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07:41 am: the ongoing cough saga
That could be the ongoing cough or the ongoing saga. I'll leave it to you to decide.

We went back to the doctor last week because, 3 weeks after his last doctor's visit, Teddy still had the cough that was supposed to have been gone after another week (he'd already had it at least a week by that time).

Still no sign of asthma. :phew: But he does have allergies. Pollen has been the worst 'round here in decades (as have the squirrels - I've no idea if the two are connected), so I'm hoping it's overload rather than a new development.

(I was told, years ago, that everyone's allergic to pollen. It's just a question of how much it takes to trigger each individual. I have no idea if it's really true, as I haven't bothered to research it. Seems logical, anyway.)

In any case, Teddy is coughing because of post-nasal drip, as I suspected. The doctor said we should use Triaminic instead of Benadryl (he also said that Benadryl is out of your system in 2 hours, which I don't actually believe). The orange Triaminic.

Fortunately, Teddy loves orange Triaminic.

Unfortunately, Triaminic has phenylpropanolamine (as well as chlorpheniramine), which is an amphetamine.

A 5-year-old. On an amphetamine. Some kids respond to amphetamines as if they were relaxants. Teddy is not one of those kids.

His first night on Triaminic was noooo fun.

His second night, we tried the purple Triaminic, which also has phenylpropanolamine and chlorpheniramine, but it has something like 10 times as much chlorpheniramine as the orange Triaminic.

His second night was not a lot more fun than the first night, despite his lack of rest the night before. And he was up coughing for hours in the middle of the night. So I gave him Benadryl and he fell asleep.

Now he's on orange Triaminic during the day and Benadryl at night.

Part of why the doctor recommends Triaminic is that Benadryl makes kids sleepy. As if that were a bad thing? No, I don't believe in drugging your kid under ordinary circumstances, but when a big part of the problem is that the child is not getting adequate sleep? Seems as though sleepiness would be a good thing.

IANAD, but IAMKM (I Am My Kid's Mother), and I'm sticking with the sleeping-at-night plan.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 30th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
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IAMKM2--and I am soooooooo sympathetic. When ya'll were little, my favorite cold medicine made you all dopey -- neither MD or moms knew any better. And considering the impact of colds (your ear infections chiefly) we were all happy not to know. Nighttime is for sleeping -- for parents and kids.

YoMaMa

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From:katehaney
Date:May 31st, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)

absolutely!

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Your second makes the decision all the more valid, thanks!
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