What are some fun, energetic activities I can do with my allergic son indoors?

Charleen - posted on 07/14/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 17 month old son is allergic to mold, dust mites, cats and dogs (although it is a small allergy), and biggest of all flies and gnats and anything related to flies. He is too little for me to give him zyrtec for kids and benedryl makes him tired and it isn't really good for him. He also has asthma. I thought breastfeeding him would be better for him but my daughter is healthy with no allergies and she was formula-fed. I feel like it was my fault by nursing him and not giving enough nutrients.



Every time we go outside, gnats in the grass (even when my son has pants on) go to his face or arms and it is too hot for long sleeves. He breaks out on his legs and his whole body, then after about 20 minutes of climbing on the playground equipment he has asthma attacks. But, he has run around the house and not have one. What can I do inside to run his energy out more and not have to make him miserable by going outside? He is still too little for little finger paints. He eats them but arts isn't really his thing. Anything else you can suggest would be great!

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Charleen - posted on 07/14/2011

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Cordella the other climbing places we have he isnt allowed on because he is still in diapers and the other ones that do allow him are nasty and in the bad part of town so i will see if i can go and try the other place for like a private session but who knows what will happen the people here in town are kinda rude when it comes to accomodating people hahaha but thank you guys so much i will try the obstacle course maybe the totes after I pack them and put some things between them he is a monkey after all

Michelle - posted on 07/14/2011

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First of all neither you nor nursing is to blame for your sons allergies. Nursing reduces the chance of getting allergies but doesn't eliminate the possibility. I have nursed all 3 of mine. One got a very common egg white allergy he grew out of and the other two are perfectly healthy. I have all of those allergies your son has except the dog one and I have asthma and I was formula fed as a baby. Allergies just happen to some people. Secondly if you have a room with space in it or a closed in porch you could get one of those toddler playlets (swings, slides, etc on them), get one of those toddler slides to get some energy out. You could probably find one for cheap at a thrift store. The other thing you could do is take him to an indoor play area at a mall or fast food place.

Cordelia - posted on 07/14/2011

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there are some great indoor play sets and you might be able to score some at the thrift store (just clean them well to get rid of mites). IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT. Most allergies are genetic. He got great nutrition from you. Also, you may want to see if there is one of those indoor climbing places (In Atlanta we have Monkey Joe's-I'm sure you have one near you) to go out to. If you can rotate the indoor climbing stuff by keeping one or two big things out weekly and then switch and hide them that will help keep him from getting bored. I used to work at this company: www.AchooAllergy.com. Their blog has lots of great info too. Best of luck!

Lucy - posted on 07/14/2011

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Have you tried making him a little "obstacle course" inside? Can get a big box or a blanket over a table to crawl through, prop a board up on the couch for a slide, pillows to clamber over, a line of masking tape on the floor to walk on, stepping stones made of pretty much anything to jump from one to another... Anything like this that he can "get the wiggles out" without having to be on the outdoor climbing equipment.

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