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Jrazz posted 5/16/2013 21:55 PM

We live in one of the worst counties for allergies in the area. Lots of agriculture, livestock, and flowery plants.

Mine are pretty bad, Crazz's are AWFUL, and poor DD3 is being treated as an asthmatic because she is doing the worst of the 3 of us.

After a month of pediatrician appointments and an increasing regimen of medication to make it possible for her to sleep/breathe at night, we are getting ready for our nightly ritual:

Albuterol Inhaler? Check. (This is because she is wheezing and has a croupy cough without the croup. She had an asthma attack at 3am last week and I thank GOD we had it handy.)

Claritin? Check. (This is for her watering eyes, sore throat, and cough that persist every day. Windy days are worse.)

Ibuprofen? Check. (This is because she has pain in her chest from coughing all day)

Prescription Eyedrops? Check. (These are because she has been waking up in the middle of the night with her eyes glued shut with crust. We first treated her with antibacterial eyedrops because the gunk turned green, now it is clear and we use synthetic natural tears to keep her sweet eyes from stinging and crusting over.)

Humidifier? Check. (This is to make breathing more comfortable and has become necessary to prevent a recurrence of the aforementioned attack.)


Before some of you (I know you know I know who you are) dive in here screaming that these are too many meds to give a toddler, I want to make clear that these are all at her beloved pediatrician, new allergist, and 2nd-opinion-doctor that I sought out for independent counsel's insistence. I double triple hate this ritual, but after a week of implementation she is finally seeing some lasting relief.


So yeah. Lost of stuff. Don't know where I was going with this.... Mergh.

ETA: ZERO fever through out all of this, and she's had 99% of her energy. I spent the month worrying that she had pneumonia or Valley Fever, but we've effectively ruled infection out. Just nightmare allergies.

[This message edited by Jrazz at 10:07 PM, May 16th (Thursday)]

h0peless posted 5/16/2013 22:04 PM

Poor kid. :( My sister actually moved to the other side of the country to escape her allergies.

Jrazz posted 5/16/2013 22:05 PM

We moved out here 2 years ago. We're seriously considering moving back just on account of this.

click4it posted 5/16/2013 22:19 PM

(((munchkin)))

So much BIG allergies for such a little gal. I feel for her. I think your option to consider moving might be a good one, unfortunately.

She might be too young for this yet, but if she has large adenoids or tonsils and she is also snoring because of this, you might consider getting them removed which will help her sleep much better. I don't know if there is a tie in or not, but just a thought.

GabyBaby posted 5/16/2013 22:42 PM

Poor lil munchkin.
I hope the allergies lighten up soon.

Pentup posted 5/16/2013 23:10 PM

Poor Razzbaby. Regimen sounds familiar to me. I took shots through ,my entire childhood. That and dimetapp are probably the only reason I am alive to type this.

Jrazz posted 5/16/2013 23:21 PM

Thanks everyone. She's a total soldier about it, too. She calls the inhaler her "breathe-a" and does it like a champ.

Little muffin.... she's sleeping now. I hope it lasts.

authenticnow posted 5/17/2013 05:58 AM

Awww, I hope all the Razzes feel better soon.

Allergies are crazy over here, too. Thankfully our family doesn't suffer but where I work I think about 75% of the customers are buying some form of allergy medicine, all complaining that this year is horrible. We live in a high-allergy area too, I think. (Basically in the woods, lol)

Sad in AZ posted 5/17/2013 06:00 AM

Poor baby!

If it's any comfort, some kids with severe allergies/asthma eventually grow out of it; both of my brothers did.

PS: You can talk to your doctors about this, but a homeopathic treatment for allergies is to eat local honey; the idea is that the pollen is part of the honey and helps build up the immune system to not react when the pollen is in the air. It's not an insta-cure but it is a potential treatment for the root cause. It helped my DIL.

[This message edited by Sad in AZ at 6:02 AM, May 17th (Friday)]

jo2love posted 5/17/2013 07:53 AM

(((Razz family)))

I hope all of you feel better. Allergies are awful here. I hate pollen...my car is not supposed to be green. DD has been on claritin. Yesterday I bought mucinex allergy to take in addition to the claritin. In 2hrs there was a huge difference in how she looked, felt, and sounded. Sending feel better mojo.

[This message edited by jo2love at 7:54 AM, May 17th (Friday)]

simplydevastated posted 5/17/2013 07:57 AM

Being an asthmatic myself, I feel your pain. It sucks having to go through all that when you're older let alone a little one like her.

Have you talked to her doctor about Singulair? It's an allergy medicine and asthma medicine all rolled into one. It's a daily pill and when I was on it (I only stopped because I'm horrible at remembering daily pills) I never had an attack and my allergies were under control. My DD takes it as well for her asthma and allergies. She was born with seasonal allergies. When I took her for walks in her stroller her eyes would almost instantly water up, turn red and she would rub them. That might help to curb some of the affects and easy her nightly ritual.

I've read articles about eating regional honey as well. I think you just take a spoonful daily (if she can handle the taste that is.)

Sending big (((HUGS))) to my long distance niece and family

lieshurt posted 5/17/2013 08:41 AM

PS: You can talk to your doctors about this, but a homeopathic treatment for allergies is to eat local honey; the idea is that the pollen is part of the honey and helps build up the immune system to not react when the pollen is in the air. It's not an insta-cure but it is a potential treatment for the root cause. It helped my DIL.

^^^This

brooke4 posted 5/17/2013 09:41 AM

I know she's young, so this might have a little bit of a getting used to period, but have you tried nasal rinsing? I think NeilMed makes one specifically for children. Our allergist (who is brilliant) is absolutely obsessed by the importance of doing this morning an night. He says that pollen that remains in your nose causes immune response flares that re-trigger the allergic response.

Has she been tested to see what she's allergic to? My oldest had terrible grass pollen allergies and she had amazing results from immunotherapy.

lynnm1947 posted 5/17/2013 09:46 AM

Two days ago, I stayed home convinced I had a raging cold and I didn't want to infect my office. Nope. Just a really bad allergen day! Couldn't raise my head from the pillow all day. So, my dear Jrazz, I feel for you.

lynnm1947 posted 5/17/2013 09:47 AM

When I read your title, I thought maybe you had just experienced the same earthquake we had,

Pentup posted 5/17/2013 12:11 PM

Singulair is the only reason I am not on shots now. Don't know what the age limit is for taking it. It was scary expensive, but now there is a generic. Glad you have her going to a pediatric allergist.

Jrazz posted 5/17/2013 14:25 PM

Just picked her up from daycare for a fever. Headed to the docs to either rule out or treat what may be pneumonia.

metamorphisis posted 5/17/2013 14:29 PM

Sending love for baby razz
Poor kid. I know people are having a hell of a time with allergies around here and I had headaches and then what I thought was a cold last week. But then it was just gone.. which is unusual. Just poof.. better one morning with no trace of what I thought was going to last a lot longer. So I am leaning towards seasonal allergies.

[This message edited by metamorphisis at 2:30 PM, May 17th (Friday)]

nowiknow23 posted 5/17/2013 15:44 PM

(((((poor pumpkin))))) Hope she's better soon. Stupid allergens.

authenticnow posted 5/17/2013 15:49 PM

(((CutiepielittleRazz)))

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