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!
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02-07-2015 12:39 #1
Ongoing antihistamine use
02-07-2015 15:03 #2Senior Member
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My 12yo is on antihistamines long term. Has been for many many years. For chronic and severe hayfever. He has been on various ones; the first few were recommended either by various pharmacists or GP's. Orally: we started with liquids; Claratyne (mildly effective), Aerius (quite effective). Then in the last year or two we've moved to Zyrtec tablets which are great. I *think* this was recommended by the allergist. She's also started him on Singulair which has had good results.
Nasally, he uses long term corticosteroid sprays. And daily sinus flushes. Lots of meds for him!
My other son also used oral antihistamines for a few months for eczema, either Phenergan or Aerius, depending on the time of day I gave it.
So anyhoo, you probably didn't need the long story, but yes, my child is on allergy medication long term with no ill effects.
However I must say that I wouldn't be willing to self administer allergy meds in an effort to reduce colds. Doesn't quite add up to me and I would want the help of a medical professional in investigating why he has so many colds.
Personally I would recommend shopping around for a GP. If you want an allergist, go for it, but IME they have a mega long wait and are expensive, and I'd really only seek one out for long term or severe allergies.
I would be thinking that your child just needs to build up his immune system, and that perhaps the month you've been giving him Telfast and he's been well, could just be coincidental. It's too early to tell IMO.
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02-07-2015 17:47 #3
Thanks for sharing your experience - quite a regimen of meds you need there!!
I tried it because I notice I get sick easily if I have untreated hay fever. I don't know if it's an immune thing or the extra mucous drip just makes my sinuses and throat raw/exposed to bugs.
I have been trying to get answers about how sick he's been getting but continue to be brushed off with it all being because he is at daycare. Still shopping around for a good GP for sure!
02-07-2015 18:11 #4
My almost 12 year old is on long term allergy meds.
She has been on oral meds, nasal sprays, and eye drops due to allergic conjunctivitis. Poor kid has been through the ringer. She's also on ventolin and a preventer puffer. She's perfectly fine on these meds long term and honestly we have no other option. At the moment she's taking an oral antihistamine called Fexo 180, it's a much cheaper generic brand. Honestly this kid is expensive to maintain hahaha.
As above though, unless your child has an actual, diagnosed allergy, I wouldn't be medicating him, especially without a doctor keeping an eye on things. You could end up masking something that is really going on, and hey, who wants to be on meds all the time if you don't actually need to be. Your child may just be one of those unlucky ones who do cop a lot of bugs from daycare.
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