Childhood Diseases

Posted by: jpix | 2008-11-05


Allergic reaction

Hi Doc
LO is now 14mnths old, he has had two previous episodes where he breaks out in hives, the last time they did all the standard allergy tests but couldn' t pin it down. He had another " attack"  yesterday, i gave him celestamine and prohist straight away to get it under control, however by the time we got the the doc they had to give him oxygen. This started at 9 yesterday morning, last night once the medication had worn off the hives came back and same thing this morning? he hasn' t eaten or done anything out of the ordinary? any thoughts? and how safe is 2ml celestamine and 1ml prohist every 8 hours for his age?

Expert's Reply



You absolutely must see a paediatric allergist urgently in order to find out what is causing your child's allergic reactions. The latest reaction I consider to be due to anaphylaxis which is a life threatening allergic reaction!Prohist is no longer recommended for children under 2 years and Celestamine is a combination of a very strong cortisone with an old fashioned antihistamine called polaramine.Rather use Zyrtec syrup 2.5ml once daily until you can get an appointment with a paediatric allergist.Think back very carefully as to what your baby ate on the day that he had the last severe reaction.

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