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Kids and Allergies: Generic Zyrtec — at last
Thursday, 28 Aug, 2008 – 6:28 | 2 Comments

Coming to a discount retailer near you — or, at least, me: Generic Zyrtec for children!

I saw the syrup with my own eyes at Target today. Unfortunately, Big Guy views “swallow pills” as a mark of maturity and disdains syrup as baby stuff. But where there’s syrup, tablets couldn’t be too far behind.

We’ve loved Zyrtec from afar for the past year. I had to give it up last summer and switch Big Guy back to Claritin after our insurer dropped Zyrtec from its formulary. I hated to do it — Zyrtec worked far better for him — but at $50 a month, I simply couldn’t afford it.

I considered going back to Zyrtec when it went over the counter at the beginning of the year, but it still was pricey.

Now, though, there’s hope

Kids and Allergie: Benadryl Quick Dissolve Strips end the mess
Sunday, 8 Jun, 2008 – 7:23 | One Comment

Maybe I’m the last dolt on Earth to tote around an anaphylaxis emergency kit that’s sticky from a previously used bottle of Benadryl that starts to ooze the second it’s in any position but vertical.

Maybe I’m the last idiot who’d just as soon throw away a practically new bottle rather than deal with the mess it inevitably will make when it starts dripping all over the Epi-Pen and albuterol inhaler it shares a tote bag with.

On the off chance I’m not, I wanted to pass along this tip from the school nurse at Big Guy’s soon-to-be kindergarten: Benadryl Quick Dissolve Strips.

Technically, they’re approved only for ages 6 to 12. Then again, so’s regular Benadryl. But when two doctors tell me to immediately hit him with two teaspoons of Benadryl (a dose