Zyrtec for kids under 2 ?

Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 11:03am
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I am curious to know if you are giving or have given Zyrtec to your child under 2 years of age ?
We recently met a new allergist for second opinions for our 16 month olds food allergies and he prescribed a daily dose of Zyrtec. However Zyrtec doesn't have doseage recommendations for kids under 2 so curious if anyone has been regularly giving it to their small kids and how they felt about it.

Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 11:11am
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Yes my kids have been on zyrtec under the age of two..as far as dosage I can't remember. All three take 10 mg. of it daily now, they used to take 5, but due to their high grass allergy they need a higher dosage of the 10 mg. It works great!

Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 12:12pm
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Yes! My son was taking Zyrtec when he was 6 months old(can't remember dosage) but it just wouldn't work for him so he now takes Claritin. My daughter (who is now 3 1/2 yrs.) has taken Zyrtec off and on since 2 1/2 but doesn't need it regularly. Hope this helps a little. tkiaml

Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 3:02pm
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My son is 2 1/2 and has been on zyrtec for a 1 1/2 yrs. He was taking 3/4 tsp once daily and now takes 1 tsp. It works great.

Posted on: Sat, 07/29/2000 - 9:02am
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Am I correct in assuming that giving a daily dose means that its potency will reduce over time and either the dosage will have to go up or we'll have to switch to something more potent ??

Posted on: Sat, 07/29/2000 - 10:59am
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my son also started taking zyrtec before he was 1 year old. i beleive he took 1/2 teaspoon. he doesnt take it daily,and i beleive that his dosage would be higher now that he is 18 months, i beleive the dosage is determined by weight.

Posted on: Sat, 07/29/2000 - 1:49pm
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My son just started on Zyrtec a couple of months ago. We were instructed to give it to him every night. When I asked, "For how long?" They said, "Forever." I don't agree with this but I see a major difference if I happen to "forget" to give it to him. The next day he wakes up with very puffy eyes. He also experiences coughing attacks that can last for up to 2 hours. However, if he has the Zyrtec then he doesn't experience the coughing attacks as much. He is four years old, weighs 39 lbs, and takes 1 tsp. a night.

Posted on: Sat, 07/29/2000 - 1:59pm
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My son, now 10, has been on Zyrtec for at least 2 years. He really needs it. He will wake up very congested, coughing, etc. if he hasn't had it the night before. My Dr. said to just think of it as necessary for him... as necessary as Insulin for someone who is diabetic. When he put it that way, it made me understand and feel better about him needing it on a daily basis. He takes 2 teaspoons daily.

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2000 - 5:04am
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My son was 15 months old when prescribed Zyrtec three months ago. The allergist said to give between 1/4 and 1/2 of a teaspoon once a day. His weight at the time was 25 lbs.

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2000 - 10:58pm
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Both of my kids take Zyrtec. Not for PA but for nazal allergies. My daughter was 6 mos when she started on it and took 1/2 tsp. No problems for either child. The medicine is wonderful.

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 1:50am
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I agree the medicine works great. My daughter was prescribed it for environmental allergies. However, after two months of taking we we noticed a stark change in her behaviour. Very moody, cranky, out of sorts. We were told by our ped. allergist that it would have no behavioural effects. Well, a few days after discontinuing it, she was back to her old self. We just give her benadryl at night now if she is a little stuffy. My sister in law notices the same thing in her son and said her friends have commented on it as well. I wish it didnt affect my daughter like that as it really works great for sinus, dripping, cough from drips, etc.

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