function can also be helped and managed through diet changes, testing of foods and supplement recommendations customized to your child.
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You can read more about Chiropractic and allergy relief in this study:
Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient with Asthma, Allergies, Chronic Colds & Vertebral Subluxation. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health – Chiropractic, Summer 2009;3:1-7. Alcantara J, Van Roo L, Oman RE.
If your child has these symptoms we urge you get help regardless of an official diagnosis. Call us today, we may be able to help and/or make a proper referral.