This spring, DD developed severe environmental allergies that are worsening her asthma. We're on this crazy medical journey, crazy because it's so much medicine that's having so little effect.
She is 4 and on singlair, claritin, high doses of prednisode inhaler 2 x day, and she still needs her albuterol frequently (more than once a day). We've steam cleaned the carpets, bought allergen bedding covers, wash the sheets and blankets in hot water, run the stuffed animals through the dryer, and she's no better than she was a few months ago, before we even started all these meds. Actually, I'd venture to say she's worse, but maybe that's because the type of pollen has changed.
Now they've given her a nasal spray which they think will really help a lot because her nasal passages are very inflamed. Well, she's only 4, and the thought of spraying something in her nose is terrifying. The first time I understood she was scared, but she did it and said it was actually fine. The second time it took a lot of coaxing, more than the first, but she did eventually let me give it to her. And again, she said it wasn't that bad. The third time, after an hour of crying, pleading, coaxing, she consented to spraying a tiny bit - a very tiny bit - herself. And then she as done (as was I).
Now she's lying in bed coughing, sniffling, having nightmares (from the singulair), and I'm wondering what on earth to do next. Spray it in her nose while she's sleeping, find a new allergist, move to the North Pole?
Has anyone had any success coaxing a reluctant young child to take a nasal spray? Anyone have NO benefit from singulair and OTC antihistamines? The doctors all talk like this is some miracle drug and it's not doing anything for my kid but make her moody and give her nightmares. She's been on it six weeks.