Well, I guess it's the season for allergies. Everyone in our house suffers with allergies but poor Lila is just miserable. She barely got over being sick and the allergies hit. She's scratching her eyes, nose and ears, her eyes and nose run constantly and she has a dry scratchy cough. I took her to the ped. this morning and she confirmed what I had been suspecting- allergies. Lila doesn't have any sign of infection- thank God- but she does have what the doctor called "severe allergies". She called the black circles under Lila's eyes "allergic shiners" which I had never heard of but thought it was a nice touch. : ) She gave me a prescription for drops for her running eyes, we already have a nasal spray that we're using and she recommended Zyrtek. Now wait just a minute.......
I reeeeeaaaaaly don't want to put Lila on Zyrtek and I told her that. (I don't want her on an allergy medicine at all but don't really have a choice.) I have spoken with 4 different people in the last 2 days that have not been happy with Zyrtek for their kids. They all use Singulair, Claritin or Allegra. When I expressed my concerns to the ped. she asked me to start with Zyrtek which has worked well for a lot of her patients. Another reason to start with Zyrtek is that you have to prove to insurance companies that you have tried over the counter remedies for allergies before they will approve an allergy prescription. Since we're not exactly best friends with our insurance company right now we're not going to push our luck. We'll save that for more pressing matters.
Did I mention that we need to change Lila's sheet and blankets every day? And every time she's been outside for more than 15 minutes at a time we have to change her clothes. And she has to have a bath every day which I'm not sure her skin is going to be happy with! Right now we do a bath every other day and her skin is extremely dry. We are constantly putting lotion on her.
So tonight we begin the Zyrtek journey. I guess we'll just see how it goes. I'm probably going to schedule an appointment with an allergist to make sure we're on the right track.
And I'm off to Target to buy more crib sheets! : )