Childhood Diseases

Posted by: kerry | 2009-06-28



hi. my son is 14 months old. he has always been a bad sleeper but since he started teething he wakes 5+ times a night. this has been going on for 8+ months. i tried sleep training but he was very traumatised by it. i took him to paed for a check up and he prescribed vallergan to break the habit. i gave it to him 3.5ml' s for 14 days. he slept through for the first 6 nights then he cut a tooth and woke up anyway. now i have stopped and it looks like he is cutting molars and doesnt sleep again. i phoned my paed who said i should just carry on with the vallergan for however long. one or 2 months even. i just want a second opinion on this? is it safe? wont he get addicted? do you think this will be effective? also can you possibily recommend a paed my current one is at wilgeheuwel hospital and we are in rand park ridge area. thanks so much for your time.

Expert's Reply



I am very opposed to the use of Vallergan or any other strong sedative in babies. Vallergan is an old fashioned antihistamine that has strong sedative effects. It makes babies extremely unhappy the next day after it has been used the night before. Your baby needs someting for pain such as Calpol or Panado but only if necessary and a local teething gel such as Pansoral if he is uncomfortable.Do not use any sedatives.
I am unable to answer the second part of your question as I cannot find any information on paediatricians in your area.

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