Does anyone have any tried and true solutions to seasonal allergies for their children?

Erin - posted on 04/01/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 6 and for the past 3 years has suffered when pollen season comes around. We've tried Claritin, Zyrtec, and last year we tried Singular. None of them made any difference and other than keeping him inside for 6 weeks (he's an outdoor kind of kid so that would be torture for him!), I'm at a loss. I really don't want to put him on more medication unless it makes him feel 100% better. The runny nose, the itchy eyes, the black "allergy shiners"...makes me feel horrible that I haven't found any thing that really helps him! Any ideas from those that might be dealing with the same situation?

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Erin - posted on 04/03/2009

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Thx Dawn and Megan.  Have an allergist appt next week so we'll see what happens!  Just want what's best for my son and if that means a different med and/or eye drops, then that's ok.  As long as he feels like himself again!  :-) 

Megan - posted on 04/02/2009

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Dawn gave you really good ideas. Also, since he has itchy eyes you can try otc eye drops or even Rx ones. I have some for my daughter whose eyes get really itchy and it helps. I think seeing an allergist would probably help in terms of helping build up an immunity. Your ped. should be able to give a Rx or two that should help him. Someimes we have to use Rx even when we don't want to you. I don't like to meds but I have to take a bunch because of physical problems and I really don't like to give my kids things but I also don't want them to suffer. Sounds like he needs different and/or more meds. Good luck

Dawn - posted on 04/02/2009

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some kids do grow out of it...but unfortunatly for the rest of us it gets worse every year not better. o another thing i forgot to tell you. i found this out the hard way to but if your son is allergic to ragweed and certain grasses then some foods can trigger a reaction just as if he'd been exposed. watermelon, catolope, honeydew, zuccinni and summer squash. there could be more but these are the ones that trigger symptoms for me. so when you go to the allergist ask about it. i actually read an article in a magazine about it...no dr had ever told me this. but i cut all of these out and that helped some too. then just to see i ate some zuccinni (in winter) and was sooo stuffy within 30 minutes so i knew i was right. i wish you luck...allergies SUCK.

Erin - posted on 04/01/2009

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I figured an allergist would be the way to go.  Just didn't want to load my son up with medications, guess I hoped he'd grow out of it as he got older.  Me being naive.  Would rather see him be able to run outside and not be overly concerned about touching his eyes or his face, washing his hands the minute he came inside, etc.  Thx for the suggestions and guess I'll be making some phone calls tomorrow!

Dawn - posted on 04/01/2009

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i have suffered with allergies since i was about 5 years old! so i know what your son is going through. unfortunatly i went the same route...just trying something new every year. i finally found a few things that worked. Flonase and Allegra. not sure what the age limits are on those so you'd have to check with the dr. i just turned 30 and i think i might be cured. i finally went to a specialist who finally discovered that i had a deviated septum ( my nasal passages were collapsed in). this was part of my problem that i couldn't breath most nights! so last october i had surgary to correct this and i have drastically cut down my medications! i still take the Allegra but only when i really need it and i have some Nasonex but haven't needed that either. i'm not saying that a deviated septum is the cause of all allergies and i still have them, however now that mine has been fixed i might still be stuffy but at least i can sort of breath. i'm not sure if i made any sense at all? if it's possible i would recommend going to an allergist rather than just your regular dr...they mean well but the don't always know a lot about allergies. i'm glad i finally went to one after 25 years of suffering!!

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