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Homeopathic tips for surviving allergy season
Homeopathy isn’t for everyone. Then again, neither is grape-flavored children’s Claritin. To each her own. But for those of you hoping to find some natural relief from this particularly oppressive pollen season, we’ve asked homeopath Sara Chana for the scoop on treating babies with seasonal allergies.
“Babies as young as a few weeks old can be affected by seasonal allergies,” says Chana. “They can suffer stuffy noses after the first month of life, itchy mouths after breastfeeding, red rims around the bottom of their eyes, sneezing, and eczema. And unfortunately, LA’s infamous smog only exacerbates their already inflamed airways this time of year.”
Well, great. Now what? “Homeopathic remedies can be quite effective in children,” offers Chana. “The sugary white pellets are easy to administer, because babies like the taste of them. Some homeopathic pharmacies make granules the size of grains of sand, so even little babies can’t choke on them. The challenge, however, is that there are over 3,500 homeopathic remedies, and finding the perfect match is not always easy.”
While Chana offers some guided tips on choosing a remedy (try Sabadil if your child sneezes but the nose remains stuffy or coughs from excess mucus; Arundo for terrible itching in the ears; Allium Cepa for sneezing with liquid flying out of the nose and constantly watery eyes; Euphrasia for terribly itchy eyes and stuffy nose), she maintains that a visit with a classical homeopath is the best approach because they are schooled in matching each individual’s specific symptoms with the appropriate remedy. Whether you choose to DIY or work with a professional, be sure to inform your pediatrician before administering a homeopathic remedy to your child.
Sara Chana IBCLC, RH (AHG)
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