Not going to the doctor

My husband (Jed) is irritated with me for not taking our kids to the doctor. They have had runny noses and a cough that comes and goes for about a month now. Cormac has been sleeping like absolute hell and as you can imagine, it is taking its toll on all of us.

But I still don’t think that a doctor’s visit will help anything.

I think they have allergies. First I thought it was teething, then I know they both had some kind of bug (high fever for 1-2 days, cough, congestion, and a viral rash a few days later), and now I think that it’s the cottonwood trees. Or the mesquites. Or the fruit trees or pecans or whatever.

So I will give them some raw, local honey and continue to wipe their snotty noses and we will all sleep like shit until it’s over. Of course, after Jed was the one who dealt with Cormac’s epic coughing fit in the middle of the night he feels like we should take them to the doctor and the doctor (who is an idiot about intact penises so how can know anything worth a damn) will prescribe some magic drug that will let us all sleep again.

Of course, I think the doctor will look in their ears, charge us $40 (copay x2), argue with me about foreskin retraction, and prescribe local honey.

What is your experience with seasonal allergies and toddlers? We just moved to a scenic and pollen-filled canyon, so this is all new to us.



  1. Heather P. -  April 22, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    Yes it sounds very much like allergies. You can run a fever like you said with allergies. Honey is what I have always used. My hubby on the other hand had such bad allergies growing up in NM that he had an allerge shot every year. :-/

  2. kimberly -  April 22, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    Allergies suck! all they will do at the doctor is give you a persctiption for Zyrtec, Thats what mine did for Ben, we used it for about a week with the only change being him being super loopy if he woke in the middle of the night, we Use Claritin now, but I dont think they can use it under the age of two without a persctiption 🙁 try to get them in the shower right after they come inside to rinse the allergens off, thats the thing thats helped the most, Im sorry your sealing with the yucks! hopefully it passes soon!!

  3. Christina -  April 23, 2013 - 8:25 am

    I had a nutritionist suggest eliminating dairy when I’m having seasonal allergies. I tried it for a little while and I noticed an immediate difference (and I have no known dairy allergies). Definitely worth looking in to.

  4. Arlene Kalmbach -  April 23, 2013 - 9:56 am

    We’re in the same boat. 🙁 And we’ve done the zyrtec, sparingly. TONS of local honey, steam baths with eucalyptus oil, humidifier, pillow under one side of the crib mattress to help with drainage, vicks on the feet, praying for a good rain to wash away the pollen, etc. I believe in home remedies a bunch but you’d be shocked at the amount of very local (try next door) honey we we consume and I don’t see much change (of course the argument could be made that it would be much worse w/o it). The one thing I don’t do is limit exposure. We are outside all the time. That’s the life we live and I also hope there may be some immune building going on with the exposure but who knows. I have taken them in to be listened to by the doc to make sure it’s not settling into their chests and setting up a secondary infection that I don’t want to deal with. Best of luck! You’re not alone in this! The only point at which I allow them to treat with antibiotics is if green discharge is coming from their eyes b/c that’s when a secondary sinus infection has set in (according to our semi-crunchy pedi).

  5. Heidi -  April 23, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    From being trapped inside all summer we learned the kids are allergic to our dog (awesome right?) so we had to spend quite a bit of money on humidifiers, air filtration systems and dealing with crabby kids.

  6. Joy -  April 23, 2013 - 2:44 pm

    I second cutting out all dairy. It has been night and day for us.

  7. Kierstan -  April 23, 2013 - 10:21 pm

    Chiropractor, acupuncture, naturopath, homeopath, or cranialsacral therapist- one of those should be bound to help you 🙂

  8. Angela -  April 24, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    I agree with the chiropractor comment made by someone else. My 6 month old was diagnosed with RSV the week after he started daycare. After 2 months of my baby being sick with cough, runny/stopped up nose and many sleepless nights AND 3 pointless trips to the Dr., I took him to a Natural Health chiropractor and after 2 adjustments he amazingly started getting better. Now any time a cough starts coming on, we go to the Chiro. However…he started running fever a week ago and had yellow snot so I took him to get his ears checked (call it moms intuition) and he had an ear infection and put baby on antibiotics. I have a friend who took her toddler with an ear infection to our Chiro and after an adjustment, it cleared right up. I’d definitely recommend it.

  9. JennieP -  April 25, 2013 - 11:40 am

    Allergies can be brutal, but I would definitely have a visit to the doctor to rule out bronchitis or an infection- both of which can happen after a cold or because of allergies. Sorry, but you prob wouldn’t like coughing and not sleeping well for that long- why would you let your kids? Worst case you spent $80 to find out what your kids are allergic to- doesn’t sound like a bad deal to me.

  10. Angela -  April 25, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    As much as I’m for going to the Chiro, as I mentioned yesterday, honestly I would take my kids to the Dr if they had been suffering this long. I don’t mean to contradict anything I said previously because I do feel the Chiro can help sometimes.

  11. Thebugandbird -  April 27, 2013 - 1:08 am

    My 2yr old son has my terrible allergies. Tree pollen is really high where we live right now. We are having luck with a humidifier at night, essential oils in the bath and lots if gooey organic lotion. Our Doc recommended 3mL of Zyrtec and we tried it today for the first time. Meh. No miracles. I would recommend to all moms to but an otoscope and become familiar with your child’s ears. I like to be the first one to know if my little one has an ear infection or swollen sore throat.
    You are doing great Jessica. Stay strong!

  12. Lindsay -  April 27, 2013 - 2:24 am

    I have no experience of allergies, but like you I’m not one for rushing to the doctor at the first sign of a sniffle. However, Alex had been coughing for getting on 3 weeks so I finally took him. Turns out he has a chest infection. I felt bad for not taking him sooner but I thought I was doing the right thing by trying to let his body fight it.

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