Everyone can agree that allergies are on the rise however, why we are seeing this rise is debated among experts. Pollution, foods, and vaccines are just a few things that have been blamed but the reality is that we do not know definitively. My concern as a pediatrician and a mom of children with allergies is how to help children find relief as naturally as possible. Long term medication use did not appeal to me but I wanted my kids to be able to play outside without being miserable.
I did extensive research and spent two years taste testing to create a product that was kid friendly and effective.
The symptoms of allergies are caused by the chemical histamine that is released by the body when exposed to an allergen. Itchy eyes, runny nose, swelling of mucous membranes, rash, wheezing and sneezing are just a few of the physical symptoms that histamine can trigger in the body. Over the counter antihistamines can work amazingly well but they can cause drowsiness in children even if they are labeled “non-sedating”. Many parents also report mood instability, agitation and poor concentration.
The ingredients in Snifflex have been used for centuries to help counter inflammation and histamine’s effects on the body and are safe for children.
My challenge was to find safe, natural strategies and supplements to help my patients with allergies. There was little on the market for kids and what I did find did not taste very good. As any mom knows, the best medicine is useless if your kids won’t take it. I did extensive research and spent two years taste testing to create a product that was kid friendly and effective. The ingredients in Snifflex have been used for centuries to help counter inflammation and histamine’s effects on the body and are safe for children.
- Bromelain is a protein digesting enzyme found in pineapple and is a popular supplement in Europe for sinus discomfort. The German Commission E approved bromelain enzyme for reducing general sinus swelling. Studies have also suggested that the enzyme decreases cough related to post nasal drainage and mucous membrane inflammation.
- Quercetin is a flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables. Onions, blueberries, citrus fruits and apples are great sources of quercetin. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants. Quercetin can also help stabilize the cells that release histamine in the body and thereby have an anti-inflammatory and antihistamine effect. Quercetin is what gives Snifflex its bright yellow color.
- Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and works by destroying circulating histamine.
- N-Acetyl Cysteine is an amino acid that when taken as a supplement is turned into cysteine and glutathione by the body. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant and anti inflammatory. NAC helps break down mucous.
- Elderberry gives Snifflex its delicious taste. Used for centuries to treat colds, it also helps relieve nasal congestion and has anti inflammatory properties. As an added bonus, it has antiviral properties too.
Other strategies that have been helpful for my kids and for my patients are:
Eating local raw honey (for kids over 1 year): Bees do us a favor and collect local pollen and incorporate it into delicious honey. Ingesting small amounts of honey regularly before allergy season can desensitize patients to local pollen. Because honey does contain allergens, be careful with highly allergic children and talk to your doctor or allergist.
Wiping faces frequently when outside. Pollen and allergens collect in hair, eyelashes, nasal hairs and clothing. Wearing a baseball cap or securing hair with a braid can limit pollen collection in hair. Wiping the face with a wet washcloth to remove pollen can help ease eye irritation and stopping your child to have them blow their nose can reduce nasal symptoms. Always rinse before bed as pollen can collect on linens and worsen exposure overnight.