The Family Connection.
It is very possible that genetics are involved, and allergies tend to run in families.
If one parent is allergic, the child will be allergic about 1 out of 3 times. If both parents have allergies, then there is more than a 50% chance that the child will also have allergies. For most kids the risk is around 20%.
The Outside Connection.
Where you grow up also plays a factor . People who grow up on a farm are notoriously healthier than city dwellers – and kids who spend more time outside, exposed to pets, dirt and bacteria develop stronger immune systems than those that aren’t.
When kids come into contact with these things naturally (outside), they are less likely to have allergies, or develop them later on. The kids who grow up on sterile environments tend to be among those with more autoimmune issues and allergies.
So, what to do about it?
Probiotics are a start at helping build a stronger immune system. And, while not a cure, aromatherapy can help relieve the symptoms. Ingredients like menthol and eucalyptus have been used for centuries to treat respiratory ailments, like a stuffy nose and congestion. Eucalyptus is a wonder oil – being known to treat many things, from headaches to opening airways, and can even help with snoring!
Next week: more on Eucalyptus