Might be Spring Allergies


(Reston, Virginia)

Hello Grandma,


I have been reading all your suggestions on this website. They are really invaluable and it is kind of you to share and help others. I would like to thank you for that.

I have a 10 yr old daughter, she has been sneezing all day today, the teacher said it might be spring allergy.

Is there any home remedy I can give her so that her immune system can become strong. And also she is a very picky eater, is there anything I can do to make her eat food without troubling me everyday.

Please let me know when you get a chance?

Thank you so much.

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Mar 21, 2010
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Allergies and the Immune System
by: Grandma

Hi,

Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know that all my hard work here is appreciated. It really means a lot to me when someone actually compliments me the way you just did.

Allergies in children are extremely tricky. You may be dealing with seasonal allergies or it could even be a food or enviroment allergy. I know how complicated it can be because my youngest son went through allergies for a few years before I realized he was suffering from dairy allergies. I know each morning he would go into sneezing fits and it actually got to be a bit of a joke in his classes. He would sneeze each morning between 15 to 30 times in a row, the teacher would stop class and wait and they would start counting. I felt so sorry for him. Of course once I figured things out we stopped all dairy, then we bought a neti-pot and that really seemed to do the trick. He has graduated from college this year and hasn't been dealing with allergies since he entered college. If a neti-pot is too much for your 10-year old right now I'd suggest you mix a pinch of sea salt with a 1/2 cup of warm water and put salt water drops in each nostril a couple of times a day.

As far as herbal advice on strengthening the immune system I'd suggest you start giving Echinacea and Golden Seal. You can buy them in children's strength.

The eating habit are a lot more tricky. I used to have a little trick I used with all my children. When I wanted them to eat a vegetable I knew they didn't want to try I'd just put one spoonful on their dinner plate. Everybody else would get a nice serving and when they'd look around they would feel a bit cheated. I'd tell them to eat what they have and next time they can have a little more. Somehow that seemed to work. I can't think of anything my kids won't eat now. The trick was, they never got more than a tiny spoonful the first time and the rest was on everybody elses plate so they couldn't even ask for more. Sometimes you just have to play head games with kids, in other words, get them before they can get you...:)

Thank you for trusting in Grandma's Wisdom

Grandma

PS I'm sorry it took a few days to get back to you the weather here in PA finally turned to spring and I've been so busy in my yard and garden getting ready for planting and ordering all my beautiful flowers.

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