Allergy Relief on the Horizon for Infants - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/20/03

Allergy Relief on the Horizon for Infants

Millions of adults know what it's like to suffer from allergies. You may even recognize the warning signs. You can take medication early to get faster relief. But imagine the frustration for a baby who can't even talk much less take control of an allergy.

There have been no clinically tested medications to help infants, until now. The FDA recently approved the first prescription anti-histamine for little ones. It's Zyrtec. You've probably heard of that. Well, now it's approved for babies as young as six months and it's bringing relief to their parents as well.

"We can give them something that's been tested, we know the dose that will be effective and safe for that individual and not have to worry about over and under-dosing with over the counter medications," says Dr. Roby Enright, an Allergist.

"She doesn't have the constant itching in her face. She's not swelling up. Her eyes aren't swelling up," said Jefferlyn Harper, a mother.

Dr. Enright says it's easy to confuse colds and allergies in young children. But, he says, consider the family history. If one of the parents, a grand parent or an aunt or uncle has allergies, the child is at increased risk of developing them, too. If you're unsure about repeated colds, you can always have your baby tested in an allergist's office to know for sure.

Zyrtec is a prescription drug with no serious side effects. However, the FDA says babies taking the drug may show signs of drowsiness or irritability.

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