We are an allergy family. Not terrible allergies, mind you, if you don’t count my eldest child’s deadly peanut allergy, but we all seem to suffer from mild to moderate nasal allergies to the usual things—seasonal allergies, the standard dust allergy and for my husband, a mild allergy to cat dander.
We all use various remedies for said allergies but my 6 year old son’s allergies and chronic sinus headaches have proven the most elusive to treat. His doctors seem very blasé about the whole thing and to be honest, I’ve resisted taking him to an allergist because I know what will come next…ALLERGY TESTING.
Blech! I’ve had it done and it did nothing to solve my allergies since the treatment is basically the same anyway…antihistamines, pseudoephedrine and sinus flushing.
But my little guy’s headaches break my heart. He was getting them just about every day in the spring and he was miserable. I’d been giving him Benadryl at night, as recommended by his pediatrician and it was working to a certain degree but then something weird started happening. Instead of being drowsy from the Benadryl, he started sleeping poorly. He’d be restless, yelling and thrashing around in his sleep all night long and then be a huge grouch the next day. Treatment FAIL!
Then, a few months ago, I had a chance to get some free samples of Children’s Claritin and I accepted the offer.
To be honest, I didn’t have any great expectations but we tried the Children’s Claritin, which hasn’t had any noticeable side effects so far, and as long as he gets it regularly, his headaches have disappeared along with his nightime coughs and as he calls it, the “gunky throat.” You have no idea how happy this makes both him and me.
The Children’s Claritin is working so much better for him and since it’s available without a prescription, it’s easy to get at any drugstore or supermarket. This makes me wonder why our pediatrician didn’t recommend Children’s Claritin instead of Benadryl.
For us, it’s been the best solution by far for my son’s allergies and headaches. I recommend the chewable grape-flavored tabs. My son likes those better than the liquid and kids can take them without water if necessary. Treatment WIN!