Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Allergy Issues

Today was one of the those days. Brody has some serious seasonal allergies and he was just in a fussy mood. Nothing I did was right and I could tell he just felt cruddy. He got so frustrated at one point that he pulled my hair out of anger. I popped his leg which then resulted in him pulling my hair again. It was just a vicious cycle. On top of that, he cannot communicate with me about some things because he can't say what he wants and it frustrates him to no end. He got so frustrated at one point that he just threw his drink on the kitchen floor. This would have been no big deal if he was using a sippy cup but he was using a cup without a lid. He has been drinking without a lid a lot lately and he does really well. He hardly ever spills....unless he throws it on the floor, then he spills it. :)
I decided just to take him to the doctor at the end of the day. I just love our pediatric clinic. They are all wonderful doctors. We are trying some new allergy meds and hopefully Brody will be feeling better soon. I want him to play outside without feeling miserable! It's funny how his mood changed at the doctor and he acted totally normal. He was just laughing and flirting with the nurses. Little stinker.
Thankfully, he and I made-up by the end of the day. He seemed to like me and hopefully he will be feeling better soon. We are increasing his daily amount of Zyrtec, giving him a Singulair tablet once a day and a prescription anti-histamine at bedtime. Our doctor said to continue this regimen until the pollen count is back down. He gave me a local website to check daily so until then, he is going to be amped-up on allergy meds! :)
I'm curious...Do your children have seasonal allergies? If so, what has helped them deal with allergies?

41 comments:

The Niemeyer Nest said...

I have wondered about this with Evie. How did you know to take Brody to the doctor? My head has been hurting so badly for several days. I sure hope Evie does not have a headache! Glad to hear that you and Brody made up and that some relief is on the way!

Mallory said...

I have allergies too, Brody! :( It stinks...and mine are seasonal, fall & spring. My brother had such bad allergies he took drops of medicine nightly under his tongue instead of weekly shots. Hope the Zyrtec & Singular work. I take Z daily!

Mrs. Fabulous said...

Hi! I'm a new reader...found your Poof video, and I swear I'm a changed woman!!! :)

So sorry to hear about your little one's seasonal allergies! I have a 2 year old and fortunately, we haven't had to deal with bad allergies yet.

I hope the doctor can prescribe something that will help.

Blessings :)

Jessica said...

I have them horribly. So far my little one has been alright. But What made the difference for me is a humidifier in my room, and in the main are, by the front door that gets used most.

Ashley said...

Girl, not sure about Avery yet but she sure is stuffy! It came RIGHT after the warm weather & rain the other day. I am very stuffy too, & so is Chad. Our doctor put him on Allegra!

Good luck, so sorry! ;( Love ya girly! You look great!

All About Aleigha said...

Oh poor Brody. My daughter has very bad allergies. She gets it honestly though, I have them so bad I take weekly shots. My daughter takes Zyrtec and Singulair as well and we have a prescription antihistamine also. We also had a humidifier in both bedrooms. Little noses saline spray works well also. Hope Brody starts feeling better soon.

{katrina} said...

My Addie suffers from horrible allergies! She takes Zyrtec every morning and then we give her Nasonex every night at bedtime.

We had an allergy panel done on her now that she's 2 and are anxiously awaiting the results.

She's a much happier camper now that she's on meds...she was a lot like what you described with Brody!

Hope he feels better soon!

Kelly said...

I'm glad to read this. I've decided Harper has seasonal allergies. Last year in March/April her skin was completly broken out. And this year - she is horrid and her little nose is always running. I feel so bad for her. It got really bad the days we played outside. So I've been trying to figure out if she could take meds? She has a dr appt next week so I think we'll just ask then. Poor Brody - glad he's feeling better.

Mary said...

I give my son children's Claritin depending on his nose. If ge wakes up with a runny nose and no other cold symptoms, I give it to him. Makes a world of difference! It does make him a little tired so it's a bit more of a battle late in the day but worth it!

kelly at keeping up with kelly said...

I have allergies attacks all the time

Christy said...

Jennifer I am new reader but you may know my cousin, Robin Harper??? I love reading your blog. I'd like to add you to my fave list if that is ok. I have been blogging for 5 years now and it is sad to say I read more than I write in my own blog. I know that is horrible. I have got to get better at it. Do you have names picked out for your son/daughter?

Beth said...

I hope Brody feels better. My 5 year old daughter was recently diagnoised with allergy/asthma. She has to take Zyrtec, Singulair and 2 puffs of an inhaler daily. She has been on these meds for about a month and a half and it seems to be helping with the red, itchy eyes, runny nose, and cough at night.

The Kinards! said...

Poor little Brody! I have seasonal allergies too, and Zyrtec always really helped, but it does make you sleepy!! Even if you take it at night, the next morning it would take me FOREVER to wake up! I love your dress! :) Hope little Brody gets to feeling better!

waikikimum said...

Poor Brody he must be feeling terrible. My son who is now a teenager has suffered for a long time. I find it worse on windy days and we try not to venture out when an easterly breeze is blowing.(we are in Perth Western Australia so obviously our wind direction might be different to yours). Our easterly winds blow from inland wheat belt areas and that is what triggers his allergies. Claratyne is great as it is non drowsy and he has taken that since he was about two.

Mandi said...

Dillan takes Zyrtec daily for his seasonal allergies. I'm so sorry Brody can't play outside without feeling miserable...hopefully his allergies will be under control soon.

Rachel said...

I'm lucky that neither I nor my daughter have allergies, thank the lord!!! But, as a pediatric office nurse I know that Brody's doctor has him on the good stuff now. Zyrtec is awesome, and even tough it's over the counter now that is the med of choice by the doctors. Singulair is awesome, and you should notice big time improvement with that, but the only problem is that insurances don't like to pay for it. It's very pricey and allergies are not a preferred use for that drug, it's usually used for kiddos that have really bad asthma or allergy induced asthma. So, if you insurance will cover it take full advantage!!!

Charon Benton said...

Yes, we deal with allergies in our family too! My youngest has bad allergies....we just do Zyrtec for him..that seems to help. We are in Florida, so the pollen count is AWFUL right now...I mean, like, REALLY REALLY BAD. Hope your little one feels better soon!!!!!!

Robyn Beele said...

I think my son is going through the same thing! I have not brought him to the doctors, but I really need to. I hope all the medicines helps because it is not fun having a sick baby!

Carrie said...

Are you sure it is pollen he is allergic to? My nephew was tested for allergies and he is allergic to chicken, feathers, and something else I can't remember. I am only mentioning this because he was eating chicken nuggets the previous night. May be a shot in the dark, but every little things helps :)

PS: you always look so cute in all your pictures

Jessica said...

Jake had them and his have gotten much better! We did all of that when he was itty bitty but we dont have to do ANYTHING now! Praise! He hated every bit of it too. My doc said to plan for the green dust to stick around for 2 or 3 more weeks. BOO! Good luck

Keeping Up With Kaegan said...

Symbicort has seriously been a blessing to my 2 year olf child. She has very severe allergies constantly and we have tried EVERYTHING. Symbicort Inhaler has done the trick.

Leigh said...

I'm so sorry! We have gone through all of that with our daughter Emma. She is 5 now and doing much better. She started out on all of that - Zyrtec, Singulair, and an inhaler when it was bad. But we are down to just taking singulair (aka snot medicine) pretty much through the fall, winter and spring. And she is doing much better! Good luck!! Love your blog!

~Bekah said...

Shelby, who will be 10 months on the 12th, has allergies but gets it naturally from me and her daddy b/c we have allergies bad as well and we give her children's benedryl. we give her under the youngest recommended dose b/c there is not a recommended doseage amount on the bottle so we give her the little dotted line dose at the bottom of the cup, twice a day and it helps w/ her allergies :)

Stephanie said...

Poor Brody! Yuck, allergies are the worst. I have ALWAYS had such a bad time with them.

Mary said...

My son Zane (born the same day as Brody :)) is just starting to show signs of seasonal allergies. At his 18 month appointment I mentioned it to his pediatrician and she agrees that he's showing all the signs. I just went last night and bought Children's Clariton to give him at night. We'll see if it works!

Brown Girl said...

I don't have children but I do have horrible allergies and Singular seems to really help me if taken consistently!

Love the pics, he's too cute!

Summer said...

I love your hair like that BTW....super cute!!

I have seasonal allergies to Brody and they stink! Zyrtec really helps!! Hope he gets some relief soon....and glad he likes ya again :0)

That last pic is Ha-larious....

xoxo
Summer ;0)

Cameron and Rachel said...

Poor Brody! I have allergies and I am on shots and medication. I know how he feels. My 2 yr old seems to have them too. When the weather changes quickly on him or when things start to bloom.
Our doctor had us put on Zyrtec in the morning and benadryl at night. Between the two they dry his running nose up in about a week. Then we stop the benadryl and continue the Zyrtec until everything calms down with the weather.

Hope he feels better soon and the new meds him help. Keep us posted on how the meds works!

Mary said...

aww poor brody! my son doesn't have allergies but my husband does really badly...nothing seems to work for him, may be time for him to see the doctor...i hate pollen!!

Thomas and Jamie said...

My son (22m) has HORRIBLE allergies. We keep him on 1 spray each nostril EVERY morning of Veramyst nasal spray and .33ml of "Pediatex" every 6 hours as needed when his allergies flare up. It helps TREMENDOUSLY and we've been known to keep him on it for a week at a time to keep his allergies at bay!! Honestly, this has been a God-Send for us!! Zyrtec just seems to drug my boy, so I REALLY don't like it! Good luck!

Melissa said...

Both my boys have them. We use a humidifier and a vapor plug in, they seem to help them both!

bethanne62 said...

My adult daughter has had allergies/asthma her entire life.
We found that having an air cleaner in her room was a huge help. There are some allergy blocking lotions you apply to your nose that help also. You have to learn the triggers. We live in So Cal and in the Fall we get horrible Santa Ana winds that she just has to limit her outside exposure and in the Spring she has problems when the weather drastically changes. One day it can be cool and the next very warm or vice versa and this is a very hard adjustment. Your doctor is your best source of information.
Right now she has a Germ Guardian air filter in her room.

Carie said...

My little girl, Kaythlen, has been on Nasonex and Singulair daily for over a year now. I keep thinking I might try to wean her off of them (there is no generic for either), but when we miss a day, it all starts again! Good luck with Brody!

Aubs said...

both of my boys have severe allergies and one has severe asthma too so i know more than i ever wanted to about it!

the zyrtec and singulair combo is what finally got it controlled for us! it does help, when he is old enough, to get an allergy panel done so you know exactly what it is that gives him so much trouble and can then do what you can to avoid or eliminate whatever it is!

hope the meds work as well for you as they have for us, and that your lil man is feeling all better soon!

Taylor said...

I know how you feel! Grace, my 3 year old, has really bad allergies and I have to give her children's Zyrtec everday to keep it in check! She also gets a bad cough from asthma so she has an inhaler we have to use some too.

The Santa Ana's said...

I got such relief reading your post about Brody having a fussy day. Our boys are 2 days apart and Carson was having a terrible day today also, sounded a bit like yours. He also has allergies and we give 1/2 tsp claritin and 1 spray of nasonex in each nostril. I'm praying these allergies hurry up and go so my little man will come back. Thnaks for sharing. I'm not alone!

Annie said...

Poor Brody. That's the worst feeling...and to not be able to communicate it on top of that?!? Poor kiddo. Blake has bad allergies as well. His ped. just started him on Zyrtec about a month ago, and that seems to be working for him. We go back at the end of the month to see if we need to try anything else. Hope this new dosing helps little Brody!!

Kelly said...

Poor guy! We feel your pain. We actually started allergy shots with our 6 year old this week. She has asthma and allergies and we took her to an allergist for testing. After her testing, our Dr. informed us that he rarely sees "reactions this bad." Great! She is very allergic to almost every grass, trees, cat, dog and horses... the list is LONG! We do Zyrtec, singulair, and an inhaler. It explains a lot for her- mood swings, lethargy...The meds make a world of difference!
Hope he feels better soon!

Holly said...

Poor baby! Both of mine are feeling it too! We have used Clemestine for years and it works pretty good. After a while though, it begins to slack off on effectiveness, so we switch to Vazobid (the big guns!)!! They will begin to make him feel better, and you'll get your SWEET boy back before long!

Tracy said...

Been reading for awhile, but have never commented (please think of me as a "lurker" and not a "blogstalker" ... although, I am not sure which one is better. HA!)

Our daughter had fits when she was bitty too ... because she couldn't tell us what she wanted. We taught her sign language and it saved all of our lives. There are books out there for baby sign language, but, I just made up signs for the words she would use the most. I was afraid it would hamper her ability to talk ... if only. She was talking in complete sentences by 20 months ... she is now 14 and hasn't EVER stopped!

Heather said...

We just found out that our 3-year-old son has allergies. He's allergic to oak trees, dust (great for my cleaning confidence) and of all things, cats! (We've had a cat since before he was born! We're getting rid of her now.) Our son is on children's Claritin, and we bought allergy protection bedding and said goodbye to most of the stuffed animals and pillows. We also have a air purifier in his bedroom that runs 24 hours a day.

Good luck to you, and hope your little man feels better soon!