DD (3.5y) is writhing with itchiness from chickenpox at night, weeping and so uncomfortable. We have done oatmeal baths (seemed to make her more itchy), bicarbonate baths (helped a bit but she can't sleep in a bath), piriton makes her hyper and calamine cream has no effect. Just been to Boots and the pharmacist said he wasn't allowed to sell it for use in a child under 6. Both DD and I totally wrung out from basically no sleep for two nights. I want her to get some rest. She is in bed with me at night so I can keep an eye on her. I suppose I coudl go to another chemist and lie but I'm not wild about doing that and anyway it's Easter Monday not much open round here. I knew all about it being banned in under 2s but not under 6s. Is it because some parents are using it as a sleeping drug - surely they are exactly the sort of people who will just lie to the chemist anyway
no I want it to give her relief so she will get some rest which I think would really benefit her I also have an 18mo who is a rubbish sleeper and I have never given her anything to make her sleep. If DC1 does sleep then I will still be up 3 or 4 times with DC2.
You could try for a placebo effect I suppose - give her something - honey or anything and tell her it will make her sleep. In some children that would relax them enough to let them sleep naturally - depends what stage her itching is at really - but if she's very tense about it that might be keeping her awake as much as the medical problem iyswim.
I just think it is odd, they have withdrawn it for a reason, not to be cruel but to protect children. If i post a thread wondering whether i should give my dc antbiotics i am told i should always follow doc/pharmacist advice so with Medised why should it be different? I don't like anything that knocks children out so dramatically. I do sympathise with horrible chickenpox and lack of sleep, just think it is banned for a reason.
I have never heard of or experienced it myself that it 'knocks' kids out so spectaularly
my children and those whose parents I know have never sen any diference except the symptom releif before it was banned I gave it to gecko so she could bf and she still wokle all night as she alwasy does BUT she could breathe through her nose so she could bf
they have recalled it because of MISUSE not because the correct dose is a harmful thing to gove
no i don't Trinity. I just find it odd that on all other points the consensus is to follow what we're told from NHS but on this point parents are prepared to lie to get medised. I have never used it but have seen here and heard from parents i know that they use it on long flights as a sedative. I know that is not the case for you or OP, and i get your problem totally [i remember having to use saline drops almost constantly when dd too congested to feed] but if it were just misuse that led to the pharmacy ban you should still be able to get it on prescription. If you can't there must be a genuine medical reason behind the ban.