I'm looking too. I read an article last year on saline rinses (for adults) being really effective in removing antigens and decreasing symptoms. I don't have time to research it right this sec though, and no idea if it's effective or safe (should be) for kids. That's one avenue I'm planning to explore. For us right now we're stuck with medication... I'd love to decrease or eliminate it eventually.
It may have been a total coincidence, but we had my oldest on high doses of fish oil (max for his age weight) and we were able to stop both his Rx allergy med and his asthma inhailers after a month on the fish oil...
I was just coming here to post something similar. My three older kids all have seasonal allergies. My oldest takes Claritin in the morning and Singulair before bed, starting in late March or early April and going through November. My twins take Singulair. I dislike giving them the medication, but they are miserable without it.
I have read that taking local, raw, wild flower honey can help wtih seasonal allergies. The honey MUST be from your area or it won't work.<br><br>
I'm not too keen on store bought slaine stuff but if you do wish to go that way look into a Neti Pot, neti pot salt, and they also have herbs/oils that are used with the neti pot. DS, 5, will not try it but all kids are different. We keep working on it though<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
I'm in this boat too. I can't say enough about how helpful the saline rinses have been. I can never seem to get the salt ratio right in the neti pot so that it doesn't sting.<br><br>
Beware of singulair though. There are some side effects you should be aware of, although your kids ight be just fine using it.