Debi - posted on 05/27/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
I have a 2yo with mystery allergies/intolerances (waiting on results from blood test). His symptoms are not life-threatening but they cause the entire family a lot of grief and lost sleep: eczema and hives/itching attacks that lead to screaming and crying in the middle of the night.
We apply hydrocortizone cream on his hives and sometimes give him Benadryl when it's really bad (if he'll take it ... often he's too upset to drink it). Our pediatrician recently told us to give him Claritin, which we've been trying but I don't really see results. And to our observation his allergies are food-related, not respiratory.
I worry about over-medicating him. Sometimes we're putting the hydrocortizone on every night for several nights in a row. And I'm not sure when I should give him Claritin ... every day? For how long? I don't think it's supposed to work immediately the way Benadryl does, right?
Your thoughts/experiences welcome. Thanks.