Skip to comments.Advice new dog causes allergy reaction to toddler
Posted on 03/05/2014 6:32:43 PM PST by mojo114
Toddler gets allergic reaction to new Chocolate Lab puppy. The child loves the dog and the dog is a great dog.
Please hold off on snarky comments. Just asking all you dear FReepers if you have had issues like this and how did it end up.
Thanks, I couldn’t remember who held the honor of doggie ping list!
If its just a mild allergic reaction the child may build up an immunity but obviously consulting a doctor is the way to go.
I was allergic to baby chicks when I was little but I couldn’t leave them alone and got used to them.
Has the toddler been around any dogs before even a little bit?
The dog is going to have to go.
Thanks, it does appear to be mild. albeit upsetting. Hoping time will settle this issue.
The child will be in misery around that dog.
Bathe the puppy as frequently as possible and limit the toddler’s exposure to the puppy’s bedding.
Well, you have a very difficult choice to make. Which do you like more? The very expensive child or the cute puppy?
Yes been around dogs and cats for short periods of time. Reaction the same with them also.
You could try over-the-counter allergy meds to see if that is enough to ease the symptoms, and see if the child gets over the reaction. I developed a pretty bad allergy to cats when I was younger. Stayed away from them for years, but then I spent some time at a friend’s house who had a cat, and he gave me some Claritin that worked wonders. After having spent some time around that cat, with the help of antihistamines, I have never had much of a reaction to any others.
It could go either way though. Often, exposure just makes allergies worse, but it can also build up a resistance. I think the key might be that the exposure needs to be sporadic, like allergists do when they treat allergies by exposing people to small doses occasionally. So, maybe keep the dog outside the house and only allow the child to play with it once in a while, to see if that helps?
You don’t build up an immunity. Lowering the histamine load with drugs can help a bit, but the sure fire solution here is avoidance.
Parents are extremely aware of the situation and are already trying to find someone to take the puppy.
might have to consider a hypoallergenic pooch, like a poodle.
a standard is a large athletic and affectionate family dog as a lab, good with kids.
“Parents are extremely aware of the situation and are already trying to find someone to take the puppy.”
Really?? They are keeping the kid and not the puppy? Do they have any idea how expensive a kid is to raise today?
Perhaps it’s a chocolate allergy? Maybe a yellow (butterscotch) lab would work?
Call the police!!! They’ll take care of bidness without you having to say a word since police just loooooooooooooooove doggies.
hahahaha... that made me laugh aloud :)
we got rid of the dog... to a nice home where it was well loved and no one had allergies
there’s a certain breed of dog that gives no allergic reactions to those afflicted with such reactions.
I forget the breed name but my neighbors have two of them.
do they live near me???
From [much] personal experience I can attest that a fifteen year old dog is considerably lower maintenance than a fifteen year-old human...
Studies suggest hypoallergenic cats and dogs can cause just as many symptoms as the regular kind, says James Seltzer, MD, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Thats because skin and saliva proteins, not just hair, trigger allergy symptoms.
The only pets proven to be hypoallergenic have scaly skinlike iguanas and snakes, he says.
The dog's own grooming habits have more to do with it than anything else, because contrary to popular belief, most humans are not allergic to fur, but to enzymes in the dog's saliva. That's why more people are allergic to cats, who police themselves more. Yorkies and Poodles are generally high on the list of "hypoallergenic" dogs. A lot of people severely allergic to other cat breeds can tolerate Maine coons.
But the only thing you can really do is buy the dog and see...
You don’t have your State on your Homepage so I don’t know. The puppy is in Connecticut.
Trade the lab for a poodle.
Getting a doctor’s opinion is excellent advice. Also check for allergies to something the dog may be getting into. He may not be allergic to the dog, but to something on the dog (flea powder, dog shampoo, pollen the dog picked up on it’s walk, etc.) If it’s only when the dog licks him, maybe there’s something in the dog’s food, which would be in the dog’s saliva, that is triggering a reaction.
Get a non-allergenic dog.
Hubby had a reaction to one dog we wanted. We couldn’t get it. We found a poodle mix that hubby has been good with.
Hi, will take your advice. The owners had picked up the puppy yesterday. They gave the dog a bath last night. Owners are new dog owners and are concerned with the toddler’s reaction. Though my Westie also gives the child an allergic reaction. Not severe but the little one’s eyes get puffy. Everyone is so concerned over this as the dog is a sweet lab puppy and the child loves the dog. They are looking for a new owner for the Chocolate Labrador.
try a labra-doodle or a golden doodle hyper -allergenic and they don’t shed
Beagles are also hypo-allergenic, no undercoat, no dander. The temperament of a big dog in a smaller body, and great with kids.
But I don’t know that you have to give up on that dog. I’m highly allergic to pets, especially cats, but I can tell you that over time you do become desensitized to your particular pet. The done it several times.
Get rid of the kid
To be blunt, there’s no such thing as a “hypoallergenic dog/cat” no matter what somebody tells you.
The allergen is in the saliva and unless you get a totally dry-mouthed animal, it ain’t gonna happen.
I had masked allergies to hays for *decades* and never knew it until I came back home and was near the horses again.
Wouldn’t have traded my growing up with the horses for a non-stuffy nose for a million bucks.
Get the kid a Boa.
*Anybody* can have a dog.
That was not serious
No such thing as a hypoallergenic dog.
See post #40.
Speaking as a life long allergy sufferer I have to say get rid of the dog. Since your child is young he may out grow his dog and cat allergy. I say this with a heavy heart because I know how much joy dogs and cats can add to his life.
depends on how bad things are.
try to avoid snuggling with the pup, and keeping the pup out of your kids bedroom.
wash hands after petting the dog
vacuum frequently with a vac with a hepafilter
consider a hepafilter air cleaner for the kid’s room
if all of those don’t improve things, then you may have a tough choice to make. don’t know what the impact of allergy medicine is on a toddler, or if there are allergy shots recommended for toddlers - I’d ask the Doc
I don’t know about not building up a tolerance (not immunity). I’m horribly allergic to cats, but after almost years with the monster herd (a mamma who gave us 4 kittens that we kept) I’m doing better.
1) lots of vacuuming
2) limit where the dog goes, especially to the child’s bedroom. Have areas of he house where the child can go that are dog hair free.
Very limited exposure, with amounts building over time. They are now treating kids with peanut allergies by giving them peanuts every day, starting with extremely small amounts that gradually increase over time. (according to my allergy doctor.)
four years with the monster herd
My granddaughter is allergic to cats, dogs, goats, cattle and who knows what else. The only solution besides 24/7 allergy medicine that we’ve found is a poodle.
I think that is untrue. I think it would be true to say that some allergies cannot be mitigated. But not all and certainly not in children.
Many children outgrow childhood allergies.
I have had some experiences with that personally, but everyone does not react the same or have the same reactions.
Recently there was a paper on the peanut allergy that as most know can be fatal. In this case they introduced peanuts to a child in very small micro amounts under medical supervision. They actually were able to fix the problem.
Works in pets too. I have a weinerdog that was allergic to a particular flea chemical. But without it, in the south, he was being eaten by them as well as mites..So finally I had to do something so I went to the farm supply store and bought a bottle of the chemical. I diluted it into a spray using 1/8 teaspoon to 10 ounces of water...sprayed him, and no reaction....raised the amount to 1/4 teas. and I got a hive breakout so I backed it off to the 1/8 and continued for two weeks...spraying him everyday. Long story short, within 3 months I had increased the dose to the level of a flea bath mix and then applied the monthly flea application that is 50% Permethrine, and he now has no problem with the chemical..
Having said all that, I would limit the contact with the puppy. Just having the dog in the house should give enough exposure and if that is too much, you might think about not having a pet until he stops showing allergy signs. As the child will certainly come into contact with many pets over time...and some Diphenhydromine would be helpful. (benadril) But be careful with it....it will put then to sleep....they have a dose for kids, or did....(long time since having kids around)
A person can’t build up an immunity from uncontrolled casual exposure. If that were true, allergies wouldn’t be a problem. However it is possible for some to do it gradually and in precise steps through a lengthy series of allergy shots. Growing out of an allergy is unlikely, but sensitivity with age can change, and more likely a person learns to avoid or limit exposure as they grow older.
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