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post #21 of 46
Just read this- subbing so I get an update. Hope your little guy is ok!
post #22 of 46
How is he?

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post #23 of 46
I hope everything is ok.

Ps. My son won't take oral meds either (he will gag and vomit) and he's on the autism spectrum, too.
post #24 of 46
OH poor guy! I hope he's better by now, but I'm going to tell you how I got dd to take Benedryl, even if they take my mdc card away.











Kool-aid. It's bad and it's wrong, but the child was miserable and would not take the stuff. It ended up in her hair, my hair, everywhere but her mouth. So I mixed the Benedryl, some really stong kool-aid in a sippy and gave it to her. She's never had the crap before, but she sucked it down like there was no tomorrow. And passed out 15 minutes later. So now I keep a little thing of Kool aid in the very far back of a rarely used cabinet, just in case.
post #25 of 46
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Kool-aid. It's bad and it's wrong, but the child was miserable and would not take the stuff. It ended up in her hair, my hair, everywhere but her mouth. So I mixed the Benedryl, some really stong kool-aid in a sippy and gave it to her. She's never had the crap before, but she sucked it down like there was no tomorrow. And passed out 15 minutes later. So now I keep a little thing of Kool aid in the very far back of a rarely used cabinet, just in case.
BRILLANT idea. When meds are needed I'm all about whatever works.

-Angela
post #26 of 46
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Originally Posted by mamalisa View Post
Kool-aid. It's bad and it's wrong, but the child was miserable and would not take the stuff. It ended up in her hair, my hair, everywhere but her mouth. So I mixed the Benedryl, some really stong kool-aid in a sippy and gave it to her. She's never had the crap before, but she sucked it down like there was no tomorrow. And passed out 15 minutes later. So now I keep a little thing of Kool aid in the very far back of a rarely used cabinet, just in case.

Hey, whatever works. We've done soda, pudding, Hershey's syrup, and yes, I think grape Koolaid. And I don't feel bad about it-- the reason these tricks work is because these junk foods are such a novelty. If a kid had Koolaid every day, why would they care if you handed them another cup of it, ya know? The main trick is using enough of the treat to mask the taste, but not so much they can't/won't finish it.
post #27 of 46
Thread Starter 
Sorry it took so long to update Got home from the ER around 3 and had to be up for work at 7 so I passed out right when we got home.

After I wrote that post Owen took a turn for the worse. The hives were getting much worse so I took him to the ER. By the time we were seen the hives were covering almost his entire body (legs and arms weren't as bad as the rest, but they were still on them) and he was starting to swell up. His eyelids were really swollen and red. He ended up with a shot of benedryl and they kept him for a little while to make sure his breathing was okay. We got home around 3 with a prescription for something (starts with a "z" but I'm drawing a blank right now). Which the dr forgot to tell me wasn't covered by insurance and cost $40 : He takes it once a day until further notice (he's got to see his family doctor in the next few days). The hives are still horrible, covering much of his body. But the meds are helping bring them back down. The doctors best guess is an allergic reaction to almonds (Owen's never had any nuts before). So for now- no more nuts, especially almonds. He will probably end up getting allergy testing done just to be sure it was the almonds (don't want to take away nuts if he's not really allergic, especially since he doesn't eat meat and we were hoping to get some protein from nuts).

As far as getting the meds in him- it's iffy. He's just now "getting" bribes. Before he didn't care at all. Now it works maybe 20% of the time. Today I got his meds in him by telling him he could watch some tv. :

These benedryl strips.... I've never heard of these before. Must go looking now!
post #28 of 46
Zyrtec? That's an allergy med.. I'm so glad he's alright, and I hope you are able to figure out what he's allergic to.
post #29 of 46
I am sure its probably Zyrtec (sp?). My son takes that every day.
post #30 of 46
Ahhh...Steph to you and Owen.

Did they give you an EpiPen RX?

post #31 of 46
Thread Starter 
Thanks ladies. Yup, it is zyrtec. I'll try and get another picture of him in just a sec so you can see how it is now...

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Did they give you an EpiPen RX?
Nope. They said to give the zyrtec once a day, stay away from nuts, benedryl cream up to 3 times a day and follow up with his family doctor this week to discuss the next step.
post #32 of 46
Thread Starter 
Here he is taken just a few minutes ago. You can tell how bad his face is in this one. And amazingly enough he's looking a TON better now than he was just 8 hours ago.
post #33 of 46
Steph, he is ADORABLE!! : Poor boy covered in hives though. I hope they get better soon!
post #34 of 46
My son is on zyrtec (similar thing with hives with him--his was citrus we think though allergy testing revealed tons of allergies so who knows for sure). A couple of things--I do think you need an epi pen prescription. For sure; I'm shocked they didn't do that. Second, our doctor gave us a ton of zyrtec samples. You might ask since it isn't covered by insurance. I'm glad it is getting better for him!
post #35 of 46
You need an EpiPen Jr Rx, and you need to carefully read the directions.

And I second the zyrtec samples suggestion.
post #36 of 46
oh what an angel. hope he feels better. and hope you get some rest.
post #37 of 46
Wow, Steph, sounds like it got scary there for a while!
Glad he's doing better.

I got hives like that once and it turned out that I developed an allergy to shellfish. I hadn't been allergic to it before! Allergies are odd.

I'd definitely get allergy testing for Owen as soon as he's been off of the allergy med for a couple of weeks. (You don't want the med interfering with the results). They can either do a blood test or skin test.
I'm going to have my son get tested again. He had a blood test for things like dairy, soy, wheat but now we have to do shellfish, nuts, eggs, strawberries, dogs, cats, etc.

Oops, I'm babbling. I'm just so glad to hear your update.

Hugs to you both!
Liz
post #38 of 46
Poor boy! Hope he's feeling better, and that you are both more relaxed now!

Much love,
Marissa
post #39 of 46
PS: That boy gets cuter every time I see him!
post #40 of 46
Thread Starter 
Thanks! He goes to see his doctor tomorrow morning so I'll definately ask about an EpiPen. Would she (family doctor) be able to prescribe one or do I have to wait for the allergist to?
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