When my son was an infant we were told he had reflux, later that year we were told he also had asthma and were given a daily treatment for him with an inhaler. I did my own research and found out he was actually having a reaction to dairy, once I cut out milk his symptoms cleared up.
Now he's 5...he has never been on an antibiotic, never had an ear infection, never had a serious illness, and has no known allergies. Once the cold weather started up it seems he acquired this continuous dry cough (this seems to be a yearly ongoing thing). It's periodic throughout the day but mainly bothers him at nap, bedtime and in the morning (i.e. when he lays down). There isn't any phelm (because as a mother I'm always saying SPIT IT OUT), but more of an irritation.
His well check was last week and I mentioned this coughing and his pediatrician said it sounds like it's allergies then asked if we have a cat who likes to visit our son at nighttime. Well, we have two cats but we've always had two cats so I would hate to say it'd be that...yes I know children can develop allergies to pets but I would think since he lugs them around everywhere, all day long, he'd have more of a reaction during that time than just at night.
My pediatrician gave me a script for zyrtec, which is being filled today. However, I picked up some Hyland's Homeopathic liquid nighttime allergy medicine just to see if we could do this in a more natural way. I'll say...1. didn't make him tired at all and 2. didn't work at all. I almost felt like I gave him the wrong dosage because it was like he never took it.
So here are my questions...
1. Any ideas on if this sounds like allergies?
2. Does the homeopathic medicine have to build up in the system?
3. What's your experience with zyrtec?
4. Any other ideas out there?
I've never dealt with allergies but I'm willing to start learning more about it. I had a feeling it could possibly be that because I was first giving him nighttime triaminic when the cough was bad but when it didn't clear up I gave him some benedryl and that seems to make it go away asap. But I don't want to pump my kid full of medicine every night so he can sleep.