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What do you do about allergies and a 4 year old?

She is just miserable, but she doesn't seem to understand that she can't play with her "dandelions".. I have been giving her Benadryl (sp?) since I already have permission from her doctor for other reasons.. But what else can I do? I feel horrible for her. She is absolutely miserable.

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:17 PM on Apr. 25, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Children's Zyrtec and Claritin. That's what we give my daughter, and have been giving to her on doctor's orders since she was two. She gets a dose of Claritin in the morning and a dose of Zyrtec at night. Talk to her pediatrician about it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:19 PM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Children's Zyrtec is what my allergist recommends. For a 4 yr old start with 1/4 teaspoon. If that isn't enough then you can safely give 1/2 teaspoon. My allergist says not to give Benadryl. He says it's not as effective as Zyrtec and not as safe.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 3:21 PM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Claritin childrens 24 hours dose AND get an Rx for Nasonex after about a week on both you'll only need the nasonex-- Dont use Zyrtec-- it is too new and the studies are showing a likn between it and stomach cancer--granted they are preliminary studies but I'd rather be on the safe side then the Oh shit side

    Answer by MELRN at 3:27 PM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • have you tried the honey trick? worked with my kids. find local unpasturized honey, and give her 2 tablespoons everyday. It will contain all the local allergins in the area and will help her body build an immunity to them. It usually takes about 6 weeks though. But it has worked with all my kids, and me.

    Answer by daughteroftruth at 3:35 PM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Be careful with the "honey trick"... I'd talk to her doctor and get advice..

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:40 PM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • My 3 & 4 yo get either childrens claritin or zyrtec - I usually alternate them, a couple weeks on one, then a couple weeks on the other, and so on - per dr's orders since sticking with one doesn't do the trick all spring/summer/fall. Our next step is weekly allergy shots, if things don't improve.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:10 PM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • OP here

    Thanks everyone! I Brought my daughter to the doctors yesterday for her checkup and we will be going to see an allergist soon, she also prescribed zyrtec. Thanks again!

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:58 AM on Apr. 27, 2010

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