J.A. asks from Cary, NC on October 01, 2009
Singulair for a 2 Year Old??
Hi Ladies! My daughter continues to get ear infections and the croup. She's recovering from her second round of this stuff. This has all happened in a matter of 4 months. She's got lots of food allergies, and the doctor seems to think that she must have environmental allergies as well and something she's allergic to keeps triggering her getting sick. Long story short...she just finished her cortisone for the croup, has about 5 days left on the antibiotics, and the doctor wants me to start her on Singulair through the end of fall to see if it helps keep her healthy. By the way, she is cared for at home, so she's not being exposed to millions of germs or anything. Any advice? Do any of you have your babies on this medicine? Thanks for all of your help!
***** PLEASE KEEP YOUR ADVICE COMING!!! HOWEVER, HERE'S AN UPDATE!
So everyone understands a bit more of the situation... My daughter is currently on a gluten, nut, egg and dairy free diet. Yeap - that's how allergic she is. She did also test positive for a dairy allergy. We never cut out cheese or yogurt, b/c it's not a common item in her diet. However, for the past 2 weeks, we decided to completely cut out the dairy, since I have a feeling that might actually be making things worst. I'm very into holistic meds or heallings, etc, but it's very stressful to watch your kid not be able to breathe. Here's another catch - my daughter cannot use the nebulizer, because she had an allergic reaction to it (only 1% of the population). She also had a reaction to Zyrtec. So, you see, my options are very limited here!! Oh, she's also been on probiotics for 5 months as well and has always taken her multivitamins. By the way, I did lots of research on this medicine before starting, but can't find many blogs about it online, which is why I came to the best of the best - fellow mama's! =) I do believe that there is a side effect to everything...I mean, it's man made after all - nothing is 100% safe! By the way, to the mommy that wrote about the night terrors, thanks you just made me realize something huge!! My daughter took Singulair for the first time yesterday, and for the first time ever she woke up screaming completely unconsolable and crying!! Huh - I read the side effects, but it was so late last night, that I didn't even think about that connection - THANKS!!!!! Oh, we're also getting a mold test done in the house this weekend...will keep all posted.
So What Happened?™
First - thank you all for your advice and support!! We decided to take her off Singulair. She had a few other reactions, and we decided that the risks outweigh any benefit we might receive from it. (her doctor agreed) The house test for mold came back pretty clear except for a bit of fungus in our air handler, so we are being exposed to some fungus. (who knows, maybe she's extra sensitive to this stuff). I did contact Dr. Robbins which was recommended by a fellow mama (Reggie). Though they can't really help us yet because of her age, the assistant gave me a few words of advice and has helped me start moving in the right direction. I also plan on looking into NAET and reaching out to a few other doctors that were mentioned by other mamas. Right now we've pumped up her probiotics and also are going to put her on an immune booster. I 'm confident that this will all work! Keep us in your prayers!! THANKS AGAIN LADIES!! xoxoxo
M.F. answers from Daytona Beach on October 02, 2009
When my daughter was 4, she was given Singulair. It helped the asthma but made her very aggressive. We chose to stop the drug. My friend uses it with her 8 year old every fall and winter and has had no problems. Hope this helps.
S.S. answers from Miami on October 02, 2009
Ever try NAET treatment to eliminate the allergies so she will be able to eat the things she gets treated for? It is the best thing ever and she will come up positive for things that traditional bllodwork doesn't, NAET uses no needles, is gentle and eliminates the allergen so the asthma, eczema, croup, ear infections and all of that goes away.
M.H. answers from Fort Walton Beach on October 04, 2009
EVERYTHING stems from the immune system. The one thing that you didn’t mention was whether or not your home is detoxed and if you only use natural things for her hygiene as well. We are not meant to "catch" bugs or even pass them and we are definitely not supposed to stay sick. We are also not supposed to have allergies to natural things.
To make a long story short, I detoxified our home. I removed all the synthetic chemicals, cleaning products, bath and body products, laundry detergent, etc and I also started shopping for food a little bit more cautiously. (For instance, the states of Washington and Oregon have standards on their produce that compare to the US standards of organic so they don’t add synthetic chemicals like pesticides and preservatives.) Synthetic chemicals weaken the immune system and they STAY in your body. (Pharmaceuticals as well and you mentioned several.) They also contraindicate just like a pharmaceutical does so you don't know how they will affect you. They don't just go away, you have to remove them. The best thing is to not expose them and your immune system just gets stronger and stronger. Housewives have a 54% higher risk of cancer than working women, so your daughter being home is not necessarily safe unless you have purposed to make your home safe.
I had two parents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and a daughter diagnosed with ADHD. Turns out, after I detoxed the home, I had one parent with Alzheimer's and no one had ADHD. I have since put my daughter on an absorbable multivitamin and mineral complex that helps keep her healthy. There's only one on the market I trust.
When I detoxed my home, I actually started saving money on our personal care and cleaning products, not to mention the intangible cost savings of NEVER going to the doctor. I mentioned my daughter's ADHD because that was the most immediately visible sign, but I have also seen incredible results with my other daughter’s persistent ear infections and friend’s children with Asthma, Eczema, Autism, digestive issues, and even weight problems going away simply by detoxing the home and the body.
I was the sickest kid you would have ever seen, going in and out of the hospitals beginning at age 11. It was a Godsend when I found out all of this, knowing my kids didn't have to go through it as well...If you're interested in the mechanics of going about it, let me know, I'd love to help.
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K.M. answers from Tampa on October 02, 2009
NO, NO NO
please check out Dr. Bruce West at Health alert
there are natural handlings, and the more antibiotics will yield more infections.
Also my friends 7 yr old is now having learning problems from the cortisone when he was 2- do not listen when they tell you no side effects.
And there are many studies about the resultant increase in infections for kids who have been put on antibiotics.
Dr. Bruce West- google him- he will save your little ones health,k
C.P. answers from Miami on October 02, 2009
Have you cut out the foods that she has allergies to? May sound like a dumb question but many people find out about the allergies and still eat the food or give it to their children. If haven't, I'd do that immediately. Food has such a larger impact on our bodies than we know. Have you ever given her probiotics to strengthen her immune system after antibiotics? Nearly 70% of the immune system resides in the intestinal tract and the good bacteria is a major part of that. When antibitics are given, it totally wipes out the good and the bad. You may also want to look at the type of products you have around the house such as toxic cleaning chemicals, plug-ins, candles and other things. She may also be responding to those types of things as well. Singulair is just going to cover up the symptoms, if you're even lucky that it does that and you don't know how it will affect her. I highly doubt studies have been done on children that young. It's best to find the culprit and remove it otherwise bigger health issues will arise in the future.
J.A. answers from Jacksonville on October 02, 2009
We only tried Singulair for a few days, caused my daughter to have bloody noses. If your daughter has allergies you want to find a medication that will work so she can stay healthy. My daughter goes through it worst in the spring and fall, she even got sent home in PreK because they thought she had pink eye (just her alllergies acting up). Work with your doctor to find the one that works best for her. (We ended up with children's Benadryl) Good luck.
B.K. answers from Tallahassee on October 02, 2009
Hi. This must be frustrating. Here are some ideas:
Switch to non-allergenic laundry detergent. I use Arm N Hammer's Free and Clear.
Eliminate dairy foods and eliminate white flour.
Give her a probiotic everyday. Her antibiotics are killing her healthy bacteria in her colon and she needs to replace them or candida yeast will overgrow and weaken her immune system. This may be the problem already. Look at health food stores. I use Jarro lab's Jarrodophilus in powdered form and mix it in water or a drink as directed. This is so important. Probiotics help with allergies and help with immunity.
When I hear of ear infections, I immediately think dairy or lack of probiotics are the issue. And with coughs I think of too much mucus from dairy or possibly wheat. Of course, check for mold in your environment too.
Also, a quality multi-vitamin, we use Animal Parade from the health food store.
May as well boost the immune system with elderberry. We get a chewable version with vitamin C in it, SambuActin from Solaray.
D.D. answers from Tampa on October 02, 2009
I had a sick child from the age of 2 months until about 4 years old. He had ear infections, croup, and asthma issues.
At age 2 we also placed my son on Singulair. I have to say that it help him a lot. He was on it until he was about 6 or 7 years old. He is now 12 years old and seems to not need it. He still has a rescue inhaler and a nebulizer that is needed a few times through out the year.
I hope this gives you a bit of insight.
One other thing, give it at night as it makes them a little sleepy.
T.T. answers from Pensacola on October 02, 2009
Hi!! My son started Singular when he was two due to allergy induced asthma. He is allergic to pretty much everything. He is now 14 and I haven't found anything wrong with the medicine. He takes it at night they are chewable tablets. He hasn't had an asthma attack in 5yrs.
S.M. answers from Miami on October 02, 2009
Hi, J.. I haven't had experience with singulair, but it sounds very likely that your child has environmental allergies. You MUST get your home tested for mold and fungus. It's invisible most of the time, but it gets into the walls and air conditioning ducts, and it's hard to remove, but it can be devastating to a child or any sensitive person. You must also get your house checked for dust mites -- they can live by the millions in the cleanest homes, including air ducts and worst of all, bedding, pillows, mattresses, etc. Their feces cause terrible reactions, especially in children. All the cortisone in the world will not cure this kind of problem.
I will say a prayer for your child's healing, and I do hope that she will be completely well.