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Kids with these Retained Reflexes are more Prone to Suffer from Allergies

This article provides helpful information about allergies and retained Primitive Reflexes. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.

Many children suffer from allergies or allergic reactions. Sometimes this happens in the spring when pollen is in the air and the weather changes seasons. You may start to notice signs of watery and itch eyes, frequent sneezing, cold-like symptoms, rashes or itchy ears.

Other children may experience chronic allergies or asthma that ligers all year long. No matter the season or the allergy, the life of the child may be disrupted or challenged by allergies.

There are many reasons that could be behind a child having allergies (chronic or not). Allergies could be passed down through genetics or something could have happened at birth creating a compromised immune system. Or, a child may simply develop them overtime depending on where they live, what they eat, or changes in climate and seasons.

But one thing you may not know is children with retained Primitive Reflexes may also be more prone to having allergies or allergic reactions.

What’s behind allergic reactions?

Allergic reactions typically happen when the immune system identifies normally harmless substances, but the body reacts to it as a threat. Kids who have allergic reactions may experience anything from asthma and hay fever to eczema or dermatitis.

Anytime a child inhales allergens from dust mites, feathers, or pesticides, the body reacts to what appears to be foreign substances. A child can also suffer from allergies not only from what is within their environment, but also if they are zinc-deficient. Infections may happen more frequently in children who have allergies.

Allergies may also impact a child’s tactile or sensory system. If the child comes in contact with allergens in washing or bath soaps, or certain materials like rayon, nylon, polyester, and rubber, their bodies may have a strong physical reaction.

Same applies to foods. If digested, food allergies can cause stomach issues and may make it difficult for food to travel through the digestive system.

How Allergies Prevent Kids from Learning in the Classroom

Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States and affect 7% (5.2 million) children.

Children who experience several allergy symptoms for extended periods may feel sluggish, sick, exhausted, foggy, temperamental, moody or lethargic. This continuous discomfort can cause distractions in the classroom or mood changes that are sometimes mistaken for learning disorders or behavioral issues.

In addition, children with nasal congestion may not sleep well, which may make the child restless, irritable, impulsive or anxious in the classroom.

A side effect of allergies is chronic congestion, which can cause ear infections. When a child experiences chronic ear infections, auditory processing and hearing are impacted. Auditory processing issues in the classroom can create a number of problems. The child may appear to have “hearing” issues because they can’t process information to do the following:

  • Follow tasks
  • Retain information
  • Comprehend
  • Use expressive language

As a result, kids may fidget, squirm or have trouble paying attention in their seats because they aren’t processing the information being taught. This is one reason allergies can be mistaken for ADHD. Kids with ADHD-like symptoms can be tested for allergies to see if they are causing the attention and focus issues.

Retained Primitive Reflexes and Allergies

Now that we understand more about allergies and the impact they may have on a child’s learning ability, we must also look at the child’s primitive reflexes. If a child has allergies and is also having trouble with auditory processing, attention issues, or speech and language delays, you may want to see if a retained Primitive Reflex is also tied to these problems.

Moro Reflex

Children who have a retained Moro reflex tend to be more prone to allergies. Allergies could be a result of heightened sensitivity and reaction to stress, which is typical for a child with a retained Moro reflex.

Children who have a retained Moro reflex may have a history of allergies and a compromised immune system. While the Moro reflex is not necessarily the direct cause of a retained Moro reflex, the biochemistry of anxiety, which is associated with the Moro reflex, can affect the functioning of the immune system over time.

Sometimes symptoms of the Moro reflex are reduced when biochemical problems are corrected. The same applies to children who have asthma when the Moro reflex is fully integrated. However, the reflex may persist as a protective function when other systems (like the central nervous system) are not working properly.

Long-term retention of the Moro reflex may cause adrenal fatigue affecting the immune system either through exhaustion or overstimulation. When this happens, resistance to infection goes down and the development of allergic reactions becomes more likely.

Babkin Reflex

The Babkin reflex may also impact allergies, but is more related to food allergies. Kids who struggle with oral sensory issues, textures of foods and picky eating may have a retained Babkin reflex. A child with food allergies who also has a retained Babkin reflex may be limited in what they will eat and are less eager to try new foods and textures. When integrated, some of the signs and symptoms of the reflex may be reduced.

For more information on retained Primitive Reflexes and how to get on the right path toward integration, download our free Retained Primitive Reflexes Roadmap below.


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