Even given at bedtime, sedating antihistamines' adverse effects may not always have disappeared by the morning.
In contrast to the depressive effects they cause, young children may experience stimulatory effects, such as irritability, excitation, hyperactivity or insomnia.
And before you all get started on why I choose to drag my offspring to far-flung corners of the Earth, let me explain that they have a grandfather in Fiji (a 28-hour flight) and a grandmother in Canada (an 11-hour flight). So ever since that first overseas flight with Flo, I have clutched my bottle of over-the-counter antihistamine tighter than my passport.
Excessive doses in children have led to respiratory depression, coma and death.But many mothers, like me, believe it’s common sense.The rights and wrongs of sedating babies on long-haul flights is a controversial war that is being waged on internet parenting forums, fuelled by the huge rise in families seeking long-haul destinations over Easter in the desperate search for sun.It was what was going to save me from a lynching at 37,000 ft.Who would have thought that for many people, this simple decision to sedate my daughter with an antihistamine was a dangerous abuse of my parental power?ABSTRACT QUESTION Many of my pregnant and breastfeeding patients suffer from allergies and frequently ask me about the safety of antihistamines during pregnancy and breastfeeding.Should I advise them to use the older sedating medications?In this review we discuss the indications for use, as well as efficacy and safety of both old and newer antihistamines for the paediatric population. Although carefully collected, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Differing provisions from the publisher's actual policy or licence agreement may be applicable.In order to use Medscape, your browser must be set to accept cookies delivered by the Medscape site.Eliminating sedative and cognitive effects is crucial in both children and adults. (30) Consequently, non-sedating antihistamines such as Claritin Kids, are a preferable and safer choice for treating allergic rhinitis and skin itch and hives in children.