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Sedating antihistamines in children

For hay fever sufferers, antihistamines help stop runny nose, itching, and sneezing, but they have little effect on nasal congestion or stuffiness.

They control eczema when applied once a day, or even once a day, depending on the severity of the rash or even once a day if the rash is not severe.

Nasal sprays that contain a compound derived from cortisone have become the most effective form of treatment for patients with nasal allergy problems. These medications work best if used on a regular daily schedule, rather than with as-needed, interrupted dosing.

As with any medications, over-the-counter products should be used only with the advice of your child's doctor.

Cromolyn sodium is sometimes recommended to prevent nasal allergy symptoms.

Immunotherapy takes some time to work and demands patience and commitment.

The treatment is given by injecting gradually stronger doses of allergen extract once or twice a week at first, then at longer intervals—for example, once every 2 weeks, then every 3 weeks, and eventually every 4 weeks.

This medication can be used every day for chronic problems or just for a limited period when a child is likely to encounter allergens.