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April 8, 2010 / allyo

And the parent of the year award goes to…

Not us.  Backstory: last August Jamie was showing typical signs of seasonal allergies – runny nose, red eyes, sneezing, etc. I was wondering if he should be on an allergy med and one day at daycare it came up with another parent who said her daughter took Zyrt3c and why not try it? It’s not like it would do any harm. We tried it and it worked. After hay fever season was over we took him off of it and he had an eczema breakout. So we put him back on. Later that fall we were at the doctors’ office for something else and the doctor – not our regular doc – asked if he was on allergy medicine and I said yes. She said something like, “he has that look about him, like he should be.” And that was the end of that. Until last week when we were at the doctor’s office seeing our regular doctor and before I brought up the behavioral issues I mentioned that he was on Zyrt3c. She asked if it made him act crazy and I said no.

Strike 1.

Then I brought up the behavioral issues and she asked AGAIN, could it be the medication? I thought for a minute and since we started the Zyrt3c before his behavior got so out of control I said no. Although if you remember my post last week, I even said then that things were so insane around here last fall that I couldn’t really recall if the problems started before January or if that’s when we really took notice.

Steerike Twooo.

Then I got to thinking. What would it hurt to take Jamie off the medication for a few days? This was last Weds. We had been talking to Jamie a lot about kindergarten and how it was so many months away and that it wasn’t really time to think about it and he seemed to be less stressed about that.  MD and I also came up with some new strategies on how to get through our days and things had already started getting better, but as of this Tuesday he was like a different child. Scratch that, as one of his teachers said at daycare, it was like the OLD Jamie was back. All of a sudden he was going to sleep easier at night, staying asleep and staying in his room longer, sitting still at dinner, just generally agreeable. And while he’s still 5 and there have been blips they’re resolved in a short amount of time rather than spiraling into a situation where we’re afraid he’s going to hurt himself and/or us.

I did a little googling and there are a lot of parents out there reporting similar issues: angry outbursts, inability to sit still, difficulty sleeping, bad dreams/nighttime fears, etc. etc. etc. I’m cringing, thinking of how miserable things have been but I’m glad my doctor raised the issue last week. Knowing this was due to parental error is miles better than sitting in a shrink’s office wondering what the hell is wrong with your kid.



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  1. Jody / Apr 8 2010 12:18 pm

    Please don’t beat yourself up. Wilder had been off and on allergy meds for years, and we’ve never been able to get a clear handle on the side effects.

    I’m glad there was a clear line of connection for you guys. It’s really hard not to know, and not to be able to evaluate whether a medicine is doing more harm than good.

    Are you going to try anything else for the allergies? Or just see if he can gut it out?

  2. MystikMomma / Apr 11 2010 10:15 am

    Glad you found something that contributed to Jamie. This is a starting point and now you just find those natural allergy remedies that don’t have side effects and you are well on your way!

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