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My 3.5 yr old dd has been congested (stuffy nose, slight cough, circles under eyes, but no dripping- worse in the morning.) for the past 2 months. She began preschool in August. Do new preschoolers have perpetual colds at first? I have read that there are so many different cold viruses that a child can catch one after another until immunity is established. Then again, it could be allergies, right? I sincerely hope not. Her diet really erroded this summer - she was refusing all foods but breads, pasta, and cheese. Some fruit. Now she seems to be coming to her senses - today she had broccoli sprouts, carrots, and butternut squash soup! (along with her usual quesadilla, of course. lol.) Is this familiar to anyone?
 

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It sounds very much like allergies to me. I'm like that for most of september until november or the first full frost, every year! DD seems to be dealing with it as well, but less severe than me or your dd. It may also be compounded with the preschool gunk they usually catch. DD got a double ear infection by week 3 of daycare. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
We give dd claritin & it helps a ton. If you are more homeopathic in nature, i know there are some good options for allergies, but i don't know the specifics.
 

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I agree that it sounds like allergies. It could be something just coming on, or maybe she's allergic to something at the school too (do they have classroom pets? dustmites? mold?)
 

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My DD (2.5) recently had cold-like symptoms for 2 months. I took her off dairy completely (she already drank rice milk but ate cheese and yogurt) and on about the 5th day it cleared up and she has been fine for about almost 3 weeks now. I know that some people say raw dairy is fine but I do not have access to that. Even my regular ped told me that dairy causes your muscus to thicken so it can make a child keep a cold longer..anyway, it worked for us (she really misses her cheese though<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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