I'm after some advice from parents who have kids needing to take daily antihistamines long term.
What allergy/ies is it for (if you can pin it down)?
What are the side effects? Long term impact?
Was it a GP or allergy specialist who started your child on it?
I'm still struggling to find a good local GP, so like to go in with some knowledge ahead of time.
Back story. 2yo DS has been sick a LOT. Constant croup, colds, viruses etc. More than the 'daycare kid' statistical average. Last winter a GP suggested trying Aerius for a few weeks to see if allergies were a problem. It made no difference.
Fast forward to this year, I'm at the chemist getting my telfast and notice there is a kids one that DS is now old enough to take. I ask the pharmacist if aerius is like telfast and he says no, aerius is more like claratyne. Weeeeelllll, claratyne has never done squat for my hay fever, so perhaps that's why the aerius didn't work. I decide to try DS on telfast.
I've just been giving him a small dose but in the month since he started, he has only been sick once (cough started on the day I missed his dose). This is a massive improvement for the middle of winter, plus DH and DD caught influenza B in that time and DS and I both didn't catch it!
So I'm feeling like I'm onto something here. But where to next? An allergy specialist? Just keep giving telfast? Sadly I have little faith in the GPs I can see so I'm calling on bubhub wisdom here!