03 September 2020

SPONSORED: Allergies in children

Allergex Non-Drowsy Syrup is a long acting antihistamine that only needs to be taken once daily.

An allergy is an abnormal reaction of the body’s immune system to a substance called an allergen.

The substance is either eaten, inhaled or touched by the child. Non-allergic children can tolerate this substance,3 but the immune system of those children that are allergic to this substance react to it as if it were a foreign body and then tries to destroy it.4

This causes the child’s body to release chemicals like histamine, which creates the symptoms of allergy.

Allergex Non-drowsy Syrup is then used for the relief of these symptoms, which are associated with allergic rhinitis such as sneezing, runny nose and itching of nose and throat.

This type of syrup is also indicated for the relief of chronic idiopathic urticaria (hives) and other allergic dermatoses (allergic skin reactions).5

What is happening with your child

The symptoms of an allergic reaction can vary from person to person. Allergens can affect your child’s skin, respiratory tract, and other organs.1

Suspecting that your child may have allergies could be worrisome. Maybe your daughter has developed an itchy nose or throat, or maybe your son is having a constantly running nose or maybe they suffering from constant wheezing and sneezing.

You don’t know what is causing their symptoms, but you know seeing them miserable makes you miserable too.

Being a child with allergies can be dif?cult; staying indoors on beautiful but pollen-heavy days, being left out at the lunch tables, or having to skip a birthday cake. Children with allergies therefore need support from their parents, who should understand and respect their limitations.

And being the parent of a child who is allergic can be challenging, because you have to say “no” to getting a pet, “no” to take-away foods, “no” to playing at friends house.

Common allergy triggers for your child

Any child can develop an allergy. It happens when their immune system overreacts to a substance that is normally harmless.  When your child eats, touches or breathes in an allergen, their immune system releases histamines that causes symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Common child allergy triggers include:2

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Animal dander
  • Insect stings
  • Certain medications
  • Certain foods

Allergies Affecting Your child's Skin

When your child comes in contact with an allergen, they may develop contact dermatitis which makes their skin appear2

  • Red
  • Itchy
  • Scaly
  • Bumpy
  • Swollen

If they touch, inhale or eat an allergen, they can also develop welts on their skin which are always itchy. Some children develop eczema, which causes their skin to become in?amed, itchy and irritated, even when they did not make contact with an allergen.

Respiratory Symptoms

Your child's respiratory tract and sinuses can also be affected by allergic reactions. These type of symptoms include:2

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Red, itchy or watery eyes
  • A feeling of pressure in their face
  • Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath

If your child has a severe allergy, they may develop anaphylaxis. This is potentially a life-threatening allergic reaction. It can cause their airways to close, making it difficult to breathe.

Managing your child's allergic symptoms

To manage your child’s allergic symptoms, consult your child’s doctor who will likely recommend certain medications.

For example, the doctor may recommend over-the-counter antihistamine. Allergex Non-Drowsy Syrup contains Loratadine. Loratadine is a long acting antihistamine, that only needs to be taken once daily.

To find out more about Allergies and Allergex Non-Drowsy and its benefits, visit

Live, Work, Play Allergy Free with Allergex Non-Drowsy.  

1. Allergy insider. Children with allergies. (accessed 23 August 2020)
2. Hope. J. Natural remedies for children's allergies. Healthline. 29 August 2013. (accessed 23 August 2020)
3. Health24 Allergy. A-Z of allergies. [Online] July 2012. [Cited September 2015]; Available from URL:
4. Medical News Today. What are allergies? What is an allergy? [Online] September 2013. [Cited September 2015]; Available from URL:
5. Allergex Non Drowsy Syrup PI, January 2003.

S1 Allergex® Non Drowsy Tablets. Each tablet contains loratadine 10 mg. Reg. No. 36/5.7.1/0286.

S1 Allergex® Non Drowsy Syrup. Each 5 ml contains loratadine 5 mg. Reg. No. 36/5.7.1/0008.

For full prescribing information, refer to the package insert approved by the medicines regulatory authority. Adcock Ingram Limited. Reg. No. 1949/034385/06. Private Bag X69, Bryanston, 2021, South Africa. Tel. +27 11 635 0000 202008241053400. 


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Dr Morris is the Principal Allergist at the Cape Town and Johannesburg Allergy Clinics with postgraduate diplomas in Allergology, Dermatology, Paediatrics and Family Medicine dealing with both adult and childhood allergies.

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