Food intolerance in children

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Food intolerance in children.

(04/20/2010) Food intolerance can be hidden behind numerous complaints and illnesses, whereby the triggering foods are quite difficult to identify. The conventional measure of constantly avoiding all badly tolerated or suspected food can have a major impact on the quality of life of children. Practitioners in naturopathy therefore try to track down the actual cause of the event so that the child can enjoy eating again in the long term.

The long list of complaints. The list of complaints that can arise from food allergies or intolerance is long. Skin diseases such as neurodermatitis, headaches and migraines, frequently recurring inflammation of the ears, tonsils, sinuses and bronchial tubes are just as much a part of this as flatulence, colic, constipation and diarrhea. Chronic urinary tract infections and even cardiac arrhythmias are observed in addition to more general disorders, namely a drop in performance, nervous restlessness, hyperactivity or even listlessness and depression. It becomes dangerous when severe or persistent diarrhea occurs. Smaller children, in particular, are then at risk of dehydration, loss of electrolytes and a drop in blood pressure.

Avoiding food should be temporary. Conventional therapy consists in testing allergy-causing foods, which the child should then permanently avoid. This measure initially calms the symptoms and relieves the immune system, but is difficult to implement in childhood - depending on the number of allergens - and does not address the actual causes. The body also reacts with symptoms if there is an intolerance, but not a classic allergy. The food cannot be determined with an allergy test, but rather the so-called leaky gut syndrome and a sign of a disturbed intestinal environment.

In addition to an individually designed and time-limited change in diet, naturopaths and naturopathic doctors go different ways to resolve possible causes of the disorder. The examination for intestinal dysbiosis (bacterial colonization in the intestine) and the subsequent build-up of the intestinal flora can regulate the immune process. Homeopathy, bioresonance therapy, autologous blood therapy or electroacupuncture are also available for the treatment of children. Children respond well to Bach flowers, which have a regulating effect on the mental level. Therapeutic hypnotherapy, e.g. self-organizational hypnosis according to Dr. Renartz can help children imaginatively resolve their symptoms. Systemic factors should always be taken into account by closely involving parents in therapy and counseling. (Dipl.Päd. J. Vinals Stein, alternative practitioner)

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