- Itchy nose and throat
- Congestion, sneezing, runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Difficulty breathing
- Itchy skin
- Swelling or hives
- Itchy mouth and throat
- Throat tightening
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea, diarrhea, or inflammation in intestines (with food allergies)
The following common allergens cause allergic reactions in many people:
- Foods, such as cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, seafood, shellfish, wheat, gluten, and corn
- Irritants in the air, such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and cigarette smoke
- Mold or spores
- Insect bites or stings
- Plants, such as grass, poison ivy, and poison oak
- Emotional stress
The best ways to prevent an allergy are to build your baby’s immune system and to avoid the allergen. If your baby is suffering from an airborne allergen, you may consider a high-efficiency particulate absorption (HEPA) air-filtration system for your home or a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filtration. In addition, special coverings for pillows and mattresses can protect against dust mites, feathers, and other irritating particles. If the allergy is seasonal, you can help minimize irritation by keeping your windows and doors closed during peak times. To prevent food allergies, try breast-feeding solely for the first six months. After that, introduce foods one at a time so that you can watch for possible allergens.
Allergies: Suggestions for Care
There is no real cure for allergies, but children often outgrow them. With food and insect bites, it is best to avoid the allergen when possible. For airborne allergens and molds, try to limit exposure. Emotional stress can cause an allergic reaction to worsen.
Food and Remedies for Nursing Mother or Baby Older than Six Months
Overall, encourage regular eating habits and foster healthy digestion to keep excess phlegm out of your baby’s body and lungs.
- Comfrey salve rubbed into the chest
Foods to Emphasize
Cooked foods at a warm temperature, and foods that promote healthy digestion, such as whole grains (especially rice, which is hypoallergenic), beans, seeds, nuts, cooked vegetables, stewed fruits, and occasional animal protein-rich foods. Encourage your child to drink water (in order to thin her secretions) and to eat flavonoid-rich foods, such as blueberries, blackberries, and purple grapes. Kuzu drinks are alkaline-producing for the blood. Bach’s Rescue Remedy is an internal remedy that helps relieve allergies.
Foods to Avoid
Common food allergens (dairy, wheat, gluten, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, chocolate, seafood, citrus fruits, and processed oils). Even if your baby does not have a reaction to these foods, they can cause low-level inflammation of her airways, and this may lead to greater reactivity and sensitivity. Dairy products also are mucus producing, which can create congestion. Gluten is an allergen irritant, so even if she is not allergic to gluten, eating gluten can inflame other allergies.
Essential Oils for Baby
Acupoints for Baby
- Lung 1, 10
- Large Intestine 11
- Spleen 3
- Gallbladder 20
- Liver 3
- Governing Vessel 12
Reiki for Baby
For two or more minutes, place your hands on the following parts of your child’s body: forehead and temples, back and top of head, above and beside nose, back of neck, throat, chest, indentation below sternum, heart, between and below shoulder blades, hara (belly), and lower back.
Massage for Baby
- Gently massage your baby’s neck muscles below her ear.
- Move down toward her collarbone.
- Massage her lung meridian.
- Massage her chest downward, using a sweeping direction on her breastbone.
- From the center of her chest, push outward toward her armpits and below her rib cage.
- Massage the back of your baby’s neck along her spine, the tops of her shoulders, and the small of her back.
While most allergies are merely bothersome, reactions can become serious quickly. Left untreated, some allergic reactions can lead to sinus infections, ear infections, and upper-respiratory infections, so they need to be monitored. Put your child on her back with her feet higher than her head. Loosen tight clothes. If she stops breathing, administer CPR until help arrives.
Note: The suggestions and ideas in this article are not intended to take the place of professional guidance or treatment; they are meant to complement the advice of your child’s health care provider, caretakers, and educators, while offering consolidated information to help you develop your intuition and make choices that fit with your own personal, religious, or spiritual philosophies. There is no guarantee as to the effects of the use of the recommendations and no liabilities can be taken.