Our allergy specialist prescribed us two different anti-histamines under medical supervision, to try to control our daughter's itching.

We were advised about the safe limits we could use and what initial dosage we should begin with.

My must stress that we only undertook the use of anti histamines after discussions with our own doctor and with a medical professional, that is, the allergy specialist at the hospital.

It is vitally important to get suitabily qualified medical advice from a medical professional, as with any medicine, the effects on children can be acute if not correctly administered and monitored.

Anti-histamines are medicines and must be treated as such, with due diligence, ensuring any risks are reduced.

Antihistamine drugs

Certain anti-histamines are available over the counter at a pharmacists without the need for a prescription, that is, a doctor's special note is not required.

Such anti-histamines again need to be approached with care and a good pharmacist will often ask plenty of questions to determine someone's suitability.

The allergy specialist at the hospital advised us, we needed a slightly different type for our daughter. I can't exactly remember why, but I do remember them explaining the details as to why and what these anti-histamines could do.

I also am not going to name the anti-histamines prescribed, as I am not a medical professional who advises on such matters.

Antihistamine effects

The anti-histamines made two important changes in the quality of life of our daughter. Firstly, they did have a dramatic effect on her itching and overall she seemed to scratch less. Again, I can't say this conclusively, as other things we may have being doing in conjunction, may have also helped.

Secondly, the antihistamine taken at night was a drowsy one, which allowed our daughter to fall asleep must quickly, again, reducing the time to scratch and therefore irritate her skin.

The improvement in sleeping turned our daughter into a wonderful child, who was a lot more relaxed and was just amazing to be with.

Antihistamine restrictions

As we were prescribed two different types of anti-histamines, one for the morning which was non drowsy and one just before bedtime which was slight drowsy, the importance of medical supervision to attain these anti-histamines must not be overlooked.

It's important to be careful with anti-histamines, especially in young children and medical advice is needed. We did ask whether we could use anti-histamines, when our daughter was a toddler, however, the doctor advised us we weren't allowed to use anti-histamines with our daughter until she was over two years old.

As the medical advice we were given told us under no conditions were we to use anti-histamines, even the over the counter ones available from the pharmacies, as they could cause side effects. These side effects, was just a polite way of saying 'untold damage' to the development of our daughter and this is not something we are prepared to do. We'd rather live with her having chronic eczema than jeopardise her health in anyway.

This is the most important part of anti-histamines, anyone wishing to look at these, needs to get the right medical advice from suitabily qualified person.

I think it's vitally important in getting your child to be able to sleep by themselves as this can increase the quality of your life, by allowing you to get some sleep too. By using the techniques advised by our sleep therapist, we found immense benefits from controlled crying.