Tips for Families to Prevent Allergies

Tips for Families to Prevent Allergies

Our environment is loaded with potential allergy triggers. While avoiding the outdoors entirely in springtime is not feasible, one should aim to limit exposure to pollen and other common airborne triggers (e.g. tobacco smoke). Wash off pollen from hands and other exposed areas in peak allergy seasons.
– Keep windows and doors closed during high pollen count times and stay inside on the driest, windiest days to minimize exposure to seasonal allergens.
– Use high-particulate air (HEPA) filters inside to reduce most airborne contaminants, especially in bedroom locations.
– In humid areas, use a dehumidifier to limit mold development.
– Buy allergy-proof bedding, including mattress and pillow case covers, to reduce allergy symptoms, and regularly wash sheets, blankets and pillow cases in hot water.
– Stuffed animals and real animals alike can contribute to allergic rhinitis, so wash them frequently.
– Consider removing carpeting in bedrooms or use area rugs which can be cleaned regularly. Vacuum all carpets and floor surfaces weekly with a HEPA-filter equipped appliance.
– Limit lawn mowing and other gardening activities at peak allergy times; avoid use of chemical pesticides and outdoor products.
– Use environmentally- and health-safe household cleaners.
– Eat healthy, whole organic foods with plenty of anti-inflammatory antioxidants
– Avoid use of herbal products and foods that can cross react with seasonal allergens; for some people this may include Echinacea species and certain fruits and vegetables (this is known as the “oral allergy syndrome”).
– To prevent allergic disease in babies, consider perinatal avoidance of known food allergens, especially if there’s a family history of atopic disease; breastfeeding is known to be protective as well.
– Try a saline rinse device called a “neti pot” to clear pollen from the nasal cavities. Even children as young as 2 or 3 years old can be taught how to use one.
– Look into using specific natural health product supplements, like probiotics and essential fatty acids, which may lower your risk of developing allergies.
– Think about taking up a stress-coping technique, like yoga or meditation.
– Lastly, make sure their nervous system is functionally at an optimal level with Chiropractic care from a pediatric chiropractor.

Posture is the window to your child’s health!

What you see, verses what I see !

We have all heard our mom’s say, stand up straight, and don’t slouch.  Have you ever wondered why that is so important? I’ll bet most of the moms wouldn’t even realize how important those words are!  Here is the reason I feel that those words are so important.
The spine is there to protect the nervous system and your nervous system controls every single function of your body.  If the spine goes out of its normal alignment, the nervous system gets interfered with and this can cause the body to “malfunction”.  In children, we may see things like restlessness, sleeplessness, attitude problems, and from tummy aches to headaches.
How do you know if your child could have a misalignment of their spine?  Look at their posture! Start with the ears, look at them from behind and check the earlobes.  Is one side higher than the other? This could be an upper neck misalignment.  Also from behind, look at the level of their shoulders; does one go lower than the other? This could indicate a neck or mid back misalignment.  Then put your index finger on the very top of their hips, again, is one higher than the other? This could be a low back or hip misalignment and can cause knee and feet problems.  Watch them when they walk, does one foot turn in? Do both turn in? This could also indicate a hip misalignment.
Chiropractors are trained in locating these misalignments and correcting them. The younger the child is the greater success there is in actually correcting them to grow up straight and healthy!  A pediatric chiropractor is specially trained in treating children, infants and pregnancy conditions.  Pediatric chiropractors take over 300 hours of postgraduate education and have to sit and pass an international chiropractic pediatric board examination to receive the credentials of DICCP.

Back to school time!

School is coming quickly and the backpacks are going on sale! We went to pottery barn kids to get ours today. We are still in the lower grades, so there isn’t that much that goes into a backpack , just yet. (So, we can still buy those cute backpacks.) I like Pottery Barn’s backpacks because they have padded straps, and a fastener for across the chest. They also have different sizes so we can buy one that doesn’t hang below my daughter’s waist. If you have an older child that carries heavy books, you may want to consider ordering an ergonomic backpack with a lumbar cushion. Also keep in mind the weight of the backpack should be no more than 15% of their body weight.
Enjoy your back to school shopping and be mindful of your child’s spine and therefore their health!

Asthma symptom relief with chiropractic care

Asthma and Chiropractic Care for Children

Asthma is a major medical problem for children and adults more so than ever before. In the last twenty years asthma has more than doubled and millions suffer from it. Asthma is a chronic lung disease which is responsible for the inflammation and narrowing of the airways. The most common symptoms a child with asthma will display are wheezing, tightness in the chest, coughing and shortness of breath. This inability to breathe freely can be frightening for a child and for the parent who has to help. There are a wide range of reasons for this uptick in asthma diagnosis’s including heredity and environmental factors.

A diagnosis of asthma can not only be scary for a family, but costly as well. Typically, medical treatments involve inhalers, nebulizers, steroids, and other medications. Even with insurance, none of these options are cheap. The cost is also one that accrues over time due to the fact that these medical treatments only treat the symptoms and do not cure asthma. For some children, these expensive treatments must be used over the course of a lifetime.

Aside from the astounding cost factors, there are other issues with using these medical treatments alone to treat childhood asthma. Prolonged steroid treatment and other medications for children can have side effects that many families would rather avoid.  Some of the more common side effects for some asthma medications include sleep disruption and hyperactivity.

For some cases, going to a chiropractor  may provide a safe, natural and drug free approach that works to treat asthma in children. A chiropractor can help determine if subluxation, which is a misalignment of the bones in the spine which irritates nerves, is the cause of the child’s asthma. The lungs and diaphragm are responsible for breathing and their ability to function correctly is controlled by the nervous system. If there is irritation or interference of the nervous system, the lungs simply can’t function optimally. Chiropractic adjustments can alleviate any pressure or stress that the nervous system is under in most cases. Once this is relieved, the lungs are fully capable of doing their job and incidents of asthma can be reduced if not eliminated altogether.

Chiropractic care which results in more efficiency of the nervous system overall also boosts the natural workings of the immune system and can help a child maintain consistent good health. This is particularly important for children who have asthma as they are more prone to attacks when they have a cold or something more serious such as a respiratory infection.

While chiropractic care cannot end all incidents of childhood asthma, regular adjustments have provided some children with a gradual improvement in their asthma. There have been a number of studies conducted in the past few years which examine the effectiveness of the chiropractic adjustment as an alternative asthma treatment and the results have been encouraging. One study of children 6 to 17 with asthma who had a three month course of chiropractic care in conjunction with medical care rated their quality of life as higher and also experienced less severe episodes of asthma attacks. There have also been cases in which children have been able to stop all medications and experience few if any attacks after a regimen of chiropractic care.

A pediatric chiropractor may be able to provide a safer and more natural way to deal with childhood asthma. Even if they are not able to fully eliminate the attacks, a reduction in severity and frequency without potentially harmful medications is certainly an alternative worth exploring for any child afflicted with asthma.

In my own practice, I have seen children suffering with asthma, get great relief with chiropractic care.  For some of them, it did reduce the frequency and severity and in others it completely eliminated the attacks.  I have found the sooner they get chiropractic treatment, the better results we achieve.  They can begin care as early as infancy.

Some Abstracts from research on this subject:

Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient with Asthma, Allergies, Chronic Colds & Vertebral SubluxationJoel Alcantara, BSc, D.C.; Bio Laura Van Roo, D.C. Bio and Rosemary E. Oman, Msc, FASBE, DC Bio Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2009 ~ Issue 3 ~ Pages 1-7


Management of Pediatric Asthma & Enuresis with Probable Traumatic Etiology
By Trent Bachman, D.C. and Charles Lantz, D.C., PhD.
The chiropractic management of asthma and enuresis of traumatic etiology in a two-year, ten-month-old male child. In May 1987 at the age of 22 months, the child was medically examined and subsequently diagnosed with asthma. In an attempt to control the asthmatic symptoms, two medications were prescribed, Metaproterenal Syrup and Theodore Sprinkle. On May 20, 1988, the child was seen for chiropractic examination and evaluation and, from that date to August 3, 1991, the child received 28 chiropractic adjustive/manipulative treatments. Dramatic improvement of asthma and enuresis followed chiropractic management. The application of Gonstead adjustive/manipulative therapy and the rationale for the correction of vertebral subluxation complex in the case of childhood asthma and enuresis are discussed.
(Reprint available in Pediatric Articles Volumes I, II & III)

Childhood Asthma

By Peter Fysh, D.C.
This is a case report of a three-year-old boy suffering from bronchial asthma for most of his life and how it was resolved under chiropractic care. The author also includes a review of the literature on childhood asthma.
(Reprint available in Pediatric Articles Volumes I, II & III)