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Help Seasonal Allergies in 1 1/2 Year Old

Hi, I am a stay at home mom of a 1 1/2 yr old and a 6 month old. Now that the weather has been nice, my 1 1/2 old daughter has allergies. I have yet to call the dr to find out what I can do. Her eyes are wattery and red, she has a runny nose ALL day long. She just seems really tired too. Is there anything you recommend giving to someone that young? Please anything would help. I do not like to see her like this. It dosn't help that my husband and I also have bad allergies. Thank you!

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Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions!! You all had many great ideas. I will definitely get her to an allergist soon. Right now, I talked with the Dr. and she told me to get her on Benadryl. I asked about the childrens Claratin and she said that it is only recommended for 2 yrs and up. Ehhh well. But I did give her two doses of the Benedryl and it helped out sooo much. She didn't seem extremely tired. So I will keep that up until I get an appt with the allergist. Again thank you all, you were such a great help!

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Hi M.,

My 24 month has seasonal allergies also. I gave her Benadryl last fall and now she takes Clartin for Children. Both her and her 8 month old sister take the Claritin and I give it to them at night. They are fine all day long.

I am on Zyrtec and will only switch her to it, if the Claritin stops working.

Hopefully you will find something that works for her, so she can continue to enjoy the outdoors.

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My one year old has allegies too. I called our pediatrician and was advised to try children's claritin, 3 to 4 ml per day. You can use Benadryl instead but it depends on how your child reacts to it. We are on day two of Claritin and my son is doing much better. Good luck!

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You will have to double check the label, but Children's 24-hour Claratin really works for my toddler.

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My son is 16 mths and the doctor put him on Zyrtec. It really helps. It would be worth a trip to the doc to relieve her misery. She suggested giving it to him at night because it may cause drowsiness.

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Hi M.,

My 24 month has seasonal allergies also. I gave her Benadryl last fall and now she takes Clartin for Children. Both her and her 8 month old sister take the Claritin and I give it to them at night. They are fine all day long.

I am on Zyrtec and will only switch her to it, if the Claritin stops working.

Hopefully you will find something that works for her, so she can continue to enjoy the outdoors.

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My son was diagnosied with seasonal allergies well before his 1st birthday. They won't do skin tests because they rarely come out correct. They put him on zyrtex, then singulair and nasonex because the zyrtex didn't seem to work. The sing/nas combination works great for my son. The eye drainage is greatly reduced and so has the runny nose. You can ask your pediatrician to recommend a pediatric allergist, I think it's crutial to get a pediatric one because they really know how to treat the children. Good luck!!

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My niece, now 2 1/2, has been on Zyrtec since she was 15 months. No side effects but you can definitely tell if she misses her dosage.

I am also on Zyrtec (as is the mojority of my family), since there is no generic form at this time the cost may be higher than some precriptions (depends on insurance, mine only cost me $15 for 90 days) but it is definitely better than the over the counter costs of those meds!

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Like the other mom responded, Zyrtec was prescribed to our daughter at about the same age. She has an allergy to cats and we use it when we visit family. I've never noticed any major reactions, maybe a bit sleepy, so we also give it to her at bedtime. The cost is a little high, even with insurance, but it beats Benedryl by a mile. Benedryl has been used in a pinch, but either has made her super dopey or super excited! Good luck!

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M.-I am not sure what your little one can take but you were also saying that you and your husband have bad allergies as well. The company/store that I shop from makes an allergy med that is compared to Claritin but cheaper. They also have products that are safer for the environment and made from natural ingredients. I mention this because they tend to help those who suffer from allergies and asthma. You don't have to worry about any toxins in them. In fact, I just heard one of the ladies' stories about how she hasn't used her inhaler or meds since buying these products. If you'd like to learn more about how you can get this, just let me know. I"m more than happy to share the info.

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My son is 16 months and also has allergies. I got fed up seeing him looking so ill and frustrated with the symptoms so I took him to the doc and he was given RX Singular. He's only taken it a week and there has been a good difference. He still sneezes and has some other symptoms, but is no longer miserable looking! BUT, see what he was taking was samples from the dr and it turns out the insurance won't cover the singular because that med was origanlly given to patients with asthma. Because that is not his diagnosis, we have to try something started with a Z? and if that doesn't work we can get the singular. PHEW! Confusing!? I understand, completely being concerned about giving your little one meds. I especially don't like the idea of switching from one to the other! I'm so willing to try it for him because of his miserable symptoms. Because I have allergies too, I know what it's like and don't want him to go through it. Maybe you should talk to your doc about her options. Good luck. I really understand and hope you find something to help!

call your doctor they can put her on zertec (sp) my 20 month daughter has been on it since she was 14 months and is doing much better now.

Hi! My daughter who is four suffers from seasonal allergies also. Her eyes have been swollen and irritated since the beginning of April. She too has had a constant runny nose. We took her to an allergist last April and was shocked to find out all of the things she was allergic to (basically everything outside trees, grass ect. and cats. Her doctor put her on Zyrtec, nasonex(nose)and Patanol(eyes). This season must be really bad because with all of this she is still suffering. We are actually going back to the allergist tomorrow so that he can take a look at her. I feel so bad. She shouldn't have to be so miserable. I would suggest taking your daughter if it continues. My daughters symptoms went on for a while when she was younger and the ped. would never recommend her to be tested until last year when he saw how miserable she was. It only gets worse when they go outside and then bring all of the pollen back inside on their clothes and shoes. Good Luck!

For seasonal allergies, keep windows closed in the car and home to avoid exposure to pollens and limit outdoor activities when pollen counts are highest (early morning for spring time tree pollens, afternoon and early evening for summer grasses, and in the middle of the day for ragweed in the fall)
Consider using a HEPA filter to control airborne allergens (these only work if what you are allergic to is airborne, which doesn't include dust mites and mold).
Keep indoor humidity low, since dust mites and mold increase in high humidity.
Provide a smoke-free environment for your child (it is not enough to simply smoke outside).

These steps help to control common allergens, including dust mites, mold, animal dander and pollens.

Get rid of dust collectors, including heavy drapes, upholstered furniture, & stuffed animals.
Use an airtight, allergy-proof plastic cover on all mattresses, pillows and boxsprings.
Wash all bedding and stuffed animals in hot water every 7-14 days.
If you must keep pets in the house, at least keep them out of your child's bedroom and wash your pet each week to remove surface allergens.
Avoid exposing your child to molds by keeping him away from damp basements or water-damaged areas of your home (check under carpets).
Remove carpeting if possible.
Vacuum frequently (when your child is not in the room, since many of the things that cause allergies are small enough to go back out of the vacuum cleaner bag).
Cover air vents with filters.
Avoid the use of ceiling fans.
For seasonal allergies, keep windows closed in the car and home to avoid exposure to pollens and limit outdoor activities when pollen counts are highest (early morning for spring time tree pollens, afternoon and early evening for summer grasses, and in the middle of the day for ragweed in the fall)
Consider using a HEPA filter to control airborne allergens (these only work if what you are allergic to is airborne, which doesn't include dust mites and mold).
Keep indoor humidity low, since dust mites and mold increase in high humidity.
Provide a smoke-free environment for your child (it is not enough to simply smoke outside).

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http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/welcome/commonproblems/hay...

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