Have you noticed your child’s allergy symptoms flare-up when they go back to, or start, school?
Allergic conditions – like asthma, eczema, hay fever and IBS – in school-aged children have increased over the years and symptoms often flare up when they start or go back to school, due to stress (which can increase histamine levels in the body) and other environmental factors.
Watch out for these six common causes of back-to-school allergy flare-ups:
- Lunch-box or canteen food – you can’t always know what your child is actually eating when they’re not with you. The nutrient dense, organic meals you pack for them may be tossed out in favour of something from the canteen or swapped with a friend. And these substitutes may be high in sugar or may suddenly spike their intake of MSG or other food preservatives such as metabisulphite. Stop the lunch swap by educating your children about healthy choices from a young age, incorporating foods they like and getting them involved in shopping for and preparing their lunchboxes.
- Drink bottles – even if washed, the mouth pieces of some bottles can harbour mould. It’s worth checking this regularly, especially in water bottles with complicated lids. To reduce hidden mould, ensure the water bottle and mouth piece are washed separately, thoroughly and often in hot soapy water, and allow both pieces to dry completely before reuse.
- Being outdoors – participating in school sports and other outdoor activities can spark flare ups as it’s hard to control exposure to environmental allergens (like pollen, grass and trees). Some children get itchy legs after sitting on grass, some may react to the chemicals in sunscreens and others may react to the sand they play in, which may contain mould.
- The common cold, flu and more – the school class room is a melting pot of viruses and bacterial challenges such as colds, ear infections, conjunctivitis, gastro (… and the list goes on!). Preventative measures – such as supplementation with vitamin C, zinc, echinacea, elder or astragalus – especially during change of season, can help kids adjust and keep their health on track.
- School uniforms – synthetic fabrics (including polyester and elastic), as well as chemical-based washing detergents, can cause skin irritations in kids with sensitive skin. Where possible, choose cotton and other breathable fabrics. Using a low-chemical or home-made washing detergents may also help.
- A change of scenery – sitting in a different part of the playground (surrounded by new environmental allergens like grass, trees or environmental pollutants), new art supplies, or exposure to new chemicals/detergents can contribute to reactions.
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- draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
- aims to re-train your body
- may reduce your reactions to substances that may be causing or exacerbating your allergy symptoms.
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This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.
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