A question for those with kids/toddlers on a daily antihistamine

Posted on: Tue, 02/25/2003 - 7:36am
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What antihistamine is your child taking? Is it in liquid or pill form? Do there seem to be any side effects?

My 2-1/2-year-old son's allergist wants him to take an antihistamine twice daily. Currently, he's taking Atarax. I'm wondering if there's something available with fewer side effects, though. (Sometimes it seems to make him a bit sleepy, though it does help his eczema a lot.)

Posted on: Tue, 02/25/2003 - 11:49am
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My dd is two and she takes 1/2 tsp Zyrtec at night. I never noticed she had any side affects. She does well with it. She has eczema but it is very mild, and it was before she was taking the Zyrtec so I am not sure that it is helping all that much on that front. I did read a study though that said that kids who were on a daily antihistamine for at least 18 months at a young age had a much lower rate of developing asthma later on. I am not one to take pills and such when they are not absolutely necessary and was considering stopping her Zyrtec, since her eczema was so mild and that's the main reason she is on it but after reading that article I decided that as long as she was not suffering any side affects I would do as the allergist recommended. She has been on it for 15 months now and we were to the allergist in January and she only gave me a script for three months, so I am thinking that maybe in the end of March when she goes back the allergist will want to take her off of it. We'll see. Good luck! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 02/25/2003 - 11:52am
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Greetings from a fellow FT-er, [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
My son takes Zyrtec once a day. It does not have the same "sleepiness" side effect (at least not with Matthew) as some other antihistamines. We too take it for his eczema. I can't tell you what a world of difference it makes! I hardly use the Protopic ointment since we started the Zyrtec. Before that we used it almost daily as well as doses of Benadryl for particularly bad days. I don't like medicating him each day but I'd rather use one medication on most days rather than 2.
It is in liquid form and does not taste badly at all.
Hope all is well!
Maddy
Matthew 20 months

Posted on: Tue, 02/25/2003 - 2:24pm
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My younger ds is on daily Zyrtec, and has been for almost 18 months. He was started on this by his allergist because of his brother's history and because his eczema just kept getting worse. It hasn't helped the eczema much, but statistics say it will reduce his chance of developing asthma by 50% and I figured one ds with asthma was enough...if I could prevent the other from getting it I would. HTH. Kristi

Posted on: Tue, 02/25/2003 - 9:01pm
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Ryan was on a half dose of liquid Claritin, but since it's now OTC, we switched to the adult dosage of the pills. A couple weeks ago I discovered Alavert, a cheaper type of Claritin from a different manufacturer, but the same active ingredient. Again, with that he's taking the adult dosage.
I haven't seen any noticeable side effects, even with changing to an adult dosage.

Posted on: Tue, 02/25/2003 - 11:29pm
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My eight year old dd takes 2 tsp. of Zyrtec every night before bed, for environmental allergies. I don't notice any side effects. She was on Claritin before, but was having some insomnia problems. The doctor switched her to Zyrtec because she said it can have a "calming" effect. I hadn't heard about the asthma decrease with anti-histimines; that's great news! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Wed, 02/26/2003 - 1:00am
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Manuel is 3 1/2 and takes 1 tsp of Zyrtec at night. It was prescribed for environmental allergies. He was having a "puffy face" reaction every morning and since the first week of the meds we haven't seen this reaction since. I have not noticed any adverse side effects at all. It hasn't helped his eczema, but his is 'moderate to severe'. Before the Zyrtec he took Atarax and I never noticed any changes with that either.
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Posted on: Wed, 02/26/2003 - 1:40am
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My dd also takes Atarax every day, twice a day. She just started a couple of months ago. It does make her sleepy and even though she's tired at night, she complains of not sleeping well. The benefits though have been great. She could never eat any fresh fruit or vegetables without getting the itchy mouth. She hasn't had that problem since taking the Atarax. We go back to the ped in a couple of weeks so he can monitor how she's doing on it.
Laureen

Posted on: Wed, 02/26/2003 - 6:44am
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I have two on daily antihistamines. Meagan was started on them at age 3yr. She started with Atarax, but it didn't seem to do a *thing* to control the itching for the eczema. We switched to 1 tsp of Zyrtec and that worked much better. Matt was put on 1 tsp of Zyrtec daily at 2.5yr for enviro allergies. For a time, I had better luck with it in terms of side effects when I gave it to them in the AM, as for some reason it was making them wild if I gave it to them at bedtime. It would keep them up for a good 2-3hr. This lasted about 2mo, since then there have been no side effects.
At 3.5yr we had to increase Matt's dosage to 2 tsp daily. And Meagan's was increased to 2 tsp about 3mo before her 5th birthday. Even with the increased dosages, I haven't noticed any side effects.
I don't like medicating the kids *all* the time, either, so I cut back on the Zyrtec when I can. For Meagan that means through most of the winter.
Unfortunely we've concluded that we *can't* take Matt off of it at all. Even in the middle of winter. I tried to twice this late fall/winter. Both times it resulted in Xopenex nebs all day long for several days in a row and a burst of oral steroids. I'd rather give him the Zyrtec, Singulair, and Nasonex every day than have to give him the Xopenex and oral steroids every time I turn around!

Posted on: Wed, 02/26/2003 - 10:01am
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My sons are 3 1/2 & they both take 1 tsp. of Zyrtec every night for environmental allergies. I tried stopping it a couple of times but within two days of not taking it a nasty nighttime cough would return.

Posted on: Wed, 02/26/2003 - 10:25am
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My 4-yo pa son takes 1 tsp Zyrtec nightly for environmental allergies. He has been on it for nearly a year. We have noticed no side-effects. Sometimes he is still bothered by stuffy nose/allergy eyes. His eczema is pretty mild most of the time. We have seen no noticeable change in his eczema since he started taking Zyrtec.

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