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Feb 09, 2009
zack'smom
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
dog/ cat allergy
Z's allergy panel came back allergic to dogs and cats. We just recently (last week) lost one of our labs (along with a big chunk of my heart) and his twin sister isn't going anywhere, so this isn't a post asking for a response like"put her up for adoption"..."get her a new home". It ain't happening. We have a cat, too, that Z absolutely LOVES. This allergy may or may not be causing any of the vomiting, but it's probably responsible for the overproduction of mucous. Here is our plan. We cleaned the HECK out of the house yesterday, we bought an air purifier for the livingroom (we already had one in Z's room, even though animals never go in there). We will vaccuum daily, brush the animals outside daily. Z started Singulair last night. I am getting a product that you spray on the fur to cut down on dander... anyone have any other suggestions? Obviously we will try to keep Z from snuggling all over Storm and Tigger...but it's hard, he loves them so much. Please don't call me selfish...I made a lifelong commitment to these animals when I adopted them...they are part of me. I take it very seriously. I also take my son's heath very seriously, but I owe it to everyone to make this work. Besides, I got enough guilt from the allergist.
Feb 09, 2009
isobel'smamma
Sara, Mom to Isobel 10/01/08 Dx Silent reflux @ 6 wks. Prevacid 22.5mg split in 2 doses. Pepcid .5ml twice a day. Diagnostically confirmed milk protein, egg and cat allergy. Suspected corn, pea and squash allergy. Trialed Alimentum and Elecare without success, currently on Isomil Advance RTF with moderate success. Barium Swallow and UGI 3/08 Pondering a ph probe and endoscopy.
Dyson=Amazing. Run your AC air handler often. Get it inspected, cleaned and repaired if required and use high grade filters- makes a huge difference. Stop using brooms they just kick up dust and dander. Use damp cloth to dust, not those swiffer things. Cover couches and upolstered furniture with sheets- every few days you can throw them in the laundry (because as a mom you need more to do). Cover Z's bed and pillow with a sheet after you make it and fold it up and away for naps and bedtime- helps keep airborne particles off his bedding. Wash stuffed toys...... The list is long. Good luck! I'd try everything to keep my animals too!
Feb 09, 2009
zack'smom
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
thanks, Sara! The sheets are a good idea...we are planning on getting new couches soon and I'll do that with the sheets...Storm is on the couch during the day and there's no reason I can't do MORE laundry...seriously at this point what's another load! lol. Zack's bedroom stays closed up during the day and is small with it's own powerful air purifier...we also changed the central air filter this weekend! Good thinking about the brooms and dry dusting!
Feb 09, 2009
zack'smom
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
and I have the Dyson Animal...best invention ever...I'm going to steam clean the carpets this weekend and then just vaccuum every day...my house is small...it'll take me five minutes!
Feb 09, 2009
abbysmom
Andrea: Mom to 3 crazy girls!
Jackie (3/01)
Payton (9/03)
Abby (4/06) Prevacid 7.5mg (evening), MSPI, goats milk (currently trying to wean off Prevacid)
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This is my favorite catalog/website for great allergy stuff. http://www.natlallergy.com/ Also we looked into getting an allergen filtration system through Trane http://www.trane.com/Residential/Products/air-filtration It wasn't too pricey. Plus, by the time you buy individual air purifiers it can add up.
Feb 09, 2009
slimfast13
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
Actually, my brother has severe allergies to dogs, but we grew up with them. Didn't do anything special really, though once he moved out of the house to college, we noticed his allergies were awful on breaks back home. So now we do what we can to sanitize when he comes to visit, which includes bathing the dog (BTW, I put a little Aveeno bath oil on my dog before the final rinse in her bath to keep the dander down), vacuuming the air intake and vents, changing the air filter, etc...I also use vinegar on the dog for the dander as well. Keeping wipes handy for after handling the animals helps as well. We also have sheets on the couch which I change weekly.
Feb 09, 2009
molson1525
Mary & Nicholas 7-17-03 (non-refluxer)allergies, asthma on Singulair and Flovent & Aidan 1-28-07(my refluxer)Nissen Fundoplication on June 20, 2008, FTT, MSPI, DGE, ear tubes, allergies and severe GERD now currently taking just Prevacid and drinking Elecare Vanilla 1+.
I hope you find something that works for you guys as I couldn't imagine giving away a furry family member either. Anyways, I just wanted to warn you to be very cautious with side effects of the Singulair if your allergist didn't warn you. It is a very strong drug and can have behavior altering side effects. My son takes it for asthma/allergies and everytime we see his Pulmo the doctor gives us the side effect lecture on it. So watch Z's behavior closely for changes. I personally think it is a better for asthma then allergies.
Feb 10, 2009
blueleopard
Pictured: G'mom w/3 kids. I'm mom to 1 angel Melissa (dec'd 11/92 - hypoplastic left-heart syn.)
2 healthy daughters (knock wood) Cory (16), Kim (11) & Eric (4) diagnosed with e.e. (scoped 8/08), GERD & severe food/seasonal allergies, asthma. Cried non-stop first 17 mths. of life Found out he is allergic to cow's milk, soy, eggs, and peanuts. Takes Prevacid, Neocate One Plus & Flovent.
Just wanted to say good luck with all that & I completely understand. I lost both my choc. labs in the past 3 yrs - one while pregnant with Eric & the other when Eric was about 1 1/2. Now that I know the extent of his allergies to EVERYTHING & that he has asthma, I'm scared to get another. But, it does make me really sad. I've always had a dog. Let us know how he does with all the cleaning. Are your air cleaners HEPA, how about your vacuum? I know that's really important. Did you take the carpet out of his room? I like the sheet on sofa idea....I wonder if leather is any better than fabric for dustmites, etc. El
Feb 10, 2009
zack'smom
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
leather is supposed to be better as you can simply wipe it clean, that's what we have now. Z's therapist came over today (she's usually doing therapy at daycare) and she was SHOCKED when I told her we had a cat...she said she is severely allergic and didn't feel a thing! I'm doing something right! Everything we have is Hepa...there are no changes yet (i'm a little impatient), but so far so good.
Feb 11, 2009
jordyn'smom
Erica
Jordyn 11/30/04 DX GERD at 1month old
I absolutely cannot blame you J is allergic to dogs and we have 5 of them I breed labrador retrievers and have recently started agility with a sheltie. We mad a compromise tho she wanted a cat since she is allergic to dogs(that dosent stop her from cuddling them tho) I am severley allergic to cats. My biggest issue is I keep the dogs well away from her sleeping areas but she loves to sneek the cat back to MY bed for cuddles. Another thing you might concider is adding oils to your dogs food you can buy them thru Drs foster and Smith it will help control dander by supplementing the skin and coat from the inside out. Also if you want to cut down from the outside we sometimes grease Momma Mocha with crisco Rub it down to the skin. Another thing to also remember is that a dogs saliva can also trigger the allergic reaction.
Check with your
doctor first!