Allergies are the major cause of sickness in most of the children and it is disheartening for the parents to see their child suffering. Though it is not possible for parents to control or prevent it fully, early detection of allergies can enhance the child’s quality of life, decrease the number of missed school days and help parents reduce their leaves from work to take care of the child. An allergic disease affects about 35% of all children and has been increasing in recent years.

What are allergies?

Allergies are abnormal reactions from your immune system to things that are usually harmless to most people. Our immune system protects us from harmful organisms that cause illness. If you have an allergy that means your immune system mistakes a harmless substance as an invader. There are various substances that can cause allergic reactions like some foods, dust, plants, pollens, or medicines and these substances are called allergens.

Why do allergies occur?

It is not known why people have different kinds of allergies. Inheritance can be one reason. If your close family member has allergies, you can be at higher risk of having them. There are also some substances that cause an allergic reaction. When the immune system fights with allergens thinking it will harm the body, it causes symptoms on the body which can range from mild to fatal at times. To defend the body, the immune system makes antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE) and these antibodies can cause certain cells to release chemicals into the bloodstream. The release of these chemicals is what causes the allergic reactions and it can affect eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin and gastrointestinal tract. In future, if the body gets exposed to the same allergen, the reactions trigger again.

Some allergies are seasonal which means that they occur at a specific time of the year (when pollen count is high) while other allergies can happen when a person comes in contact with an allergen.

In children, skin allergies are most common followed by food allergies and respiratory allergies.

What are some of the common allergens?

  • Skin allergies are caused by dust, dirt, dyes or mold.
  • Air borne allergens are the most common which are carried through the air and include dust mites, pollens, pets and cockroaches.
  • Food allergies are caused by food allergens like cow’s milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, soy and wheat.
  • Insect allergies can cause swelling, redness and itching at the site of the bite.
  • Few medicines can also cause allergic reactions.
  • Chemicals in dyes, household cleaners and pesticides also act as allergens.

What are the symptoms?

The type or severity of symptoms may vary from person to person and allergy to allergy. 

Skin allergies can cause redness, rashes, eczema, hives and contact dermatitis and can be painful and irritating for your child.

 Airborne allergies can cause allergic rhinitis, which mostly develops by the age of 10 in kids, reaches its peak in teens or early twenties and often disappears between the ages of 40-60. Symptoms may include sneezing, itchy nose, sore throat, stuffy nose and coughing. 

Food, medicines or insect allergies cause wheezing, trouble in breathing, coughing, hoarseness, throat tightness, stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea, hives, swelling and itchy, watery or swollen eyes.

How to diagnose allergies?

For skin allergies, your doctor will ask for the medical history of your child and family to identify a potential allergen. If required, the doctor might conduct a patch test or a skin prick test. In both these tests, a small amount of allergen is introduced in the skin to check for any allergic reaction. If diagnosed with a skin allergy, your paediatrician will prescribe an ointment or a gentle skin cleanser for your child’s skin allergy treatment.

If your child has cold-like symptoms which last for longer than a week or two or develops a cold at the same time every year, then your doctor might diagnose an allergy and prescribe some medications. Skin tests and blood tests are conducted to find the cause of an allergy. 

To detect food allergies early in toddlers, paediatricians advise introducing one new food to the baby at a time. Maintain a food diary and note down the food along with the date when you first gave it to your child and note down any discomfort or allergies that the child developed.

Home remedies for allergies:

Although there is no specific cure for allergies, the symptoms can be managed either by avoiding the allergen or taking proper medications. Few home remedies for allergies are mentioned below:

Saline nasal solution: Nasal solution has been found to reduce the effects in both children and adults as it helps to clean mucus from the nose.

HEPA filters: HEPA filters trap the airborne particles such as dust, pollen & pet dander and efficiently reduce the allergens inside the home.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture has shown positive results in both seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis

Honey: Honey is one of the best naturally available home remedies for allergies. Honey contains amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants which helps in healing. According to a theory, eating locally manufactured honey might reduce your allergic reaction over time to the pollen that the bees collect in your area to make their honey. But in some cases, when the honey is produced, it might get contaminated with bee pollen and pollen from other plants like buckwheat, tulips, sunflower. In case you are allergic to pollen, then you might also become allergic to honey.

Air Conditioners and Humidifiers: Air conditioners and humidifiers can lower the growth of mildew and mold that cause allergies.

Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can lower the symptoms of bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis.

Eucalyptus oil:  Eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial properties that acts as a wonderful home remedies for allergies.

Steam inhalation: Inhaling steam can help to ease a stuffy nose and breathe comfortably.

Nutrients/ Foods that can help: 

Vitamin C: Vitamin C boosts the immune system and acts as a natural antihistamine. Fruits & vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries, winter squash, tomatoes and tomato juice are high in vitamin C.

Bromelain: Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple juice & is also available as a supplement.

Probiotics: Probiotics help the body maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria and boosts the immune system which helps to fight allergies. It can be found in fermented food like wine, buttermilk, yogurt, kimchi and pickled vegetables. (What are some easy probiotic foods?)

Quercetin: Quercetin is an antioxidant that helps to lower allergy symptoms. It is found in apples, berries, black tea, broccoli, grapes, red onions and red wine. (What fruits are food for teens?)

Cold compress: Rashes can be treated naturally by applying cold compress on the affected area. (How to reduce skin dryness or eczema?)

Home remedies for Child’s Skin allergy treatment:

Oatmeal bath: Oats can help in treating eczema and reduce itchiness. Adding oats to your bath water will help.

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera helps in healing wounds and works as an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant.

Coconut oil: Coconut oil is high in unsaturated fats and has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can relieve itching and rashes and is an excellent remedy for child’s skin allergy treatment. (What oils to treat growing leg pain in kids?)

Epsom salts (or Dead Sea salts): Adding Epsom salt or dead sea salts in your child’s bath water can help to soothe muscle pains and relieve itching and scaling. (What are the other numerous benefits of this salt?)

Recipe of Mixed Millet Pizza with hidden herbs and nuts

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Ingredients and Procedure:

  • 2 cups of flours (mix of any- whole wheat, ragi, sorghum, rye, amaranth, teff)
  • Add oregano seasoning and salt as per choice
  • Add 2 tbsp psyllium husk
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • Add whey protein liquid or whey protein powder + water (to make sticky dough)
  • Leave dough to rest and rise for 2-3 hours covered with dry cloth and loose lid
  • Once done, take a small ball of dough and roll using dry flour
  • Add tomato puree (or pizza sauce) and alfalfa sprouts, veggies/ greens and cheddar cheese on top
  • Preheat for 5 min at 220 celsius. Bake for 15 min and serve!


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Our skin comes in direct contact with the outer world. It protects our body from inside by facing every weather condition. It plays a role of a preventive barrier against chemicals, infections, ultraviolet rays and helps in controlling body temperature through sweating.  Usually, kids spend more time outside. So, they are at more risk of having heat rashes. Summer is the season of skin rashes. As the name itself implies, heat rashes are caused by excessive heat. It looks like small bumps surrounded by red skin and they have prickly sensation and itching too. Heat rashes appear when some of the sweat gets trapped under the skin and because of this, sweat can’t escape from the body. The sweat producing gland is located in the middle layer of epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin. When these glands become clogged, they are not able to perform their functions and due to this rash appear on the affected area.

Generally small babies are at higher risk of heat rash because they have smaller sweat glands which are not mature enough to maintain body temperature. When it’s hot and humid, kids engaged in excessive sports activities can also have heat rashes, because while playing kids sweat and the more you sweat the more chance of dust and dead skin could block your skin pores and cause rashes. It usually develops on the neck, armpit, elbow creases, buttocks and areas where skin rubs against clothing like chest and back.


  • Hot and humid weather
  • Tight and uncomfortable clothes that does not allow skin to breath
  • Excessive physical activity
  • Excessive sweating
  • Sometimes creams and lotions further clogs the pores
  • Overdress according to weather or use of blanket

Although heat rash usually heals by themselves or by using some home remedies for rashes in a few days, if your child has symptoms that last longer than a week or you notice symptoms of infection, increased pain and redness around the affected area, it is always advisable to consult a doctor.


  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Drink plenty of water
  • When it is hot and humid outside stay in shade or air conditioned location
  • Wear loose and comfortable cotton clothes that allow your skin to breath. Say no to synthetic clothes
  • Change sweaty clothes frequently
  • Bathe with cold water
  • Cold compress. Wet a washcloth in cool water and keep it on affected area
  • Avoid powder and lotion as they can further block the pores
  • Keep yourself hydrated with summer drinks like butter milk and coconut water.
  • Include fruits in your diet, which can help to keep you hydrated like watermelon and cucumber


Yogurt: Yogurt is known for its cooling and soothing effects.  It has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help to prevent infection and give you radiant skin. Apply cold yogurt on the affected area, leave it for 15 minutes, and wash with cold water and pat dry.  Never rub the area of heat rash. Doing this a couple of times a day, gives you relief from heat rash.

Fuller’s Earth (Multani mitti): Fuller’s earth is the most common ingredient in almost every face mask because of its cooling effects. It is one of the best home remedies for rashes to clear clogged pores and makes your skin glow. Make a paste of multani mitti with rose water and apply on the affected area, let it dry, wash it with cold water. Repeat this daily for better results. Rose water in it, acts as an astringent

Neem: Neem is the solution to many skin problems like acne, blackheads etc, and when it comes to heat rash, nothing works better than neem. It has strong antibacterial properties which soothe the itching of heat rash. Either apply paste of neem leaves on affected area or put some neem leaves to the bathing water, every day for quick results.

Aloe Vera: The dominant anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera cools down the skin and prevents infection, it helps to keep the skin hydrated. Apply aloe Vera gel on the affected area and leave it for 15 minutes, wash with cold water. Repeat it 3 to 4 times a day to get an instant relief from the heat rash

Oatmeals: Oatmeal can help you to exfoliate the skin and cleans the blocked pores.  Because of its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, it gives instant relief from inflammation and itching of heat rashes. Take an oatmeal bath and scrub it gently over the affected area. Repeat it twice in a week for better results.

Gram flour: Gram flour gives relief from itchy and prickly sensation of heat rash. It eliminates the impurities that are clogged in the pores and exfoliate the dead skin cells. Make a thick paste of gram flour with some rose water, apply this on the affected area, let it dry and rinse with water.

Potato: Potato works as an excellent emollient. A slice of potato is a great remedy for heat rash. Potato has calming and soothing effects on skin, which calm down the itchy sensation of heat rash. Grind the potato with some water to make a thick paste, apply it on heat rash, else apply a slice of potato on the affected area, this will help to get rid of heat rash.

Recipe for whole grain cornflakes

Honey + Ingredients
Keep for baking (Plain version)
Keep for baking (Dark choco version)
  • Ingredients:
  • 1) whole grain flakes (oats, buckwheat, quinoa, barley, amaranth)
  • 2) handful pine nuts, melon seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • 3) 3 tbsp honey
  • 4) ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 5) ½ tsp salt
  • 6) 3 tbsp coconut oil or ghee

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Dry skin is a common condition. There can be many reasons for dry skin in kids and it’s become important to take steps for skin care for children. At least one in 10 children have eczema, an ongoing skin problem that causes dry, itchy, red skin (what category of foods can help eczema?). Children with eczema have more sensitive skin than other people. Babies with severe eczema may also have food allergies. The most common being allergy from cow’s milk. 

Common reasons causing Dry skin

Bathing too often and using soap can cause dry skin and if skin is already dry it makes it worse. This happens because soap removes the layer of skin’s natural oil and makes it difficult for skin to keep moisture in.

Climate is also responsible for having dry skin. It’s especially common in winters. When the humidity level drops outside, it affects skin as water in your skin evaporates quickly. This makes your skin feel dry and tight and makes it look cracking. Skin care for children becomes more important in winters.

Genetics also plays a role in dry skin. Researchers say that dry skin can be inherited. According to a study, mutations in genes that control the production of the protein filaggrin, which plays a role in forming and hydrating the skin barrier, can cause several skin conditions and one should take skin care for children

Chlorine protects from harmful bacteria that can form in swimming pools. But spending too long in the swimming pool can be a cause for your kid’s dry skin. The chlorine in pool water can dry out a kid’s skin and make it feel tight and itchy because chlorine strips hairs and skin of the natural lubricant (sebum). Dry skin is less common in teenagers than in younger kids as the oil glands are more active in teenage years.

Common cure for dry skin

There are many home remedies for dry skin one can use. Most common being oil. However, a study in 2013 found that olive oil actually damaged the skin’s barrier, suggesting not all natural oils are suitable for use as moisturizers. Below are some home remedies for dry skin also some nuts and fruits which can be applied or consumed as a part of skin care for children

  • COCONUT OIL: A study in 2019 explained that soothing properties of coconut oils have positive results on dermatitis and extremely dry skin. Coconut oil acts as a sealant as it traps water into the skin and keeps it moist. It also provides key essential fatty lipids. These lipids improve the function of the skin allowing it to feel hydrated as a result. (Is it beneficial to eat coconut oil too?). Other than applying the oil for dryness purposes, coconut also contains antibacterial properties, which help to heal a rash or allergy on the skin and considered as one of the best home remedies for dry skin. This can also be mixed with aloe vera and kept.

ALOE VERA: One of the easiest available home remedies for dry skin is Aloe Vera. It has healing and hydrating properties and is a great choice for dry skin. However, it absorbs easily, making it ideal for oily skin too. It helps to seal moisture into your skin. According to a 2015 systematic review study, aloe Vera has antioxidant, antimicrobial and wound healing properties that may help with the symptoms of eczema (What kind of food can help with allergies?).

  • COCOA BUTTER: Cocoa butter can be used as skin care for children with dry skin. It is mostly made up of fatty acids. People use cocoa butter to help relieve dry skin. It is a boon for people with dry and dull skin conditions. It has the ability to nourish and hydrate the skin and develop elasticity. Mixing this with tea tree oil can give added acne solving benefits to the skin. It can also be a great butter replacement in baking goods. (A recipe for a super nutritious chocolate bar)
  • ROSE WATER: It has been used as a natural product for thousands of years to reduce skin redness and hydrate the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties (what kind of food can help with inflammation?) It works as an antibacterial spray to help reduce acne (How to treat acne?). This is one of the best home remedies for dry skin. Preparing it at home with all natural rose flowers is the best way to get a chemical free product.
  • SUNFLOWER SEEDS: Loaded with fatty acids like linolenic, oleic and palmitic acid and other vital nutrients it can be beneficial for skin. It can help you to get rid of acne, scars, dull and dry skin. It increases the production of collagen and gives a smooth glowing skin. Sunflower seeds also contain substantial amounts of zinc and vitamin E which helps to protect skin cells from ageing and decaying. (Does eating sunflower seeds help too?). Based on the age of the child, consuming the seed or its powder, or applying its oil on the skin, both benefit the skin dryness levels.

TOMATOES: Benefits of tomatoes for dry skin are plenty. It contains several skin friendly vitamins and nutrients that can give you beautiful and glowing skin such as lycopene and antioxidants. These can repair damaged skin cells and restore its natural, healthy glow. It also contains deep cleansing agents and corrects the skin pH levels (making it not too dry nor too oily), therefore can very well prevent dryness in skin and minimize acne. (What are other benefits of consuming a tomato every day?) Juice of tomato also reduces the sun tan from the skin apart from providing it moisturizing effect. Skin care for children is important and tomato helps in this.

AVOCADO: The natural oils in avocado deeply penetrate the skin to nourish, soften and hydrate. Avocado is packed with vitamin A which is responsible for ensuring effective cell repair. It is a great source of biotin, which is part of Vitamin B and helps to control dry skin issues. They are factory of healthy fats including vitamin E, which are essential to keep skin flexible and moisturized. Additionally, avocado also helps to slow the visible signs of ageing. (What is an easy recipe to use avocado?) Applying avocado on the skin is a great child moisturizer (can also mix along with aloe vera). Eating helps too in skin care for children.

WALNUTS: Walnuts have many characteristics that make them an excellent food for healthy skin. They are a good source of essential fatty acids, which are fats that the body cannot make itself. In fact they are richer than most other nuts in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that strengthen the membranes of skin cells, locking in moisture and nutrients that keep the skin plump and glowing and keeps out toxins that can damage skin cells. Walnuts have anti-inflammatory properties which help to boost vitamin B levels that are responsible for improving your skin health and preventing skin dryness. Depending on the age of the child, feeding the nut or using its oil are options for skin care for children.

Recipe for Cornflakes seed cookies

  • 1/3 cup each cornflakes (crushed), wheat flour, oats
  • Handful sunflower seeds or any nut crushed or powdered
  • Handful Choco chips (or more)
  • Honey (as per sweetness)
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 heaped tbsp ghee or unsalted butter
  • Milk as little as to make sticky dough
  • Take small scoop of dough and place on lined baking tray
  • Preheat oven for 5 min.
  • Bake at 200 celsius for 15 min. Once edges begin to brown, take it out.
  • Cool on rack. Once completely cool, eat right away.  

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Spotting a mouth sore (ulcer) in your child’s mouth is a matter of concern. While having mouth ulcer, a child feels pain, especially when he/she eats salty or spicy food. Children might refuse to take food till they get rid of these sores. Mouth ulcers are painful areas on gums, inner lips, tongue, roof and floor of mouth caused by loss of delicate tissue of the mouth. They can be white, red, yellow or grey in color and there are possibilities to have more than one ulcer at a time. Growing kids are at a higher risk of having mouth ulcers. They make it uncomfortable to eat, drink or brushing the teeth. In most of the cases there is nothing to worry about, as they go away by themselves in around 7 to 14 days. However, if they exist for more than two weeks and develop larger in size, it is always advisable to visit a doctor. Kids having a family history of mouth ulcers are most prone to develop them. Although no one knows the exact reasons for mouth ulcer there are some causes of ulcer in mouth.

Causes of ulcer in mouth:

Traumas and injury– These are the most common cause of ulcer in mouth especially in kids. It includes accidental biting of your cheek (inside), injury from a toothbrush, constant rubbing of dentures or braces, burns from eating hot food. All of the mentioned things usually cause single mouth ulcers.

Fungal Infection– Ulcers in the mouth sometimes happen due to overgrowth of yeast (a type of fungus) normally lives inside our mouth and throat. It overgrows in kids, who have been taking antibiotics or have weak immune systems. (How to easily build immunity?)

Acidic food or drinks– Citrus fruits, acidic food and spicy food can be the cause of ulcer in mouth. Fruits such as oranges, pineapple, lemon, grapes and tomatoes can cause stress on the tissues in the mouth and cause sores, apart from this very spicy and salty food should also be avoided which can lead to further irritation.

Lack of vitamin B12– When a kid doesn’t get enough vitamin B12, his/her body produces abnormally large red blood cells, which can be the reason for sores in mouth and sometimes for red bumpy tongue too. (What are some food source of vitamin B12?)

Stress– Stress affects the overall health of your kid badly. In some cases it has been found that kids bite their inner cheeks and lips if something bothers them, which can also be the causes of ulcer in mouth. (How to lower stress with food?)

Hormonal changes– Hormonal changes that occur due to puberty and menstruation may cause mouth ulcer.

Nutrients and foods that prevents mouth ulcer:

Vitamin B12: Deficiency of vitamin B12, can lead to mouth ulcer. Other symptoms of its deficiency are feeling a lack of energy, tiredness, having sore and red tongue. By incorporating vitamin B12 rich food like milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, chicken, fish in your kid’s diet, you can help in preventing regular mouth ulceration. (What are the best fruits for teenagers to manage hormones?)

Folate: It has been noticed in several studies that mouth ulcer can be caused by deficiency of folic acid. Food rich in folate such as green leafy vegetables, beetroot, broccoli, nuts and seeds, wheat gram and avocado can help in fighting mouth ulcers. (What are some easy folate food sources?)

Zinc: A recent study indicates low zinc level can increase the risk of oral ulceration. It is a mineral which boosts our immunity so it can help to fight off bacteria that causes ulcer in mouth. It also helps in healing wounds. Food sources that can help to compensate for zinc deficiency are chickpeas, lentils, beans, eggs, whole grain and dairy foods like milk and cheese.

Iron: Dry mouth, sore, swollen or smooth tongue can be symptoms of iron deficiency. If a kid is suffering from repetitive mouth ulceration, including iron intake in his/her diet can help to a great extent in overcoming this. Food rich in iron such as spinach, quinoa, white beans, dark chocolate, soybeans, tofu, dry fruits and tomatoes help in fixing iron deficiency. (How much does iron cookware benefit iron intake?)

Treatment of mouth ulcers:

  • Apply ice on affected area
  • Rinse your mouth with salt water or baking soda
  • Drink cool chamomile tea
  • Brush gently
  • Avoid acidic or spicy food
  • Eat healthy and balanced diet
  • Reduce stress by indulging your kids in their favorite activities
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Milk of magnesia is advisable to apply on mouth ulcer

Home remedies for mouth ulcers:

Honey: Honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals and amino acids that have anti-bacterial, anti- fungal, and antioxidant properties. According to a research, honey helps in minimizing the size, redness, and pain occurs due to mouth ulcers. It also prevents affected areas from further infection. Applying honey on ulcers for at least ten minutes and repeating the process three to four times a day may provide some relief.

Turmeric: with lots of medicinal properties turmeric has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory abilities which makes it perfect to reduce the inflammation caused by ulcer. Mix a bit of turmeric powder with little water and apply this paste on an effective area for a couple of minutes and rinse off, do this at least twice a day. It also helps in fighting further infections. (What are other ayurveda herbs good for kids?)

Poppy seeds (khas khas): Due to its cooling effect, poppy seeds are considered as best for treating mouth ulcers, which can be a cause of excess body heat. The bio active compounds in poppy seed encourage tissues to regenerate and promote healing of ulcers.

Holy basil (Tulsi): Tulsi leaves have been scientifically proven to have medicinal properties. It also has antibacterial effects, which can destroy more than 99% of the bacteria and germs in your mouth and therefore helps in fighting mouth ulcer. Chewing 2 to 3 leaves of Tulsi leaves at least 3 to 4 times a day not only helps in reducing pain and redness, but also prevents recurrence.

Liquorice (Mulethi): This perennial herb not only treats cold and cough, but also helps in cleaning your stomach and remove toxins that could be responsible for mouth ulcers. It has been studied that mulethi contains anti-inflammatory property which help in reducing mouth ulcers. Make a paste of liquorice powder with some honey and apply this on ulcers, repeat this for 2 to 3 times a day for better results. (What other ailments does licorice help kids in?)

Recipe for Ulcers:

  • 1 tsp roasted turmeric
  • 1 tsp licorice powder
  • 1 tsp honey

Mix and apply on the ulcer. Even if the kid eats this, it will only help fight the infection. Apply 3-4 times a day. The taste is just great, kids wont say no 🙂

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