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Allergies

Owen has been complaining of watery eyes recently. They are watery, red and itchy... Dh has been having the same issue for a few weeks..

I am going to call the advice nurse and ask what is ok to give him.. but I sent him today with a bit of children's Benadryl (I figure if they ok'd Everly having a tsp of it , clearly Owen is ok to use it) But it does make them drowsy so I want to find a solution that doesn't do that and is ok for his age.

Anyone out there use anything? have a kid with mild allergies?

I am a allergy free person so this is all new to me..

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Tia is using Zyrtec (OTC) and Omnaris (a nasal spray). She has a chronic runny nose and the ENT is trying these meds as a first-step in case it is allergies. (I don't really think she has allergies, but that's another post! lol). She's also used Nasonex.

Being an allergy sufferer myself, I'd highly recommend something like Zyrtec or Claritin. They take care of the allergies without causing drowsiness. Most are 24-hour meds too, so you only have to give them once a day as needed.

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i think claritan might be safe for kids too..but not sure...we deal with food allergies here not seasonal/environmental at the momment

wendy....has tia been to an allergist

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We had RAST testing done at the pediatrician's office about 6 months ago (maybe longer?). Everything came back normal, RAST is known for iffy results though. They say that skin testing isn't effective until 2, if I remember right, so she's probably close to that option. My gut says it's not allergies because she's never sneezy, no watery eyes, none of the telltale allergy symptoms except for her goopy nose. BUT, the ENT said it looks like an "allergy nose" to him after a quick exam, so we're trying the meds.

Her pedi thinks it's probably her adenoids, which is why we're working with the ENT. They took Xrays last week and we'll go back in for a follow up about that next week. I certainly don't WANT her to have surgery, but I want those things OUT if it'll help her. The stuffy nose interferes with her sleeping, talking, eating. And, well, it's GROSS as a mom! lol

Sorry to hijack, Kelly!

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Allie is allergic to tree pollen, oak tree pollen to get specific. We tried all three last spring, zyrtec, claritin and allegra. We had the best results with zyrtec given at bed time (it can make them a little sleepy) Allie's symptoms were a constant cough and somewhat runny nose. She did have watery eyes if she was outside for too long though. The ped also thinks that she might have mild asthma and wants to try her on pulmicort this spring if things get really bad. She does respond well to the albuterol which is why they think she might have asthma caused by allergies.

What sort of allergens are around this time of the year where you live? You can check on Pollen.com

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Miles is bad in the fall. I've been giving him children's claritin and I think it helps. I think we tried zyrtec last year but I didn't like it because i felt like it took longer to start working, and it would take a while to get back on track after missing a dose. Claritin, for both of us, works better and is okay if we miss a dose.

He is also allergic to dogs and I do tend to give him benedryl if we are visiting someone with a dog overnight. I may make him drowsy, but doesnt knock him out completely.

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Neat website Smile
I looked us up and it says Juniper and Alder.

I will get some Children's Claritin to try... I have a call into the nurse to ask. Otherwise I will wait till his 4 year appt (3 months, YIKES did I just write I almost have a 4 yr old!)

According to the website Monday is RED ALERT for allergens in my zip code.. I think cause the current storm (about to hit in a few hours) will be gone by then.

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I have always heard that if you have allergies that you should eat local honey. Something about the bees and the pollenation (not sure if that is a word) and how they get the pollen locally so it is good for local allergies. Not sure if it is true or if it would work in Owen's case, but my aunt swears by it.

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Both kids had fluid on their ears at the poured and were acting like they had allergies.. The ped said zyrtec and it diawesome join. Gave it before bed.Belle went from coughing up get lungs upon waking to being just fine. She didn't seem at ask driest. The pharmacist did tel me that only the generic was available because the brand was recalled.

Sorry for typos... On my phone

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My pediatrician said that you might have to try a few of the meds before you find one that works. For us Claritan did nothing for Allie, Allegra worked okay but made her extremely cranky. Zyrtec worked the best, but everyone is different Smile

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"SPCN319" wrote:

We had RAST testing done at the pediatrician's office about 6 months ago (maybe longer?). Everything came back normal, RAST is known for iffy results though. They say that skin testing isn't effective until 2, if I remember right, so she's probably close to that option. My gut says it's not allergies because she's never sneezy, no watery eyes, none of the telltale allergy symptoms except for her goopy nose. BUT, the ENT said it looks like an "allergy nose" to him after a quick exam, so we're trying the meds.

Her pedi thinks it's probably her adenoids, which is why we're working with the ENT. They took Xrays last week and we'll go back in for a follow up about that next week. I certainly don't WANT her to have surgery, but I want those things OUT if it'll help her. The stuffy nose interferes with her sleeping, talking, eating. And, well, it's GROSS as a mom! lol

Sorry to hijack, Kelly!

Wendy, I have pretty severe environmental allergies. I hardly ever get itchy red watery eyes. Always just a goopy nose.

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Good to know, thanks. I've been paying more attention to my own nose the last few days and I've been really runny with no other symptoms too. I don't get stuffy like she does, but I guess it is possible that the trained specialist is right! Wink

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"luangwa" wrote:

Wendy, I have pretty severe environmental allergies. I hardly ever get itchy red watery eyes. Always just a goopy nose.

For me, there are certain things that I seem to just have eye allergies. Other things are goopy nose. Other things are a cough. Luckily (knock wood) very few things are all 3.

Also, Claritin seems to work best for M and I, but from what I hear, we are in the minority.

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I went with Target brand childrens Clairitin.. seems to help a lot! Approved for 2 and up so I was comfy with that. No more waterey eyes!
I will still talk to his pedi in a few months

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Yay! I'm so glad it's helping. Smile

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