The “non-sedating” class of anti-histamines has been in use for many years, and there is plenty of safety data on these. In addition, since these became “over-the-counter”, millions more have started using them. I think there is enough experience with these medications that I am not worried about long term use in kids. Since you have tried just about everything, go with what has worked. Children with allergies, like yours, have an increased risk of developing asthma, and there was a study a few years back that showed using one of these anti-histamines long-term, could reduce this risk significantly in these children.
2 more suggestions:
- Your child developed these food allergies (egg whites, dairy, peanuts) before he should have started eating these foods. So, it is likely that he developed these allergies because he was getting them through your breast milk. With your NEXT child, I would highly recommend that you keep these out of your diet, especially peanuts.
- I have many patients like your son whose chronic allergy symptoms have improved dramatically after taking the fruit and vegetable supplement called Juice Plus. One of the benefits of eating a variety of fruits and veggies is a healthy, regulated immune system. Allergies, like your son’s, are the result of an “out of balance” immune system. Click here for more JP information.