What antihistamine can I give my 7 month old?
“For infants six months or older I usually recommend children’s Zyrtec, which is also an antihistamine. Benadryl is short-acting and can cause drowsiness or hyperactivity in some babies, so I prefer Zyrtec which creates more of a steady state and has fewer side effects.”
Can a 1 year old take antihistamine?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against giving any cold or cough medicine containing an antihistamine to a child under the age of 2. According to the FDA, this type of medicine could cause serious side effects in toddlers and babies, including rapid heart rate and convulsions.
What age can I give antihistamine?
Cetirizine tablets and liquid that you buy from pharmacies and supermarkets can be taken by adults and children aged 6 and older. Children over the age of 2 can also take liquid cetirizine for hay fever and skin allergies. Cetirizine can also be taken under medical supervision by children aged 1 year and older.
What can I give my infant for allergies?
Allergy Help for Infants
Oral antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), and Allegra (fexofenadine) are available OTC in kid-friendly formulations. These meds help with sneezing, itching, eye irritation, and runny nose.
What antihistamine is safe for infants?
Antihistamines. Non-drowsy, long-acting antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra and Clarinex are available in children’s form over the counter and are generally safe for little ones ages 2 and older, as long as you get the okay from your doctor.
Why are antihistamines bad for infants?
Antihistamines, which affect the central nervous system, can sedate kids, but they can also cause what’s called a “paradoxical reaction,” meaning they can cause hyperactivity. They can also lead to seizures and cardiac arrhythmia.
Can 1 year old have allergy medicine?
Allergy medicines, even over-the-counter medicines are not recommended for use in babies under age 2 years.
Do antihistamines weaken immune system?
Antihistamines do not suppress the immune system, and we have found no evidence that antihistamines would increase a person’s chances of contracting coronavirus or affect a person’s ability to fight a coronavirus infection.
How much antihistamine can I give my child?
Adults—5 to 10 milligrams (mg) once a day. Children 6 years of age and older—5 to 10 mg once a day. Children 4 to 6 years of age—2.5 mg once a day, up to a maximum of 5 mg once a day or 2.5 mg twice a day.
What is the best antihistamine for a rash?
If you think a medication caused your rash, stop using it and contact your primary care provider. Use an over-the-counter anti-itch drug. A nonprescription oral antihistamine, such as loratadine (Claritin), cetirizine (Zyrtec Allergy) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl Allergy, others), may help relieve itching.