Something to Sneeze About #OTCSafety

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If there is one thing my family knows too well (and wishes we didn’t) is Allergies.  We’re not just talking Marcus’ well known food allergies, but seasonal allergies that plague our entire family.  Everyone’s got allergies.  In fact, Allergies are the 3rd most common chronic disease among children!

What’s almost laughable is that each member has their own set of allergies set off entirely by different triggers than the next person!  My seasonal allergies are at its worst come fall.  I still haven’t pinpointed it exactly, but when the weather changes from summer to fall, my skin starts, for a period to be increasingly irritable, and most annoyingly itchy inside my nose in a place so far back I can’t reach… I just know its back there.  For my husband, he’s got it worst come spring time and while it’s hardly feeling like spring right now, this yo-yo-ing weather is causing allergy havoc on him now.

Marcus, of course, also has seasonal allergies.   Children with severe food allergies are more likely to have seasonal allergies and develop asthma.  So for our family allergies are an ongoing battle.  Because Marcus is only 4 years old, we are diligent in working with his doctors to come up with a relief plan that works and is safe for him.  It’s safe to say that we probably have tried every OTC allergy medication on the market, all under the supervision of his doctors.  If you believe your child is suffering from allergies, consult with your doctor to come up with a plan that provides adequate relief while still being safe for your child.  Note and let your doctor know of any current medications your child is on and any noticed side effects or behavioral changes  as some medications are known to cause excitability or nervousness.  Some medications are not recommended for long-term use, if symptoms seem to be persistent, speak to your doctor and re-evaluate if you should continue with the plan or revise.  Marcus was prescribed a cortico-steroid medication which made him very hyperactive.  While this medication was used seasonally and discontinued after a few weeks of usage, at one point we found ourselves still using albuterol daily to treat worsening symptoms.  We learned that the medication he was on, was no longer effective for his symptoms and with the additional need for daily albuterol treatments, we were able to re-evaluate with his doctors and come up with a safer plan that also left him less hyperactive.

Whatever your plan may be, please remember never to use Allergy medications like diphenhydramine to sedate or put a child to sleep.  For more information on Allergies, please visit: http://otcsafety.org/en/treatments/allergy-medicines/

{ disclosure:  I am an OTC Safety Ambassador, as always, opinions expressed here are my very own! True stories about True Allergies! }