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Hi friends!
Children's Allegra® and BlogHer have asked me to share how I, the mother of children with allergies, have learned over time to distinguish a run-of-the-mill cold from allergies and how using Children's Allegra has helped us to combat the latter! I was compensated for this post but the opinions here are my own.

My kids are 5 and 3 so I've been at this for a few years, I'm hoping that maybe this could help some of you just getting started! :) Of course, I'm not a doctor so if your child is exhibiting severe symptoms or you have general questions, you should consult one.

While we don't know specifically what indoor or outdoor allergens my boys, (mostly Moses but Aaron to some extent), are allergic to, we have learned there are certain times of the year they are more susceptible to the symptoms that plague them.  Spring is prime allergy season for both boys, though Fall brings about another bout of symptoms. Humid Summer and dry Winter air are generally good to us.

Thus, for us, the time of year is the number one sign that they may be suffering from allergies and not a cold!

We can also count on allergies to not bring a fever, stomach issues or bathroom issues.
For us, the most common allergy symptoms are runny noses, "nose twitching" (from it being itchy), and dark eye circles from eye rubbing for Moses.
The great news is that we can live with allergies thanks to Children's Allegra!

As you know, I have boys.  Active boys.  Boys who run and jump, who scream and yell, who play and skip and everything in between...all before 7 a.m.  There aren't many moments outside of sleep where my boys are still. The only things that slow them down are allergies and illness.  It stinks to see their pep stolen by runny, itchy noses and eyes. They aren't in real school yet, but there are definitely days where their allergies get in the way of what they may have wanted to do.  I'm sure if they were in school, bothersome symptoms could have a drastic effect on their grades and overall performance. I see them get distracted, irritated, and lethargic when their allergy symptoms are bothering them the most.

Allergies definitely affect their sleep, too...runny noses equal lots of sniffling, coughing and nose-wiping in my house. Restless nights don't stop them, but they sure slow them down.
They love life, and I want to do anything I can to help them continue on with their joyful life as normal! Kids are only kids once. I don’t want to let allergies rob them of it.
Children’s Allegra relieves kids' toughest symptoms (runny nose, itchy watery eyes, and itchy nose and throat), and does so safely (of course, read all the Drug Facts on the label before using to make sure it's a fit for your child). As their mom I want to be sure that what I'm giving my boys is safe for their growing bodies! It also makes me glad that not only is Children's Allegra effective, but it's also long-lasting (one dose lasts a full 12 hours), and non-drowsy. Right now you can get a coupon to try Children's Allegra for your child.
Thanks to children's allergy products like Children's Allegra , my boys are given a chance to get back in the game, forget about their allergies and worry about important things like climbing trees and building forts.
By providing 12 hours of relief, Children's Allegra helps them to get through the day whether it includes preschool, play dates, or sports. It helps them do the things they love and allows them to get a good night's rest, too!

It's safe and effective at relieving a wide range of symptoms. Children's Allegra helps to tame the itchy eyes and noses, so their worst symptoms fall into the background of their day.
It's definitely a tool I am grateful to have at my disposal. More than anything I want my kids to just be kids and not worry about how they are feeling or if their noses are annoying them.

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Janna said...

I use BOIRON or other homeopathics usually. At times I've needed to use eye wash and Clariton a few times for my son's spring allergies.

Amanda said...

Crystal, I just started following this blog and have been reading it for hours on end while at work (I am a 911 dispatcher so I don't really "go looking for work" :) In my down time I search the internet for crafts ideas, etc). I came across your blog from Pinterest and LOVE it! Thank you for being you. I have really it so far.

Stasha said...

We use local honey. (available at farmers' markets and local beekeepers)

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Kari said...

Allegra is our choice too for our almost 5 year old. This spring she had a terrible bout that she couldnt shake and the doctor prescribed us Claritin daily since the Allegra wasn't working well.
I grew up with terrible allergies and even took allergy shots for several years. Really hope we arent headed down that road, but whatever it takes for my girly to feel better. It seems that building the immunity up to all the allergens worked for me - I have only had a couple years that my allergies have bothered me.
I feel ya momma!

Kari said...

I tweeted!/KariSmithPhoto/status/197252214882967552

Kari said...

My girly suffers from seasonal allergies too :( This year has been exceptionally worse. She had a bout this spring that she couldn't shake, despite our giving Allegra and using simply saline and a humidifier. After several trips to the doctor - mainly trying to convince him her allergies are real, she now takes a daily dose of claritin and nasonex. It seems to help as long as I give it to her daily (no breaks here I found out the hard way)

Seeking a pediatric allergist is next on our list, but not sure exactly what all that will entail for her. I know for me it meant allergy shots for years. However I haven't had major allergy issues for 15+ years :)

Mami2jcn said...

My son is an allergy sufferer. He has had many appointments with an allergist and he's on both prescription and over-the-counter meds. He will eventually need allergy shots. If we miss even one dose of his medicine, he gets really congested.

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sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) said...

We actually use Allegra for allergies and love it! We are lucky that the kids only need it when the pollen is bad in the spring and the mold count is high in the fall.

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Thank you!

Joy Morris said...

Both of my boys (4,2) have allergies. My oldest has outdoor allergies that mostly affect him in the spring and fall. We take Zyrtec daily (even in the non-allergy season, more during allergy season). If he doesn't take it, he will break out with eczema all over. Because he has to take it year around, I wonder if he's allergic to more things.

My youngest has confirmed food allergies (dairy and peanut), but I think he also has more. He's started taking Zyrtec daily and it's helped his skin and other allergy symptoms.

I like Zyrtec because it's 24 hours and is what the doctor recommended, but I don't feel particularly informed. I wonder what the differences are between Allegra and Zyrtec (do they both treat the same type of allergies? Should one be used more often? What is the difference between them?)

JC said...

We always do Spring cleaning to get ready for allergy season, and also over-the-counter medicines to help.
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Elena said...

I stock up on OTC allergy pills to make sure we have it on hand when needed

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mollie @ momconformist said...

I've only used Claritin for my two, but looks like Allegra is a good one, too!!

Angie said...

I think a neti pot helps with spring allergies.

Melissa said...

You have described exactly what we've been going through with my three year old daughter.

We run a cool mist humidifier every night in her room and when she's suffering the worst, use Vicks on her chest and back. We also use Allegra.

We don't have to do this all of the time, but at the first sniffles we start our routine!

Rosa said...

Claritin works for me, when I get allergic attacks.

Courtney B said...

we visit the allergy doctor a lot to check for new allergies, and we monitor her closely

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Jamie said...

My son has extreme seasonal allergies and only thing that works is benadryl. i will give him zyrtec every once in awhile if allergies occur daily but only want to give him benadryl when really bad.
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Tj And Amy said...

yes I think my children could use it.

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charlottemedia said...

Thankfully my boy is only a year old and has no allergies! But i grew up on allegra

Jessica said...

I don't have kids, but I know my sister makes my nieces eat local honey and it keeps them under control

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Jessica said...

I tweeted too!/jrwarfield/status/199303360703242240

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