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post #421 of 524

I'm hiding with you!  We've had 3 different illnesses so far, all caught from putting my kids in a gym daycare.  After the 3rd sickness in 6 weeks we stopped bringing the kids to the gym.  It just wasn't fair to them (and me) for them to be sick so much.  We've all been pretty healthy since then, with the exception of a couple snotty noses (which is likely related to teething).  Luckily none of my kids are coming in contact with other kids right now, so we might avoid it.  It would be awful to get sick right now while we're traveling and stuck in AR!

post #422 of 524
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Just took Avery to the dentist.  They filed his tooth a bit, which was not fun.  I had to hold him down and he cried and cried and then looked at me and the dentist with such sad, betrayed eyes I about died.  But it doesn't hurt to nurse anymore, so that's good. 

 

The dentist also said not to worry about it.  His own son chipped a tooth and it turned brown, but he said it can stay in like that until it's ready to fall out unless it gets infected, which apparently isn't too likely.  He said he might recommend a sealant to prevent decay a little later down the road.  And, he said it may fall out sooner than it ordinarily might and that the adult tooth might then also come in sooner than it might ordinarily.  So that was interesting. 

 

Day three of a cold for me here.  Ugh.

post #423 of 524
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The dentist also said not to worry about it.  His own son chipped a tooth and it turned brown, but he said it can stay in like that until it's ready to fall out unless it gets infected, which apparently isn't too likely.  He said he might recommend a sealant to prevent decay a little later down the road.  And, he said it may fall out sooner than it ordinarily might and that the adult tooth might then also come in sooner than it might ordinarily.  So that was interesting. 

 

 

 

 

This is actually helpful info for ME.  My kids are headed to the dentist tomorrow because my daughters front teeth are prematurely falling out because of damage, with no adult teeth in sight.  I would have been a lot less worried if out dentists would have told me this!

 

Glad its taken care of for you, I cannot imagine that nursing discomfort.  Im sure Avery will forget all about it in no time.

 

 

I have super Mommy guilt today.  Somebody has been using my social security number to get credit cards and a job...and I have spent all day on the phone and internet sorting things out.  I have fed my child organic Frosted Flakes and let her watch Sesame Street in an attempt to fix this...or stop it...or whatever.  Now she is napping, and I have practically not interacted with her at all today :/  I feel bad.

post #424 of 524
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This is actually helpful info for ME.  My kids are headed to the dentist tomorrow because my daughters front teeth are prematurely falling out because of damage, with no adult teeth in sight.  I would have been a lot less worried if out dentists would have told me this!

 


I have super Mommy guilt today.  Somebody has been using my social security number to get credit cards and a job...and I have spent all day on the phone and internet sorting things out.  I have fed my child organic Frosted Flakes and let her watch Sesame Street in an attempt to fix this...or stop it...or whatever.  Now she is napping, and I have practically not interacted with her at all today :/  I feel bad.

Well, I hope he's right about that!  Let us know what your dentist says!

 

As for your mom guilty... it's okay.  Austin has been sitting in front of the TV a lot lately b/c I need to get things done while Avery naps and b/c now I'm sick and super exhausted.  We gotta do what we gotta do.  Austin has developed a bit of a TV addiction lately, but I know that he'll forget all about watching movies when the weather turns and he can be outside all day again.  I am SO looking forward to that!

post #425 of 524

Eli is super loud today :(  I have had an earache for a while now, which comes and goes (I am wondering if my sinuses have something to do with it).  Eli has this terrible habit of whining really LOUDLY when I am preparing his food... to the point of grinding on my nerves uhoh3.gif I have no idea how to reinforce that it is not a nice thing to do.  Ugh ... 

 

The weather is gross ... I have been walking in the rain a lot with Eli, mostly for my sanity (we don't have a car).  Eventually when you live in such a rainy city, you suck it up, slap a hat on your head, cover the stroller with a raintarp and go for a walk.... pretending it doesn't rain lol ...

 

Eli's chip is very small on his tooth, I wonder if it will be affected in any way?

post #426 of 524

Does anyone have any experience giving LO's Zyrtec?  I hate giving my kids meds, but our allergist suggested it for lessening allergic reactions and preventing cross-contamination rashes and side effects.  B has been super rashy and snotty and reactive lately. 

 

Anyways, what would you do?  Why?

 

I need to rationalize and my brain is full.

post #427 of 524
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Does anyone have any experience giving LO's Zyrtec?  I hate giving my kids meds, but our allergist suggested it for lessening allergic reactions and preventing cross-contamination rashes and side effects.  B has been super rashy and snotty and reactive lately. 

 

Anyways, what would you do?  Why?

 

I need to rationalize and my brain is full.


Yes, we gave Austin zyrtec when he was having a crazy reaction to seasonal allergens when we first flew out here to look for houses (he was 14 months).  He was sneezing like every 2 seconds and miserable.  We had a million houses to look at so we called his ped and that's what she recommended in combo with benadryl.  Anyway, it made him a bit sleepy and otherwise it was fine.  He wasn't on it long term, though. And I've heard from others that have been that it can lead to mood issues.  My MIL was self proclaimed crazy while on it.

 

I can understand why your doc would recommend some maintenance allergy med, though.  For kids that have their allergy cup so full, it can be helpful to keep it at a lower level so that other allergens don't cause such a large reaction.  For example, if she's dealing with seasonal allergies on top of her normal food allergies, then she might also react to new foods or bee stings or cigarette smoke, etc. when she wouldn't ordinarily react to those things.  It's possible by keeping her in check you would be able to feed her additional foods.  It also could cut down on illnesses.  Kids that are constantly dealing with allergies tend to get sick more frequently b/c of swelling/secretions, etc.  So I do think it's something to seriously think about trying out- at least during certain times of year when she seems to struggle more.

post #428 of 524
Ash, I've given dd2, aka Sneezy McGee, Zyrtec before when she was littler. Not baby, but like 4 ish. It's a risk benefit thing. Benefit, happier baby with less snot, etc. Risk, are there any likely serious side effects from a small dose of a common OTC med? Doubtful. Google the side effects of Zyrtec on little ones a give it to her. My 2 cents. wink1.gif
post #429 of 524

Thanks guys.  Bettie is definitely exhibiting more allergies lately, and she has had constant snot and watery eyes for about 2 months.  She has also started snoring and being woken from her sleep.

 

I guess I will give it a try.

post #430 of 524

I'm glad the topic of allergies was brought up again! I've been using a natural antihistamine my chiro suggested and it has *literally* worked better than anything I've used before - pharmaceutical or otherwise. I wanted to wait to share the results with you all until I've been on it for a few weeks, so here I am now a few weeks in.

 

It's called Natural D-Hist by Ortho Molecular Products. It has very few ingredients, all natural (and vegetarian I think, too). http://www.orthomolecularproducts.com/ProductDetails.aspx?id=e3dd50ed-7f02-4d19-9e2a-907d09d57923   It's very affordable. Non-drowsy. Check out reviews on Amazon.

 

Ever since I got sick with some respiratory thing in December, I've been having coughing fits and asthma attacks. The asthma attacks seemed to linger long after I got better, and it was really stressing me out feeling like I couldn't breathe all of the time. I was using my Albuterol inhaler regularly because I didn't want to go see a doctor to be put on something more long-term... I couldn't even laugh without it turning into a wheezing fit. greensad.gif Then I thought it was reflux causing the cough in my sleep. My chiro suggested I take the D-Hist to see if maybe allergies are causing the wheezing/coughing, and within days it eliminated the asthma and cough. Even crazier, I'm not reacting to foods that would normally be iffy to eat. I used to break out into hives on a regular basis from random allergens and they've completely stopped unless I forget to take my D-Hist. I'm so skeptical that it's this effective because I've been on SO many meds my whole life and don't understand how a natural product with only 4 ingredients could be the "magic bullet" for me...

 

Oh, and another interesting tidbit... It works insanely fast. Last night I couldn't stop coughing in my sleep for a good hour. I took two capsules and the phlegm/wheezing (whatever the heck is going on in there...) went away within 15 minutes.

 

It comes in a D-Hist Jr. form for children too. Maybe you could try that, Ash?

post #431 of 524
Definitely! Thanks for the recommendation! I will look it up tonight.
post #432 of 524

My DH had seasonal allergies really bad. The last two years he hasn't gotten them. We have been gluten free for a year and nearly so the year before that. From what I read gluten can cause a lot of reactions in people (allergies, asthma, eczema, ect).

post #433 of 524

I need some help... In the last two weeks or so R has decided that hitting, kicking and throwing things at people (me, mostly) is okay (both in fun with a smile on his face AND in anger/frustration). I have no idea how to deal with this. It makes me really frustrated, and I am starting to lose my cool. I raised my voice and grabbed his wrist today when he was about to throw a wooden block in my face and I just don't want to be doing that. He's constantly doing it. I tried showing him how he could pet my face instead of smacking it, and so he does for a few pets and then smacks me as hard as he can. And yesterday he was getting into the garbage (it's a can with a lid lock and we tell him it's 'yuck yuck' and he tells us this, too - it hasn't ever been an issue) because I forgot to lock the lid and I went over and did the usual, 'This is yuck yuck' and tried to steer him away and he turned and punched me in the leg and yelled, 'NO!'. I was shocked. 

 

I've tried being calm and saying, 'We do not hit/throw/kick/etc' and hold him close, but he HATES that. It just makes him do said thing more. 

 

And then he tantrums and throws himself on the floor (for serious, drops to his knees, throws his arms up in the hair, tosses his head back and flops onto the floor and starts kicking his legs. Screaming. It's HILARIOUS! And annoying).  I'm at a loss and getting really frustrated.

post #434 of 524

I think a lot of my winter allergies are from household dust and cats. I knew I was allergic to cats before we got the first one (and then we took in my brother's cat when he was too allergic), but we wanted cats anyway. redface.gif And now I love them too much to part. I'm admittedly not a heavy cleaner, and our house is very stuffy in wintertime when we can't open windows and the cats are endlessly shedding. Makes for an unpleasant picture.

 

For sure, Christina, I've noticed the same thing as your husband when it comes to lessened seasonal allergies with gluten elimination! My eczema and asthma are better then too. But - even when I'm 100% off of gluten and dairy, I still have the stuffy nose. I had a deviated septum surgically fixed 5 years ago and for whatever reason I started having sinus issues/allergies immediately after I could breathe through my nose. Nice, eh? irked.gif So it kind of defeated the purpose when it was said and done...

 

I haven't been able to keep gluten and dairy out of my diet completely lately. I've been too weak. Really. At least in the meantime the D-Hist is helping me feel good while I continue trying to fix my endless battle with food issues...

post #435 of 524
We are in the middle of some pretty intense allergy testing for B, and so far gluten sentivitiy/allergy has been ruled out, and dairy allergy was ruled out, but she has a sensitivity to it so we avoid it.

I will have to pretty extensively research the D-hist before I try it. I think in the meantime I'm just going to use the Zyrtec. It's starting to be a quality of life issue for our whole house.
post #436 of 524
Sorry Christina, I have no advice. Eli does throw a few tantrums here and there and it's annoying. The worst is his whining when I make him any kind of food. When I try to redirect him he just screams or whines louder. I get that he feels frustrated since he can't express himself ... But it takes its toll. Had another migraine today so it hasn't been fun greensad.gif

I hav e a few allergies too - never have gotten tested though. I know cats are a biggy so I avoid them. I am also allergic to penicillin and something in mayonnaise and salad dressing... There are very few salad dressings I can have, and I can only have miracle whip mayo (thankfully I am not a big mayo fan). Oo, you know what was bad? I got an allergic reaction from the epidural they gave me (when Eli was in distress and I needed a csec) they gave me Benadryl, which didn't t help and only served to make me, a new mom, terribly sleepy on top of my already sleep deprived state! That wasn't fun!
post #437 of 524
Christina, we're right there with you. Shay is a big time smacker. The baby and I get most of it. He also has been trash can obsessed lately. I've been taking it out as soon as the trash level gets high enough for him to reach it and talking to him about it.

The smacking has been making me crazy. He only seems to do it for fun. Or if the baby wrestles a boob out of his mouth, he will haul off and hit him. He also rears his hand back like he's going to hit, and then cracks up if I flinch.

Encouraging gentle touches hasn't gotten me far. He will do one or two pats on the baby and that's it. He adores the baby, so I know it's not so malicious with him.

Anyway, today we've been trying high five. He gets to smack, we get warning, no one gets hurt. It's working pretty well so far. Even Soren is giving high five now.

He loves throwing, too. So we got a little game of basket ball going with baskets and, well, balls.

Good luck. It's a crappy phase.
post #438 of 524
PS, Shay pulled his pants down by himself, tried to sit on the potty, sat with assistance, tooted, stood up, pulled his own pants up and ran away to poop in his britches. If he had moved that one step up a little, it would have been perfect.
post #439 of 524
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Yes, the hitting, kicking, biting, pinching, throwing phase.   Almost every child goes through it.  Some only hurt mom.  Some hurt other kids, too.  Some only do it for a month or so. Some for years.  Avalon started around 16 months and didn't stop until about 2.5 years.  It was horrible.  There really isn't a lot that can be done.  You can do the whole gentle thing.  You can try "give or put down" instead of throw.  You can try "give kisses" instead of biting.  You can try to give them outlets for their physical impulses like throwing balls, hitting pillows, stomping in puddles, etc.  And this can work with some kids and is definitely worth a try.  Hopefully it helps and hopefully it's short lived.   Redirect, redirect, redirect and be on the look out for flying objects, especially around other kids (wooden blocks and water bottles were two of Avalon favorite weapons).  But if you end up with an Avalon, know that you're not alone and it will pass.  She just had to gain impulse control.  Even now at age 6 she still has issues with respecting personal space, but at least she's not pushing kids off the big toy or pinching their faces until they bleed (yes, she did both these things to other kids).

post #440 of 524

Yes, Jaimee is right on.  My son was a biter.  I mean, as soon as he could get in reach of another child he was biting them.  One time a kid waved at him too close to the grocery cart and he bit his hand.  It was embarasng and stressful, and it lasted a long time...but it ended.  Eventually.  You just have to stay on top of it, constantly redirect, always offer alternatives, say "gentle touches"  3 million times a day. 

 

B is a screamer.  She has almost no words still and just screams to communicate that she needs something.  It pierces my brain, I swear.  I say "use your words, you want ______" 3,000 times a day even though she has no words- just to remind her that she needs to find another way to communicate.

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