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08:35 am: Coughing. Again. Still?
Teddy, not me.

We were up from 3:00 to 5:00 this morning. Benadryl, Tylenol, sugar-free peppermints, shut up with the hot shower, and lounging in the hot bath. The bath seemed to help, finally, and Teddy's still sleeping now.

It's not croup. It seems to be a continuation of the allergy thing. We're giving him Triaminic in the morning and Benadryl later. It seems to help. Mostly. Just not last night.

:sigh:


And he has intermittent diarrhea, too. Peter calls it chronic, but that's not true. He does get it at least every couple of weeks, however, and sometimes it lasts for a few days. All my research indicates that there are no appropriate, safe medications for kids with diarrhea. All the trusted sites I've found say "fluids, rest, and wait." He's never had any of the symptoms that indicate a problem (bloody stools, belly ache, sustained low energy, etc.).

Every time I think "tomorrow, he's going to the doctor," it seems to clear up.

And every time I think "ok, he's all done with that," it seems to come back.

I think. We've started a poop journal.

Parenting is glamorous.


Summary of this week's camp experience coming later.

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: tiredtired

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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:July 3rd, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
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I know I've suggested this before, so disregard as needed, but what about probiotics? Not the green stuff either (though in pill form, I like that brand).

Probiotics may boost his immune system to fight whatever's going on with the cough (or lessen the severity or shorten duration) and help his stools. Dd had a bit of diarrhea too a few weeks back, I always imagine (because that's the glamour of parenting) that her little insides are a bit 'sunburned' (w/out the sun]) and need some help. Her diarrhea cleared up within 2 dipes.

I know he eats yogurt but maybe that's not quite enough?

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t080402.asp
http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/ultrawellness-key-4

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From:katehaney
Date:July 4th, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)

mixed feelings on probiotics

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If he had a constant issue, I'd consider it, but it's so intermittent and unpredictable that I'd hesitate to throw further complication into the mix. Thus the journal.

Too, probiotics have not helped me at all, so my personal experience does not incline me in that direction.

(edited to fix the typo :sigh: )

Edited at 2010-07-04 11:55 am (UTC)
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From:swingchickie
Date:July 3rd, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
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this may sound really basic, but what are your sugar-free peppermints sweetened with? and how often do you give them to him, is it every time he coughs? if they're sweetened with anything ending in -tol (e.g. sorbitol), the poopies may be coming from that. that stuff is impossible to digest, even a small bit of it sends me running for dear life to the ladies room.
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From:katehaney
Date:July 4th, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)

good point!

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I'm sure they're a -tol. My belly is really sensitive to those sugars and I haven't responded at all, so I didn't think of that. (DUH!)

I didn't want to give Teddy lollipops because of his cavities, but it's definitely worth eliminating those.

He doesn't get the mints all that often, but he does get them periodically, so that could be exactly it. DOUBLE DUH!

Thanks for the great idea!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 4th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)

Allergies

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If you think it's allergies, have you tried Zyrtec instead of Triaminic and Benadryl? We've got lots of allergies here, and Zyrtec is VERY helpful, it's only once a day, and doesn't make them tired. Zyrtec can sometimes make my oldest kinda grumpy, but it works for a lot of things for my two younger ones.
Lori (Chris' sister)
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From:katehaney
Date:July 4th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)

is Zyrtec prescription?

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The doctor recommended the Triaminic, but he's the same guy who seemed to think having a drowsy kid at night was a bad thing (not Teddy's regular doctor), so I'm not sure how much I think of his opinion.

Teddy doesn't seem to get drowsy on one Benadryl, but I'd love to find something more consistently helpful. I'll definitely ask!

Thanks!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 9th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)

Re: is Zyrtec prescription?

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I didn't realize that you had responded here. Zyrtec is OTC and you can get tablets or liquid for kids - it's even in generic forms now, though I do believe the name brand tastes better personally (my kids don't seem to notice a difference). I like that it's only once a day; it seems to clear up their symptoms (mainly runny nose and runny eyes); and that it doesn't seem to alter their attitudes ;-). Claritin would make my oldest kid GROUCHY! And it keeps me up at night if I take it too many days in a row. I don't see the side effects with zyrtec.
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From:katehaney
Date:July 9th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)

cool!

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There was a recall recently on Tylenol, Benadryl, AND Zyrtec, so I gotta look up the details. But I'll definitely try Zyrtec. Thanks for the tip!
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