My son, nearly 7 years old, is currently taking 5mg of Singulair with spring seasonal allergies. I despise maintenance meds and was able to keep him off of it during the winter when his symptoms were gone (he started it in the fall). His allergies are pretty severe and disruptive to his daily routine and have led to asthma attacks when severe enough. However, I *just* learned that it (in his dosage) contains aspartame and isn't available in his dosage without aspartame. Since I don't like maintenance meds, it seems a great time to find a natural alternative. I've been reading up on butterbur, and a few sources cite it as the "Singulair of the herbal world," according to WebMD which was referring to a published study regarding how butterbur is as effective as antihistamines without the side effects. But I'm also reading that it can be damaging to the liver and kidneys and that if it's not a "PA free" source, it's even more dangerous. There was a great link from the UK which cites studies that have been done on children 6+ with great results.
Does anyone use butterbur for their kids (or themselves)? What's a good dosage for a 7 year old (about 80#)? And do you have any recommendations for a good source to buy through to get a safe, clean source of butterbur? I've read you can get gelcaps and I'd prefer that. No one I know has any experience, but I'm desperate to try this and get him away from Singulair - which I'm also finding out is linked with suicide and mood imbalances. I am not keen on him staying on it, but the days I've tried to skip meds have been awful and miserable for him, including needing the nebulizer one morning.