Children and Allergies

girlsneezingAllergies in children are on the rise. Last year, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found that food allergies rose from 3.4% to 5.1% between 1997 and 2011, while skin allergies were up from 7.4% to 12.5%. However these numbers do not indicate the true extent of the problem. Allergies are in fact epidemic.

Interviewed by NBC reporter Steve James, Dr. Sakina Bajowala, an allergist in suburban Chicago, stated that, “Allergic disease is an epidemic, and it may not have plateaued yet. Every day we get new calls from patients. We see a lot more kids not with just one allergy, but several.”

Also, food allergies are vastly underreported since they are frequently unidentified. Whereas skin and respiratory allergies have clear symptoms, food allergies can manifest as just about anything from digestive complaints, to fatigue, to behavior problems in children.

Meanwhile, a 2013 study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that among almost 100,000 children participating in the National Survey of Children’s Health 2007-2008, those born outside the U.S. were far less likely to have allergies than American-born children. However, the longer the foreign-born children lived here, the more likely they were to develop allergies.

The growing problem of allergies in both adults and children is hardly surprising given the stress that the poor American diet combined with environmental toxicity places on the average person’s immunity. As Raymond Francis has been saying for years now, allergies are an immune dysfunction disease.

Although it is important to manage symptoms by identifying and avoiding allergens, and by supporting the immune system with supplements like vitamin C, quercetin and essential fatty acids, attention must also be given to building immunity and strengthening it so that it no longer reacts to allergens.

If your child has allergies, build immunity with Raymond’s suggestions along with a superior multivitamin like Beyond Health’s Children’s Chewable Multivitamin.

Unlike most children’s multis, which are junk vitamins loaded with sugar, our children’s multi is made with the same kind of high-quality ingredients used in our adult formula. A very small amount of natural unrefined sugar and flavor is added, so you’ll have no problem getting your child to take them—in fact, kids love them and consider them treats.

This supplement is suitable for children over the age of four or as soon as the child can be instructed to chew rather than swallow the tablet whole. However, even infants can take half a tablet at a time if it is pulverized into a powder and mixed with juice or food.

Please call the Beyond Health office at 1-800-250-3063 if you have any questions or need additional help.

References

  1. Jackson KD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Trends in allergic conditions among children: United States, 1997-2011. National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief #121, May 2013.
  2. James S. Allergies on the rise in US kids, government study finds. NBC News at nbcnews.com, May 2, 2013.
  3. Silverberg JI. Prevalence of allergic disease in foreign-born American children. JAMA Pediatrics. 2013;167(6):554-560.
  4. Francis R. The Shocking Truth about Allergies, Beyond Health News, 1996.
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