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Children’s Allergies

In Australia today, 40% of children have an allergy of some kind and unfortunately this figure is on the rise.
 
Here in Perth there has been a steady increase in allergic diseases such as asthma, food allergies, dermatitis and other skin conditions such as eczema.

Some of these allergies stem from

  • A genetic predisposition
  • Introduction of solid foods too early
  • Food allergies
  • Environmental triggers – pollens, animal dander, peanuts, milk and eggs
  • An immature immune/gut system ( ceasarean birth )

Research over this last 10 years has indicated that the processes which lead to Children’s Allergies – Health and Food Intolerances, are initiated very early on in life – possibly even before babies are born. The Child Health Research Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth, has been conducting research into the use of probiotics which has showed a more significant improvement when children are on probiotics. In other studies conducted research has shown that giving good quality fish oils both in preconception care and when the child is born has modified their immune system function and has suggested this action has had a very positive influence in desensitising children to allergies.

As Naturopaths and Nutritionists, we at Perth Allergy Clinic believe that a thorough pre-conception and pregnancy care program which includes the vital nutrients of activated folic acid, good quality fish oils and probiotics, will assist in the desensitisation of allergies.

Looking after infants and children with the use of probiotics (1,2) we believe, play a very important role in the development and enhancement of a child’s immune system and so may reduce the chances of them developing allergies. At Perth Allergy Clinic we use practioner only products which are scientifically backed by clinical trials.

Our Nutritionist and Allergy Advisor, Jennifer Gallanagh, at Perth Allergy Clinic offers dietary advice and can assist with even the most ‘fussy’ eaters with a food/meal plan based on low allergenic food types.

Combined with Jennifer’s nutritional support, our Naturopaths Gwendy and Susan have some 24 years experience between them. We believe It is of the utmost importance to support your child’s gut and immune function as it develops. A healthy gut and immune system may help protect your child from common immunological conditions such as:-

  • Eczema
  • Allergy, hay fever, sinusitis
  • Ear infections
  • Skin conditions
  • Coughs and colds

If you suspect after reading this information that your child may have an allergy please contact us to discuss your concerns.

 

References for Children’s Allergies – Health and Food Intolerances

 

  1. Niers L, Martin R, Rijkers G, et al. The effects of selected probiotic strains on the development of eczema (the PandA study). Allergy. 2009;64(9):1349-1358.
  2. West CE, Hammarström M-L, Hernell O. Probiotics during weaning reduce the incidence of eczema. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2009; 20:430-437.
  3. http://www.healthlie.com/health-slideshow/common-childrens-allergies#3