Crikey Child! What is wrong with your face?! – An Allergic Reaction

So this weekend both Mr Pud and I had to work so Pudding and Pie were left in the care of the grandparents. Now I don’t know who was most excited about this! Suffice to say the grandparents had lots planned and the kids looked like they were plotting a pretty amazing rampage of their own.


Off we went then 7am Sunday morning feeling more than a little miffed to be missing out on the fun. They all had a great day – and some lovely food at a local bistro. Mr Pud noticed when he rang at tea time that Pud had a red face. We put it down to teething and thought no more about it.
When we got back the kids were in bed. My mother in law mentioned that Pudding’s face was very red but that she was happy. I had a quick look at her in the cot but was initially unconcerned. After waving off the grandparents and assuring them all was fine we ordered a pizza ready to settle on the couch together. Mr Pud was a bit concerned about Pud so we decided to get her up and just check her for a rash anywhere else. We are meningitis neurotics any sight of a rash and I am getting glass out!
Well we woke her. She was chuffed to see us. I can only say I didn’t share her joy! My poor child looked like she had gone 5 rounds with Tyson!! Her face was bright red and her eyes were so swollen she could barely open her eyelids. Despite looking like something out of a horror movie she still smiled…

Even as nurses we were pretty shocked at how bad she looked. It was clear that she was having an allergic reaction to something. We got some input from one of our doctor friends and called the 111 NHS service. We were advised to take her into A&E. Inwardly I groaned, having already been at the hospital 13 hours this was the last thing I wanted to do. But dutifully I packed a bag and picked up my puffy Pud, I crossed the threshold as the pizza arrived!

A&E was manic as I knew it would be. Poor Pud had no idea what was going on. But despite being dragged out in the middle of the night she took it really well. She was smiling and waving at people. This was met with a mixture of horror and compassion. Poor little girl did look awful! Finally after a few hours we were seen, a quick dose of Piriton and we headed home. Tired but no worse for our little adventure.

This morning Pudding looks ok, apart from being angry about lack of sleep. A bit red-cheeked still but most of the swelling has gone down. It was scary was even with our backgrounds, we didn’t know if she would get any worse or what was causing her to have an allergic reaction. The cupboard is now stocked with Piriton and I am trying not to monitor every thing she eats or touches.

Ant one else experienced anything similar? How do you deal with allergic reactions?

Review of #Serenz Allergy Relief – Itchy Nose be Gone!

I recently responded to an advert looking for bloggers with allergies and general nasal irritation. Yes I know it’s not sexy to bang on about snotty noses. But my nose really is a source of constant consternation in my life. From as far back as I can remember I have always been a bit, well, on the snotty side!

When I was offered the chance to try Serenz I was a bit sceptical. I have tried various sprays for my nostrils including prescription steroids. But I though well what’s to lose right?
I was quietly impressed when I opened the box. The Serenz was like nothing I had seen before. It wasn’t a spray as such. Serenz is a carbon dioxide emitting nostril cleaner! That is the best way I can describe it.

How to use Serenz

You take the Serenz and activate it with a special key. You then place the nozzle in your nostril and breathe through your mouth. This is not an inhalation product. Press the button and it emits a puff of carbon dioxide into your nostril. Repeat for the other nostril. You can use the spray up to 6 times a day. Read more about Serenz on their website 

You are instructed to hold the button down on the Serenz for 10 seconds, in each nostril. For me the sensation of having carbon dioxide pumped into my nostrils was quite uncomfortable. I had to build up to 10 seconds over a couple of days. The first day I managed about a second! It still remains a strange sensation but I am getting used to it.

Does it work?

I would say I have seen an improvement. I can’t say that it is for sure the Serenz spray as I have not been suffering as much these last weeks. But it certainly makes my nostrils feel less itchy and there has been less congestion. Apparently it hasn’t improved my snoring…

I would certainly say if you have tried other things and to no avail the Serenz is worth a try. You can purchase Serenz Allergy relief spray online. Retailing at around £18 it’s quite pricey and does take some getting used too. But anything has to beat an itchy nose…

I was gifted the product to complete this review – all opinions contained within are my own. This is a sponsored post.